Good Morning America host Robin Roberts returned to the air today for the first time since coming out as a lesbian over the holidays.
Roberts made clear she would remain open as she and the on-air team shared highlights from their respective vacations and she talked about a family wedding she attended.
‘The family was all together in Baton Rouge over the weekend, and we have a family photo,’ Roberts said. ‘Next to me is my girlfriend, Amber.’
She and Amber Laign have been together for 10 years but it was not until last month that Roberts publicly acknowledged that she is in a same-sex relationship.
Co-anchor George Stephanopoulos said that while the news was ‘no surprise’ to those at GMA, he hoped ‘it was a good experience’ for his on-air partner.
Replied Roberts: ‘I’m going to tell you all this, because you have had a front row seat for that tumultuous year. I have never been happier or healthier than I am right now.’
Roberts had taken more than six months off from the program in 2012 and early 2013 to undergo a life-saving bone marrow transplant. The transplant was needed after she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disease.
‘My year-end (coming out) post was just full of gratitude and just telling everyone all that I’m grateful for, including my girlfriend, Amber, who really loved me through a very difficult year. I’m very happy for the support.’