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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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61.

baby    

No one says anything when some gay comes out of the closet and yells im gay pat me o the head and praise me now, but when a decent man like phil robertson yells hey i am straight, he gets penalized for it, i think robin should get suspended for offending straight and christian people, after all what is fair is fair....

194 days ago
62.

louise    

Of course she is gay how could anyone not know that. She is so mannish looking. The sickos today will probably like her more now.

194 days ago
63.

boo boo    

She "was" gay...wtf tmz? She still is gay.

194 days ago
64.

DD=QUACK QUACK    

What a waste of a bone marrow transplant!

194 days ago
65.

demoncat    

who cares as long as Robin is happy and found some one to love then it should not matter if some one chooses to come out and reveal they are gay or not. thats their business.

194 days ago
66.

Kevin Collings    

and it's with a nasty white girl, Big Surprise

194 days ago
67.

paul a.    

If you didnt know this you need to get your GayDar looked at....

194 days ago
68.

franklyspeaking    

Love has no color.

194 days ago
69.

NICKF    

Thats almost equivalent to her coming out as black. TMZ is desperately trying to create "breaking news" and it's not working.

194 days ago
70.

American Patriot    

I feel sorry for her parents to have had a defective queer child... :((

194 days ago
71.

zombie007    

They're dinosaurs. Lickalotapus!

194 days ago
72.

Chgome    

TMZ please stop reporting on these fame whores. Her cancer didn't work so now let's try gay, as if we didn't know. STOP THE INSANITY tmz. who cares

194 days ago
73.

gayle1976    

Why did she hide this for so long?? Who frickin cares??? And seriously...she's not even sitting next to Amber in this picture. Sooooooooooooooo lame!!

194 days ago
74.

Curtis    

So what she's been out for years why the surprise?

194 days ago
75.

j    

They use a RUBBER DUCK

194 days ago
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