'GMA's' Robin Roberts comes out as gay, reveals Amber Laign is 'long time girlfriend'
"Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts has publicly come out as a lesbian. In a letter posted on her Facebook page, she addresses her sexual orientation by acknowledging her "long time girlfriend" named 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," Roberts writes in her post, which reflects back on what she is grateful for in her life since her bone marrow transplant in 2012.
As CNN's Brian Stelter notes on Twitter, "That message is the first time that @RobinRoberts has spoken publicly about her sexual orientation." Stelter wrote the book "Top of the Morning," which discusses the anchors on ABC's "GMA" and NBC's "Today." Roberts has been out to her family, friends and coworkers for years, but has never publicly acknowledged her sexuality.
An ABC News spokeswoman tells Variety that Laign and Roberts have been in a relationship for 10 years. Laign is a massage therapist in private practice who hails from the Bay Area.
Roberts is joining good company of TV news anchors who have come out openly as homosexual. Her former "GMA" coworker Sam Champion is out, as are Anderson Cooper and Thomas Roberts.