Beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts thanked her longtime girlfriend Amber Laign in a recent Facebook post. Roberts, who has been having a public battle with myleodysplastic syndrome, mentioned Laign among a slew of her other supporters.
“At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude. I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health,” she wrote. “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. I am grateful for the many prayers and well wishes for my recovery. I return every one of them to you 100 fold. On this last Sunday of 2013 I encourage you to reflect on what you are grateful for too.”
This appears to be the first time Roberts has publicly acknowledged the relationship. An ABC spokesperson told Variety that Roberts has been in a relationship with Laign for 10 years.
No public figure is under any obligation to share his or her sexual orientation with the world at large, but it is nice to see that people are becoming more comfortable speaking about their loved ones. I also like the way she casually mentioned her girlfriend along with her other supporters. There was no need for a big splashy magazine cover with her “coming out” or some seedy article asking inappropriate questions. This is just her life and she decided to share a little more of it with her fans.