Robin Roberts has released her memoir, Everybody’s Got Something, which details her harrowing battle against cancer and the bone-marrow condition myelodysplastic syndrome, as well as her journey to coming out publicly as a lesbian.
The Good Morning America anchor shared the news with the world in December, but came out to her sister Dorthy more than 30 years ago, She recalls her Dorthy began crying, then said, “I’m not crying because of what you told me. I’m crying because you love me enough to tell me.”
In an excerpt from Everybody’s Got Something, Roberts describes her relationship with longtime girlfriend Amber Laign.
We’ve been together for nearly a decade. Mutual friends set us up on a blind date. I liked the fact that she had no idea who I was. She rarely followed sports, so she never saw me on ESPN, and her office mates at the time watched a different morning show…ouch! She’s originally from Northern California and is extremely laid-back, no drama, no fuss. The main thing we have in common is positive energy. She sees the good in everyone and everything.
…Amber simply is not interested in the spotlight. We don’t attend many events. As my former GMA colleague Charlie Gibson once said: “When you’re on a morning show, you’re invited to every event but too tired to go to any of them.” True dat! When we do go out, Amber is supportive and proud of me, but in reality we are content to be homebodies.
Roberts’ mother, Lucimarian, made peace with her daughter’s sexuality long before her death in 2012. “She said to me, “You are my child, and you’re a child of God, and I love you,'” Roberts told People magazine. “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.'”
Lucimarian passed away only days before Roberts went through a lifesaving bone-marrow transplant. “You think you’re the only one,” Roberts said of her health struggles. “And my momma would say, ‘Honey, everybody’s got something.’ Everybody’s got something, not just a challenge, but something to give to help you get through that challenge.”
Now, Roberts seems to be enjoying her health—and her life. “I can look at your right now and say I am healthier and happier than I’ve ever been,” she gushed to David Letterman Tuesday on The Late Show. “That’s all the matters.”