Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts publicly came out for the first time in an end-of-year Facebook post on Sunday. In a list of people she is grateful for, Roberts included her “long-time girlfriend Amber.”
“I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together,” she wrote.
In 2012, Roberts famously sat down with President Obama for a groundbreaking interview in which he embraced same-sex marriage for the first time. After the interview, Gawker claimed Roberts had been hesitant to take the interview for fear it would out her.
Television anchors have wrestled in recent years with the question of whether or not to come out to the public. Most famously, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper came out in 2012, arguing, “ I’ve always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter.” Rachel Maddow, on the other hand, previously asserted that her fellow LGBT anchors “have a responsibility to come out.”
Roberts, who returned to ABC in 2012 after a battle with cancer and a bone marrow transplant, also thanked “God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health.”