If you’re wondering why Robin Roberts always has a huge smile on her face, it’s most likely thanks to her longtime partner, Amber Laign! The Good Morning America star couldn’t be happier living a life of bliss with her gorgeous girlfriend of more than 15 years.
The couple first started dating after being set up on a blind date in 2005. However, the beloved news anchor kept her relationship with Amber on the down-low for nearly a decade until she proudly came out as gay in 2013.
Robin first spoke about her sexuality as she thanked loved ones for being by her side during her bone marrow transplant in 2012. The TV broadcaster gave a sweet shout-out to Amber while reflecting on a “critical milestone” in her treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome.
“I am grateful for my entire family, my longtime girlfriend, Amber, and friends, as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together,” Robin sweetly penned on Facebook as she celebrated “100 days post-transplant” and was finally able to come home in December 2012.
After sharing the news of their loving relationship, Robin revealed how grateful she was to have Amber by her side during her cancer battle. “Not everybody wants to be in the spotlight,” the Everybody’s Got Something author explained during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014.
“She’s very, very supportive and she’s been right there beside me every step of the way,” Robin gushed. “It was actually the end of the year on my Facebook …I had been thanking my doctors, my nurses and my sister, who was a perfect match. And I said [to Amber], ‘I want to say thank you.'”
Aside from having her love’s back during her battle with myelodysplastic syndrome — which is a disease of the bone marrow that could progress to leukemia, according to Mayo Clinic — Robin has also praised Amber for being the most thoughtful partner.
“It was my 50th birthday celebration and Amber had heard me moaning and groaning about some kind of party,” she recalled during a 2015 interview with AARP magazine. “I’d told her all I wanted to do was dance on the beach. We were on Turks and Caicos. She set the whole thing up — a dance floor on the beach — as a surprise. But then it rained. Still, I was just thrilled that she heard me.”
Although Robin and Amber have yet to reveal if they plan to walk down the aisle together in the future, there’s no doubt their love is stronger than ever. In July 2020, the World News Tonight host and the blonde beauty celebrated their 15th anniversary. Robin gave fans a rare glimpse inside their special day as she reposted a tribute from her soulmate.
“Having you by my side is a gift as we continue to navigate this thing called life. I drive you crazy … I know, which is why I love you even more to this day,” read Amber’s note. “You have the kindest heart and most beautiful soul than anyone I know. You have shown me time and time again to stay humble and to always treat others with the utmost respect, as you never know what one might be going through. Beautiful … absolutely beautiful. I love you with all my heart, boo boo. Happy 15th anniversary!” Robin also gifted her a set of personalized crystal champagne glasses to celebrate the crystal anniversary!
On February 24, 2022, Robin took to social media to share some very emotional news with her fans. “My sweet Amber wanted me to tell you something that she’s been facing. At the end of last year, Amber was diagnosed with breast cancer,” the former ESPN sportscaster said. “She had surgery last month and this morning will begin chemotherapy.”
Robin went on to say “the prognosis is good” and thanked their family and close friends for keeping her partner’s cancer battle private. She also shared that she will be taking time off periodically from GMA to be with Amber during her treatment.
“She and I have been together almost 17 years and have helped each other through our challenges like my journey with cancer,” the From the Heart author said. “It’s my turn now to be there for her like she was for me.”
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