Robin Roberts: Why I Didn't Come Out Sooner

Robin Roberts has finally opened up about her announcement last year when she publically acknowledged she is a lesbian and offered an explanation for her secrecy. In a new interview with Good Housekeeping magazine, the 53 year-old Good Morning America host openly discussed her journey in life and love.

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Robin Roberts Has Opened Up On Last December's Announcement That She Is Gay.

Roberts made headlines when she came out in a Facebook post last December, revealing that she had been dating partner Amber Laign for ten years. In her post, she reflected upon her challenging year during which she'd had to have a bone marrow transplant during her battle with myelodysplastic syndrome. "I am grateful for my sister, Sally-Ann, for being my donor and giving me the gift of life. 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.


She later discussed her girlfriend, a massage therapist from San Francisco, on air during the early morning talkshow but has since felt compelled to reveal why it took her a decade to feel comfortable discussing her sexuality publically.

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Robin With Sister Sally-Ann, Who Saved Her Life With A Bone Marrow Donation.

"Shortly after I posted about my relationship with Amber on Facebook last year, I showed a picture of us with my niece [...] It was like a beautiful family picture. I was so moved that people got it and said, "You're happy." Others, though, were asking, "Why didn't you say something about her before? Why are you only recognizing her now?" she began.

"News flash: Some people like their anonymity. This is what's right for me," ruled the popular television host. She continued, "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.

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The 'GMA' Host Has A Positive Yet Pragmatic Outlook On 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," added Roberts.

More: Robin Roberts said she has never been happier after sharing photo of girlfriend.

More: Robin Roberts pens a memoir detailing her struggle with illness.


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