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Roberts thanks girlfriend following rare illness

December 30, 2013 • Entertainment


File-This Feb. 24, 2013 file photo shows broadcaster Robin Roberts arriving at the 85th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Roberts thanked her long[auth] time girlfriend, Amber Laign, in a year-end post published on the ABC News anchor’s Facebook page on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. The message comes after Roberts’ battle with a life-threatening illness. This is the first time the “Good Morning America” anchor has publicly acknowledged her 10-year, same-sex relationship with Laign, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area, who focuses on patients recovering from injuries. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robin Roberts thanked her longtime girlfriend, Amber Laign, in a year-end post published Sunday on the ABC News anchor’s Facebook page.

The message, which follows Roberts’ battle with a life-threatening illness, is the first time the “Good Morning America” anchor has publicly acknowledged her 10-year, same-sex relationship with Laign, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Roberts’ post was confirmed by ABC News spokeswoman Heather Riley.

Sunday was the anniversary of Roberts’ 100-day milestone following a bone marrow transplant in September 2012 for treatment of myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood and bone marrow disease.

In May, Grand Central Publishing announced Roberts, one of the most popular figures in morning TV news, will write a memoir about her battle with MDS and the life lessons she continues to gather following her return to “GMA” last February.

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