TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Robin Roberts

No Secret She Was Gay

12/30/2013 6:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

1230_Robin-Roberts
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.

1230-robin-roberts-espn2
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.

307 COMMENTS

No Avatar
46.

gayle1976    

Again.....who frickin cares?????????????????

206 days ago
47.

truth    

WHO DIDN'T KNOW SHE WAS GAY?
WHY SHOULD WE CARE EXCEPT FOR HER PARTNER.
GAY COUPLES HAVE BEEN AROUND SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME.
THE NEWS NEED S TO STOP RUBBING GAY COUPLES IN OUR FACES. LET'S MOVE ON PEOPLE.

206 days ago
48.

MCSquared    

Still don't understand the reason TMZ feels the need to report someone's sexual preference. The headline should have read ROBIN THANKS HER SUPPORTERS not ROBIN REPORTS SHE'S GAY.....What's the point? It either has to be for shock purposes (failed) or shoving sexual preference to note "see there's someone else who's gay (we don't care)"

206 days ago
49.

Enlightened    

Translation: EVERYONE with the power of sight knew Roberts was gay from the moment we saw her (back in her basketball days). Yet, TMZ ALWAYS reports as "BREAKING NEWS" every uttrance from every gay person, or every utterance from any straight person who is not declaring that homosexuality if the greatest thing since sliced bread. Your single-minded agenda of trying to make this lifestyle seem "NATURAL" and "OVERWHELMINGLY ACCEPTED" (which it never has been and will never be) is one of the things that keeps you from being viewed as serious journalists (that, and the fact that your staff writes as if they have never had a fourth grade course in grammar).


I know you are still sore from you excruciating PUBLIC ASS-KICKING in the Phil Robertson fiasco, so you are trying to drum up interest in all things homosexual, even things that are not the least bit "newsworthy." Good luck with that.

206 days ago
50.

pat    

Now let the milking of this story by her and GMA begin.


I don't give a crap that she's gay. She's allowed.


And I'm glad that she beat her cancer.


But make no mistake about it. She put herself out there as much as she could instead of staying at home and fight her cancer. GMA could hardly go a day without mentioning her and doing interviews with her.


Now there's this thing. I honestly believe she's hoping now for a parade. She seems to want the public attention when going through health issues and now coming out.


Judging from that picture, wouldn't you want to be sitting next to your girlfriend and not your sister at an event? The pic seems a tad hypocritical.

206 days ago
51.

billybob    

It seems like a lot of people here see a connection between being gay and being a sinner.

Verily i say unto you:

being gay is no sin as such! BUT doing gay things is a sin: putting you penis or tongue in openings which weren't designated by mother nature for that.

So if Phil f* his wife in da azz, it's a gay sin, although he's not gay!

Forming your hand in that way that it looks like a hole and putting your penis in, is a gay evil!

Amen to that!

206 days ago
52.

Steve Smith    

Want to see some cool photos? Chech this Facebook page out: https://www.facebook.com/TheWholeWorldOutsideTheWindow?fref=ts

206 days ago
53.

JFO    

Really??? Interesting seating arrangement ... she could have been sitting in between her sister and her girlfriend and yet she chose to put her sister between a woman she purports to be devoted to and herself.

206 days ago
54.

AKCOBO    

I take my relationship with God very seriously, and an stunned when my fellow Christians think it's okay to pass judgement on others. It is only Gods place to say what is wrong or right, sin or not, and what will our won't take us to hell. As ignorant humans who are we in comparison to think it's okay for US to think WE know better? I say we leave our mouths shut and leave all the decisions up to the creator as things should be. On another note: dadadamn she got herself a white girl! Lol

206 days ago
55.

Jordan    

The Haters must be really angry that ABC gave Robin a well deserved 20 million dollar Contract, and ABC did nothing for Phil except let him go back to work.

206 days ago
56.

Nicole    

No, it wasn't any secret, so it's about time she gave some recognition and kudos to the one that has been by her side for more than 10 years and two bad illnesses!

206 days ago
57.

Your S&M Girlfriend    

Good for her! What a shame that a person who isn't hetero has to declare their sexuality. Now she can be free to live her life with the person she loves by her side all the way.

206 days ago
58.

Sheila Shigley    

Rich Blacks like to bang White trailer park sluts!

206 days ago
59.

TJ    

She looks like LAMAR ODOM in this photo~

206 days ago
60.

Dead@27    

I like to imagine that Amber has
Aeriolas the size of Dinner Plates.

206 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web