In a year-end post that expressed thanks for her recovery from myelodysplastic syndrome, Roberts wrote Sunday: "I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together."
Coming out publicly is "no longer a
CNN anchor Don Lemon also noted the importance of Roberts' announcement, even in an era when more celebrities freely acknowledge that they are gay.
"I know plenty of people who still lead double lives," said Lemon, who is black and came out in his 2011 memoir. "It's important that someone like Robin comes out because stars are unattainable. How many people can be a movie star? But you have so many different journalists and TV news anchors and reporters who are in your home every single day, and in a way, we're more relatable. What we do is more attainable."
Roberts was on vacation and unavailable for further comment, a representative for "Good Morning America" said, but a statement released by
The anchor's announcement ends a year in which many notable public figures came out, including actress
Roberts' popularity and the goodwill that followed her bone marrow transplant have been credited for helping ABC to grab the top spot in morning show ratings last year after more than a decade trailing
Reaction to Roberts' posting included expressions of support on social media from First Lady Michelle Obama and Rosie O'Donnell, among others. But many Twitter users wondered aloud if Roberts' mention of her girlfriend — Amber Laign, a massage therapist from the San Francisco area, the Associated Press reported — was even something the public should care about. As one Twitterer wrote: "In other news, the sky is blue and the grass is green."
But in a year when