“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts has publicly acknowledge she’s gay for the first time.
The “GMA” host posted a message on her Facebook page celebrating the one-year anniversary of the day her dog KJ was allowed to return home 100 days after her bone marrow transplant. In the message (the entire post is below), Roberts acknowledged for the first time publicly her longtime girl friend Amber Laign.
“I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together,” she wrote in the post.
There has been speculation about the 53-year-old news host’s sexuality over the years, but it’s never been anything Roberts has publicly discussed. Roberts has apparently been open with her family, friends and co-workers about her sexuality.
In August 2012, the Pass Christian, Mississippi-bred talent took a hiatus from “GMA” to be treated for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)—a rare disease of the blood and bone marrow can be caused by the treatment for cancer. In 2008, Roberts battled breast cancer. Roberts had her transplant surgery in October of 2012.
Her triumphant return to the show on February 20, 2013 and the impact her announcement had on the National Marrow Donor Program is part of the reason Roberts was selected as one of Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2013.”
PHOTO: Robin Roberts’ Facebook post on December 28, 2013.