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Robin Roberts

No Secret She Was Gay

12/30/2013 6:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Robin Roberts
-- who came out yesterday -- has been open about her sexuality for years ... she just didn't feel the need to go public until now.

Sources close to Robin tell TMZ ... everyone in her life -- both personally and professionally -- knew she was gay and in a 10-year relationship with Amber Laign.  The 2 of them met in San Francisco through mutual friends.

Amber is a massage therapist who specializes in helping people with injuries.

As for their relationship ... our sources say Amber was utterly devoted to Robin when she went through both of her illnesses -- breast cancer in 2007 and Myelodysplastic Syndrome in 2012.  Robin was extremely ill and we're told Amber was her rock.

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As for why Robin came out yesterday ... we're told she never felt the need to tell the world, but at the end of such a difficult year she wanted to acknowledge what Amber did for her.

We're told the illnesses strengthened an already strong bond.

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Susan    

I never watch her show but was not surprised. Surely everyone knew.

208 days ago
32.

Kimberly    

She has been all along, which is fine, but jamming your sister between the two of you "in public", tells WAY more about your slimy characher than Who you sleep with.

208 days ago
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barnyardhumor    

I've always liked Roberts and wisher her well through her very public health crisis. Now this. Seems she wishes to keep the publicity going - ratings? I have nothing against gay people but live your lives quietly like the rest of us.

208 days ago
34.

TRUTH BE TOLD    

Salt & Pepper.

208 days ago
35.

Truth    

PLEEEAAASSE... EVERY1 KNEWTHE BITCH IS GAY. UNDER DIFFERENT LIGHTING SHE LOOKED LIKE RUPAUL. #TRUTH!!

208 days ago
36.

sassy4real    

Tori's mommy 28 plse find some1 else 2 play wit its obviously your gay 2 hope everything is spelled out 4 u lol

208 days ago
37.

Tax    

Robin has been through so much over the last several years! I am glad that she has a partner with her to hell her cops and care about her during the difficult times in robins life!

208 days ago
38.

nick    

2 women who are almost 60 years old..licking each other's cuts....oh maaannnnn...

208 days ago
39.

nick    

At first it was Ellen now every time I see robin and Ellen on TV I'm gonna be seeing images of women in their 50's with their face between anither woman's leg ...and wonder how iften their face smell of vagina

208 days ago
40.

7700boi    

Wow, hope a sex-tape surfaces soon!!

208 days ago
41.

Woot    

Love you, Robin. All the best to you and yours.

208 days ago
42.

nick    

The white woman...amber has a pink vagina...robin vagina is black...amber has pink nipples robin has blac nipples and robin looks like a man

208 days ago
43.

Dead@27    

And her sister in the middle ? That's just SICK.

208 days ago
44.

Sandra     

Not a surprise!!Like Robin and wish her well!!

208 days ago
45.

portapotty    

Oh now I see it in pic 2, it wasn't secret but in public her sister was used as her 'beard'. Come on, that means a conscious cover up outside of the show aka keeping it secret.

208 days ago
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