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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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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?

194 days ago
107.

rob    

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

194 days ago
108.

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.

194 days ago
109.

Black Adam    

Nothing worse than an ugly lesbian.

194 days ago
110.

LAURIE     

I wish them both well. Now they can live a life they deserve not hide. I actually feel congratulations are in order, she's just ses like such a wonderful women and has been through so much.

194 days ago
111.

thehawk1619    

Like we didn't know she was a rug muncher!

194 days ago
112.

UNLV1990    

Robin and Phil do agree on one thing. People can't we all celebrate what brings us together!

194 days ago
113.

Taunya    

I dont understand what the bih deal is. I love Robin but hearing that she is gay is like hearing that Elton John is gay...DUH!

194 days ago
114.

Kelly    

Another coward who sat in the closet during the gay marriage civil rights movement. Thanks for nothing. Although, the gay establishment are such lap dogs they'll probably make her head of the gay brain trust, grand marshall of the parade, and put her on the cover of the Advocate.

194 days ago
115.

Machelle    

It was gross yesterday and its still gross today. No longer a fan.

194 days ago
116.

carmon2121    

Too little too late Robin Roberts. The public already knew you were gay. Find another way to thank your girlfriend. What a cheap cop-out Robin!!!

194 days ago
117.

Metta Worldhate    

We don't care. That shouldn't excuse you for being too ugly for TV, though.

194 days ago
118.

Tony    

I feel bad for the older generation (much like my Grandmother), who loved and supported this woman under false pretenses. Take a look at RR twitter or facebook...not one mention of this gf...not one photo. ..not ever indicating in any way that she had a gf. RR is a fake and intentionally deceived the public for sympathy...ratings and support. Shame on her!

194 days ago
119.

STAYCLASSYSANDIEGO    

No sh it

194 days ago
120.

NoNeed2KisMyFeet    

AND...Who didn't KNOW?? She looks GAY.I mean, she's wearing it like a badge. They (GAYS) all do if you ask me. NOT my bed, not my business, that's between her/them and GOD (♥ him)!!! I'm GONE.

194 days ago
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