‘Good Morning America’ anchor comes out

OlympianDecember 31, 2013 

File-This Feb. 24, 2013 file photo shows broadcaster Robin Roberts arriving at the 85th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Roberts thanked her longtime girlfriend, Amber Laign, in a year-end post published on the ABC News anchor’s Facebook page on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. The message comes after Roberts’ battle with a life-threatening illness. This is the first time the “Good Morning America” anchor has publicly acknowledged her 10-year, same-sex relationship with Laign, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area, who focuses on patients recovering from injuries.

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“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts generated a lot of headlines in 2013, most about the popular newswoman’s health. At the close of the year, Roberts is opening up about her personal life, as she publicly acknowledged for the first time that she is gay.

In a Facebook message posted Sunday, Roberts wrote, “I am grateful for my entire family, my longtime girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together. I am grateful for the many prayers and well wishes for my recovery. I return every one of them to you 100 fold.”

The New York Daily News reported that the Amber that Roberts referred to is Amber Laign, a licensed massage therapist, who has been in a relationship with Roberts in New York for more than a decade.

Though Roberts has never publicly addressed her sexuality, it has not been a secret among those who know her. She was selected by President Barack Obama to conduct his 2012 interview in which he came out in favor of same-sex marriage.

On Monday, first lady Michelle Obama tweeted congratulations to Roberts, writing, “I am so happy for you and Amber! You continue to make us all proud.”

Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant in late 2012 to treat the rare blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome. She returned to “GMA” in February and has enjoyed ratings success.

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