“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts thanked her longtime girlfriend, Amber Laign, in a year-end post published Sunday on the anchor’s Facebook page.
According to CBS news, the message, which follows Roberts’ battle with a life-threatening illness, is the first time the ABC anchor has publicly acknowledged her 10-year, same-sex relationship with Laign, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay area.
In the post she states, “I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together.”
Roberts’ post was confirmed by ABC News spokeswoman Heather Riley.
Roberts has kept few secrets about her health. She wrote and spoke extensively about her battle with breast cancer in 2008 and when she underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder called myelodysplastic syndrome in 2012. Sunday, Dec. 29, was the anniversary of Roberts’ 100-day milestone following a September bone marrow transplant.
The post was accompanied by a picture of Roberts and her dog, KJ, on the day in her recovery that they were reunited.
Read the post in part below:
“Flashback 12/29/12….Hard to believe this was 1 year ago today..when I reached a critical milestone of 100 days post transplant…and KJ was finally allowed to come back home,” Roberts said.
“Reading this comforts me and I hope the same for you: ‘If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present,'” she continued. “At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude.”