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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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Jay    

Another black who prefers white meat. And who didn't know she's gay, it's quite obvious, she's manly and dykey. I've never liked her on the news show and have only caught her on it while clicking around, but it's obvious she's a dyke.

236 days ago
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miss_msry    

I wasn't aware she was IN the closet.

236 days ago
93.

gary smith    

why is the need to reveal one's sexuality part of acknowledging a friensa help????

236 days ago
94.

shawnman    

Robins

236 days ago
95.

shawnmann    

Robin's GF has BEAUTIFUL FEET

236 days ago
96.

moore    

Robin's GF hs BEAUTIFUL FEET!!!WOW

236 days ago
97.

STFU    

Just DISGUSTING!!!!

236 days ago
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Questdelsangraal    

No secret I even care.

236 days ago
99.

DirkDiggler    

I knew she was a diver a long time ago. When a woman looks like a P E coach, she's a lezzie.

236 days ago
100.

marmar    

Omg she is gay WHAT is a big deal dam#

236 days ago
101.

Troy T    

Ewwwwwww someone goes down on that ewwwwww

236 days ago
102.

Indosoul    

Nick is absolutely correct...! Robin has been wholesalely disingenuous with her public persona that she and GMA forced on America...what's up with Harvey's defense...? She opened up her world, her struggle, yet kept her lesbianism a secret....disingenuous, wrong....lame actually...also expected from celebrity these days...all contrived....!

236 days ago
103.

Katymae12    

As an out lesbian for decades, I knew Robin was gay, & attributed it to her NOT wanting her Mother to have to deal with it. When her Mom died last yr. when Robin was seriously ill, I'd hope she would have come out then. Did her mother even know?

236 days ago
104.

rob    

Who cares. I'm not surprised nor am shocked.

236 days ago
105.

Hot_Tottie    

I have always liked Robin & could care less about her sexual preferences. I will say her girlfriend looks like an older version of Britney Spears in the top photo.

236 days ago
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