After publicly acknowledging her long-time girlfriend in a Facebook message on Dec. 29, Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts spoke out for the first time about Amber Laign on Monday and shared personal photos of the two, and RadarOnline.com has all the details.
While reflecting on their holiday vacations, Roberts, 53, mentions a family wedding she attended in Louisiana after sunning in Turks and Caicos.
“The highlight, my dear niece Judith, her wedding. And the family was all together in Baton Rouge over the weekend and we have a family photo there,” Roberts says, showing a picture to the audience.
“Next to me is my girlfriend Amber, and my sister-in-law Cynthia and my brother Butch.”
Co-anchor George Stephanopoulos brought up Roberts’ year-end post on Facebook where she first opened up about her relationship with Laign saying, “It was no surprise to any of us, but at the end of your post, you did tell everyone about Amber and about your relationship and I hope that was a good experience for you.”
“I’m gonna tell you all this and you know because you’ve had a front row seat all that tumultuous year I had, I have never been happier or healthier than I am right now,” she said to cheers and applause from the staff and crew.
“My year end post was just full of gratitude and just telling everyone all that I’m grateful, including my girlfriend Amber who really loved me through a difficult year and I’m very happy for the support and it’s just letting everybody know, reflect on what got you to where you are right now, be grateful for where you are.”
Laign is a licensed massage therapist. She and Roberts have been together for at least a decade and reside in an apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West side.
In 2007 Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer and completed treatment by 2008 leaving her cancer-free, but in 2012 she was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder — myelodysplastic syndrome — and had a bone marrow transplant that had her on leave from the hit ABC show from Oct. 2012 until Feb. 2013.
“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 first mentioned Laign in her Facebook post.