Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts officially came out as a lesbian on Facebook, thanking her longtime girlfriend Amber Laign for sticking by her through thick and thin, including Roberts' battle with cancer.
In an end-of-the-year message thanking fans for all the blessings she received in 2013 and reflecting on a year since her 100th post-transplant day, Roberts wrote, "I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together."
Aww! So who is Amber Laign? Get to know the blond beauty here!
There's an age gap.
At 53, Robin Roberts is 14 years older than her significant other. The difference is clearly not an issue for the couple, who has lived together for a decade and jetted off to Hawaii in August for a well-deserved vacation.
Laign specializes in making people feel good.
Laign is a licensed massage therapist with her own practice, and she specializes in patients and clients recovering from injuries. We bet she was a truly soothing presence for Roberts in her times of need, especially with her fights against cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome.
She's a California girl at heart.
Laign is a San Francisco Bay native. With her golden hair and tan skin, she looks the part!
Laign and Roberts have been subject to gay rumors for a long time.
The couple has been photographed together numerous times, but usually with other people, which caused some pretty loud whispers—and now a proverbial shout from the rooftops for Roberts.
She's dedicated to Roberts in a big way.
Laign and Roberts met through mutual pals a decade ago and are still going strong, even through Roberts' numerous trials, tribulations and health issues over the past few years. They live together in New York City.
Roberts' colleagues adore her ... and knew Laign for quite some time.
ABC News supported Roberts' move, releasing a statement about Roberts' own statement. "We love Robin and Amber, who we have all known for a long time," the release read. "We were so touched by Robin's Facebook message today and so thankful for all the loving support she has in her life." So sweet!
Their love has presidential approval.
Even Michelle Obama cheered the lovebirds taking their longterm relationship public. "I am so happy for you and Amber! You continue to make us all proud," the FLOTUS tweeted.
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