'I'm saying yes': Robin Roberts reveals she's getting married to longtime partner Amber Laign this year
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Robin Roberts has made her 2023 wedding plans known without any hesitation. In an episode of ABC's 'Good Morning America' that aired on Monday, January 2, 2023, Roberts spoke to author Gabby Bernstein about her book 'Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life Beyond Your Wildest Dreams' and the two discussed the things they'll "say yes" to this year.
The 62-year-old TV host reluctantly acknowledged that she "hasn't said it out loud yet" what her goals are when Bernstein asked her what she intended to "say yes" to in 2023. After some deliberation, Roberts ultimately declared, "I'm saying yes to marriage. We're getting married this year. It's something we have talked about but we had put it off. She became ill but... it is saying yes to that, and that next chapter." She added, "I can't believe I just said that," as she fanned herself with her cue cards.
Following the public announcement of the big plans for 2023, Roberts posted a video from her conversation with Berstein on her Instagram account with the caption, "Saying YES to marriage in 2023," concluding with a ring emoji.
Roberts and her massage therapist partner Laign started dating in 2005, and it has been 17 years since they have been together. Roberts openly announced her same-sex relationship through a Facebook post in December 2013 even though her employers and colleagues were already aware of her sexuality.
Both Roberts and Laign have experienced severe health struggles during the course of their relationship. MEAWW previously covered Roberts' revelation of Laign's health issues in February, where she said, "At the end of last year, Amber was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery last month and this morning will begin chemotherapy."
Roberts said, "Thankfully, the prognosis is good, and we are so thankful to our family and close friends who have known this and kept it private until Amber was ready to share it with others," posting her message on her Twitter profile.
Later in July 2022, Roberts praised Laign for completing radiation therapy by sharing a video on her Instagram. In the video, Laign can be seen ringing the hospital bell to signal the end of her treatment.
Roberts wrote in the caption, "Sweet Amber completing radiation, a very important phase of her treatment! We both thank you for all your well wishes and prayers. Proud of her and all fellow Thrivers for your grit and grace during a challenging time."
Roberts herself has battled with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and breast cancer. She underwent a bone marrow transplant from her sister, Sally-Ann Roberts in 2012 for MDS, a form of cancer that affects blood-forming cells.