Robin Roberts is in peak health and out of the closet. The Good Morning America revealed in a Facebook post that she has been in a gay relationship for the last decade with girlfriend Amber Laign, a massage therapist originally from San Francisco. Roberts thanked her girlfriend for her support as she celebrated her good health post bone marrow transplant. The acknowledgment of her gay relationship with Laign via the low-key Facebook post marked the first time that the TV anchor had spoken publicly about her sexual orientation.
"At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude," Roberts wrote. "I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health. I am grateful for my sister, Sally-Ann, for being my donor and giving me the gift of life. I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together."
In response to Roberts coming out, ABC also released a statement that showed their full support for the Good Morning America anchor. “We love Robin and Amber, who we have all known for a long time,” said the network. “We were so touched by Robin’s Facebook message today and so thankful for all the loving support she has in her life."
The TV anchor survived a bone marrow transplant last year to treat myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a disorder spurred by her treatment for breast cancer in 2007 that also included chemotherapy. She made a triumphant return to Good Morning America this past February, with the entire crew cheering her on as she walked into the studio.
"Hi, it's Robin, and I've been waiting 174 days to say this: Good morning, America!" she yelled at the beginning of her comeback broadcast. "I keep pinching myself, and I realize that this is real, this is actually happening. Faith, family and friends have brought me to this moment and I am so full of gratitude." She also received a video greeting from Barack and Michelle Obama.
She left the show in August 2012 to receive treatment for her MDS, but made it clear that she intended to eventually return to work. “I know the journey ahead will not be easy, but I’m going to focus on all these gifts,” she said. “Forty percent of Americans can’t even take a sick day, and here I know that I’m going to have a job when I come back.”