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Robin Roberts of 'Good Morning America' Reveals She's Gay

Monday, 30 Dec 2013 10:39 AM

By Clyde Hughes

ABC's "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts came out as gay Sunday, revealing her same-sex relationship with a San Francisco massage therapist on a Facebook posting, People magazine reported.

Roberts, who has battled various health problems recently, talked about her challenges and acknowledged the support of Amber Laign, who she described on Facebook as her "longtime girlfriend."

People.com wrote that Laign is a licensed massage therapist and has a private practice specializing in patients recovering from injuries. Roberts and Laign have been together for 10 years, according to People.com.

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"Reading this comforts me and I hope the same for you," Roberts said in her Facebook post. "If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.' At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude."

According to Variety, ABC News has continued to bring attention to the personal lives of its on-air personalities. Variety wrote that ABC News' Amy Robach went public about breast cancer diagnoses on television. She eventually underwent a double mastectomy and returned to ABC News in December.

In 2007, Roberts announced her breast cancer diagnoses and its remission. Last year, Roberts was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disorder, and needed a bone marrow transplant, People.com noted.

Roberts' sister, Sally Ann, served as her bone marrow donor.

According to BuzzFeed.com, ABC News issued a statement of support for Roberts.

"We love Robin and Amber, who we have all known for a long time," the ABC News statement read. "We were so touched by Robin's Facebook message today and so thankful for all the loving support she has in her life."

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Roberts, a Mississippi native, became a local sports reporter after earning a degree from Southeastern Louisiana University on a basketball scholarship and joined ESPN as an anchor, according to Biography.com. She became a full time anchor for "Good Morning America" in 2005.

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