'Good Morning America' host Robin Roberts reveals same-sex relationship

NEW YORK Sun Dec 29, 2013 6:04pm EST

Television host Robin Roberts speaks after being awarded a Peabody Award for her work in ''Robin's Journey'' in New York May 20, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Television host Robin Roberts speaks after being awarded a Peabody Award for her work in ''Robin's Journey'' in New York May 20, 2013.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts publicly acknowledged a same-sex relationship for the first time on Sunday afternoon in a Facebook post reflecting on her recovery from a blood disorder.

Roberts, 53, included the information alongside a picture of her and her dog in a post marking a milestone in her recovery from the bone marrow transplant she underwent in 2012.

"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.

Roberts also expressed gratitude for her sister Sally-Ann, who donated marrow for Roberts's surgery, as well as for the health professionals who cared for her, God, and fans who sent well wishes.

This is the first time Roberts has publicly mentioned a relationship with a woman.

In 2012 Roberts was diagnosed with the blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and took a medical leave of absence from "Good Morning America." She returned to the show in February 2013 and won a Peabody Award the same year for "Robin's Journey," a series of TV reports that chronicled her battle against MDS.

Five years earlier she had been treated for breast cancer.

Roberts is currently writing a memoir about her health struggles and the lessons she learned from them. The book is due to be published in April by Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group.

A representative from Grand Central Publishing did not respond to requests for comment, and it is unknown whether Roberts will discuss her relationship or sexuality in the book.

(Editing by Leslie Adler)

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Comments (5)
Raelyn wrote:
So what? She is a great lady. Her friends love her, her fans love her, her co-workers love her, and God loves her.

Dec 29, 2013 10:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
justice159 wrote:
Not a secret why a big deal? Keep it to your self America doesn’t want to know who your doing in the bedroom!

Dec 29, 2013 11:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Maurissa wrote:
I applaud Robin for her success in battling her various
physical disorders. It can’t possibly have been easy.
I wish her a full and healthy, happy life sans medical issues.
That she is “gay” is of no surprise to many of us. “Coming” out is
often saved for a particular moment of grace. If one is so fortunate.
In Robin’s case, I felt that while she had enormous support from her
colleagues, family, and friends, somewhere in the scenario there had to be that one very special partner. I wish them both well.
very special person

Dec 30, 2013 7:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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