Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts addressed her fans in a year-end facebook post yesterday, touching on her recovery from a bone marrow transplant a year ago and discussing her sexual orientation in a public forum for the first time.
“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 wrote. “I am grateful for the many prayers and well wishes for my recovery. I return every one of them to you 100 fold.”
It was the first public mention Roberts has ever made of her girlfriend, and ABC News quickly responded with a statement praising what amounted to a coming-out announcement. “We love Robin and Amber, who we have all known for a long time,” the statement read. “We were so touched by her Facebook message today and so thankful for all the loving support she has in her life.””
Moments ago, first lady Michelle Obama added her voice to the congratulatory chorus:
.@RobinRoberts, I am so happy for you and Amber! You continue to make us all proud. -mo— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) December 30, 2013Roberts is the second celebrity to come out in recent days, joining figure skater Brian Boitano, who made his announcement ahead of a trip to the Sochi Olympics as part of the U.S. delegation.
Roberts returned to GMA in September, and recently completed a deal to remain with ABC News for the foreseeable future.