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You just can’t win with some people. Robin Roberts, who came out earlier this year, spent her entire professional career never acknowledging her sexuality to the viewing public. But (and I’m assuming here) when a person battles life threatening diseases, that can put a new perspective on things. So when Robin went through her latest battle with myelodysplastic syndrome she took the time to acknowledge the people she loved and had been a source of encouragement and support and that included her longtime partner Amber Laign.
Though rumors had been swirling for a while about Robin’s personal life there were a few who were taken aback. And then there were those who had known all a long and still found fault in Robin’s coming out. They weren’t homophobic, instead they felt she should have come out sooner… like it was their life she was living.
Either way, in a recent interview with Good Housekeeping, Roberts addressed the critics.
“News flash: Some people like their anonymity. This is what’s right for me. Love is love, and I’m grateful to have that. Sometimes there’s a stigma attached to how people view you if you’re living a certain way. But I don’t care — you gotta live your life. You gotta find what happiness is and what it means for you, and you can’t get caught up in what someone is saying about you on Twitter. You don’t go through a year like I did to not be happy and not make your own choices.”
Let ‘em know Robin. If people could just learn to worry about themselves, the world would be a much better place.
What do you think about Robin’s response? Do you believe she should have spoken about her sexual orientation sooner?
You can read the rest of Robin’s interview over at Good Housekeeping.
Robin Roberts opened up about “long time girlfriend” Amber for the first time on December 29, 2013 when she thanked Amber for her support after enduring a bone marrow transplant a year before. Amber, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area, met Roberts through a mutual friendship and they’ve been together for a decade. While the Good Morning America host received an outpouring of support, a few bashed her for keeping her same-sex relationship a secret. Roberts had a few choice words for these critics, The Huffington Post reports.
“Others, though, were asking, ‘Why didn’t you say something about her before? Why are you only recognizing her now?” Roberts said in an interview with Good Housekeeping. “News flash: Some people like their anonymity. This is what’s right for me.”
“Love is love, and I’m grateful to have that. Sometimes there’s a stigma attached to how people view you if you’re living a certain way. But I don’t care — you gotta live your life. You gotta find what happiness is and what it means for you, and you can’t get caught up in what someone is saying about you on Twitter. You don’t go through a year like I did to not be happy and not make your own choices,” she continued.
As for her health, the Good Morning America host says she doesn’t know what tomorrow may bring, but she’s taking it one day at a time — filled with optimism.
“I’m grateful I had the strength to fight. It takes courage to believe the best is yet to come, especially when you are flat on your back and don’t know if you’re going to see tomorrow…I believe optimism is a choice — a muscle that gets stronger with use. Right foot, left foot…just keep moving,” Roberts said, according to USA Today.
Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts will be doing a little moonlighting. She will be a guest judge on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Roberts will appear on the show next Monday, sitting beside the regular panelists at the judges’ table. She’s will be the first of various guest judges set to appear on the celebrity talent show this season. Others include Ricky Martin and Redfoo from the band LMFAO.
Roberts appearance will be a win-win for both shows. “Good Morning America usually gets a ratings boost when contenders from Dancing With the Stars appear for interviews, a big help in its own competition with the Today show,” reports The Grio.
“I’m really taking it seriously,” Roberts said on Good Morning America (via USA Today). “I’m going to have fun, but I’m really taking it seriously. Getting advice from people. Going to get out there early so I can study all the dancers.”
Do you think Roberts will make a good judge? We’re not familiar with any dance experience that she has, but judging some of the contestant’s moves doesn’t really require a dance background.
Coming out to your family and loved ones certainly isn’t always an easy thing to do, but these entertainers took it once step further and told the world. Check out this list of celebrities who announced they’re gay.
In 2007, Ellen Page had a breakout role in the sleeper film Juno, starring as a high school student that was going through an unplanned pregnancy. The role earned her nominations for a Golden Globe and an Oscar. While she went on to star in the blockbuster films Inception and X-Men: The Last Stand, Page stole the show this past Valentine’s Day at the Human Rights Campaign’s “Time To Thrive” conference by announcing she’s gay. During the emotional speech, Page said she hoped her coming out would make a difference with others struggling to do the same thing.
It was just a week ago that “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts let the world know she has been in a relationship with a woman for some time now when she thanked her “longtime girlfriend” in an end of the year Facebook post, now the 53-year-old is opening up even more and talking about her partner on national television. This morning, while recapping her weekend celebrating her niece’s’s wedding, Robin pointed out that her girlfriend Amber was in attendance with her and her entire family and when George Stephanopoulos asked Robin what’s been the response to her coming out, she stated through tears:
“I have never been happier or healthier than I am right now. My year-end post was full of gratitude and telling everyone all that I am grateful for, including my girlfriend Amber who loved me through a very difficult year. I’m very happy for the support.”
Of course Robin wasted no time changing the subject after sharing those very personal sentiments, but we have no doubt Amber appreciated that. Check out all she said in the video below.
From The Grio
Good Morning America anchorwoman Robin Roberts ismaking headlines today after she acknowledged her longtime girlfriend in a special Facebook post.
Roberts had not previously confirmed or denied that she is a member of the LGBT community.
She has been in a relationship with Amber Laign, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area, for the last 10 years.
Read what the First Lady’s tweet, at TheGrio.com
I guess when you’ve endured all of the health challenges that Robin Roberts has over the past few years, you start to understand what’s really important in life and feel more comfortable and confident in being your true self. Perhaps that’s why, for the first time, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts stepped out of the closet–as far as the public is concerned– and acknowledged her “longtime girlfriend.” There was no huge announcement on GMA, no declaration at a parade and no blog post. Instead, in a letter, under a picture of she and her dog KJ, she expressed her gratitude for all she’d overcome the past two years and thanked her girlfriend Amber in addition to other family members, doctors, friends and fans. Here’s what she had to say:
And there you have it. Good for Robin. I remember, before last year I had never even thought about her sexuality. (As it should be.) But when rumors started to swirl that she might be gay, it wasn’t something I had a hard time believing. At the end of the day, it certainly doesn’t change anything. She’s a skilled journalist, she’s a fighter and a survivor. The things we’ve always loved about Robin have not changed and I’m glad she’s now feeling comfortable enough to share another part of who she is with the world.
Did you have any idea Robin was gay? Are you surprised she finally decided to come out and in this way?
Good Morning America fans rejoice! Robin Roberts, the most trusted news personality in the US, has reportedly signed a deal to continue co-hosting the morning news program “for years to come” at a reported $14 million per year. A source tells Shadow and Act that the deal was signed last month, extending Roberts’ 20-year tenure with ABC.
GMA will now have to negotiate with other hosts of the show — Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer — who will likely want a pay raise. (LOL… you think?) The show has overtaken Today as the ratings leader for morning television. However, that Shadow and Act insider says that doesn’t mean everyone will be getting a bump.
Yesterday, Roberts was in Vatican City with Elliott, attending Pope Francis’ weekly address. They waited in line to touch the Pope just like all the other attendees.
Meanwhile, on a less happy note (or maybe not!), Ann Curry’s time with NBC is said to be coming to an end. Her contract is up in 2014. She was given a $12 million salary and her own news team after being demoted from Today show host, but if you ask most people, they’ll probably say they haven’t hear too much from her since she was pushed out of the former morning news leader. A media analyst tells The Hollywood Reporter that she might want to follow in Soledad O’Brien’s footsteps and start her own production company. That would give her the flexibility to take her talents elsewhere. (She’s a widely respected journalist with amazing broadcast experience, after all.)
Separately, if you’re still angry/interested in that whole Today show saga, they’re going to make a Lifetime movie about it, based on the book Top of the Morning by Brian Stelter. Who do you think should star? Will you watch?
Last year, Good Morning America anchor and breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts inspired us all when she emerged with great vitality from a bone-marrow transplant she received from her sister. Today, Roberts is celebrating the gift-of-life — one year since the risky surgery.
“I’m going to beat this,” Roberts said when she first learned about her myelodysplastic syndrome diagnosis, a disease of the blood and bone marrow. She was given a second chance at life, thanks to her sister Sally Ann; Roberts touchingly calls the one-year anniversary since the transplant her “First Birthday”:
“Unlike my first first birthday — which of course I don’t remember — this time around I know I will never forget all the people who have reached out to me over the past year. Your words of encouragement, smiling faces, and prayers have carried me through the toughest times. I know that I would not have made it to this milestone without you.”
In a PSA (below), Roberts pushes for more bone marrow donors as a way of increasing the chances of finding a match. According to Be A Match’s official website, 70 percent of “people do not have a donor in their family and depend on our Be The Match Registry to find a match to save their life,” it said. “Be A Match offers people the unique opportunity to help a patient by donating bone marrow or umbilical cord blood. ”
Roberts says she felt so blessed by the renewal of her life that it is her mission to inspire others to give people with life-threatening blood cancers a second-chance as well. “That is my birthday wish… that you all find the strength within yourselves to push forward and have people in your lives who will be there to love you through it,” Roberts said.
Click here for more information about the quick and easy steps in joining Be A Match.
TV journalist Robin Roberts is back! The New York Times reports that one year after leaving ABC’s Good Morning America for a bone marrow transplant, and six months after returning part-time, she has returned full-time as the show’s co-host.
She returned to a five-day-a-week schedule yesterday morning. Roberts made the announcement at an event recently celebrating the US Open tennis tournament.
“I’m looking forward to it,” she said, according to People magazine. “I want to get back to my full life.”
Her comments came almost a year to the day when Roberts signed off from the show, after being diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, known as M.D.S., a rare and debilitating blood disorder. She had a bone marrow transplant that saved in September.
During Roberts’ medical leave, ABC anchors Amy Robach and Elizabeth Vargas were her main substitutes. And they continued to fill in after Roberts came back to the morning program part-time in February. Roberts typically worked three or four days a week, adhering to her doctors’ advice about a gradual comeback, reports The Times.
Good Morning America has been pulling in good ratings. The program just celebrated a full year at number one, marking a generational change in morning television, a category that had been led by NBC’s Today show for 16 years, reports the newspaper.
Will you watch Roberts on Good Morning America?