After spending decades on television not discussing her sexuality, Robin Roberts is now an open book – literally.
The Good Morning America anchor has penned a memoir called Everybody’s Got Something about her harrowing fight against a blood and bone marrow disease called myelodysplastic syndrome.
To promote the book, Roberts has landed on the covers of several US magazines this week including People in which she talks about her coming out to her tight-knit family decades ago.
While Roberts did not come out publicly until last December, her family had known for decades that she is a lesbian.
First to know was her sister Dorothy whom she told 30 years ago. Her sister began to cry then explained: ‘I’m not crying because of what you told me. I’m crying because you love me enough to tell me.’
Her mother Lucimarian, who died just days before Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2012, had given her daughter real peace about her sexuality several years before her death.
Roberts explains that her mother had always been supportive of girlfriends she brought home but they never talked about it.
She tells People that eventually changed because ‘she sensed from me that I just needed to know it was okay with her.’
‘She said to me, "You are my child, and you’re a child of God, and I love you."’
Roberts says after hearing that from her mother, much of her shame was gone: ‘Right then I didn’t care who knew what. My mother loved me and more importantly. she said to me, "God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do."’