Robin Roberts publicly acknowledges girlfriend

Robin Roberts Comes Out, Thanks 'Long Time Girlfriend'

After an incredibly difficult year that included battling a rare blood disorder called MDS and receiving a successful bone marrow transplant, Robin Roberts is looking back on 2013 with gratitude.

In an end-of-year Facebook post on Sunday, Dec. 29th, the 'GMA' host writes:

"At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude. I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health," she wrote. "I am grateful for my sister, Sally-Ann, for being my donor and giving me the gift of life. I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together. I am grateful for the many prayers and well wishes for my recovery. I return every one of them to you 100 fold. On this last Sunday of 2013 I encourage you to reflect on what you are grateful for too."

Though the two have been together for 10 years, PEOPLE reports, this is the first time she is publicly revealing the very special woman who has been by her side in sickness and in health: Amber Laign.

Media Bistro reports that Laign is a licensed massage therapist and a San Francisco Bay area native. Laign and Roberts reportedly met through mutual friends.

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ABC NEWS SPECIAL - THE YEAR - ABC News and People Magazine collaborate for the third straight year on a new, entertaining two-hour primetime broadcast special featuring details of all the big stories and news events of 2013. THE YEAR, anchored by Robin Roberts. airs THURSDAY, DEC. 19 (9-11 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae AStute/ABC via Getty Images) ROBIN ROBERTS
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Fabio Viviani prepares recipes on 'Good Morning America,' 12/3/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) ROBIN ROBERTS, SAM CHAMPION, JOSH ELLIOTT
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Sam Champion celebrates his last day on 'Good Morning America,' 12/4/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Fred Lee/ABC via Getty Images) ROBIN ROBERTS, LARA SPENCER, JOSH ELLIOTT, SAM CHAMPION, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos on 'Good Morning America,' 10/10/13, airing on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Lou Rocco) ROBIN ROBERTS, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS

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