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GMA Co-Anchor Robin Roberts Comes Out Publicly, Acknowledging Her Longtime Girlfriend!

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Add Robin Roberts to the list of celebrities who in 2013 officially came out!  The Good Morning America co-anchor posted a touching message on her facebook page which was prompted by the fact that a year earlier, in 2012, she reached an important 100 day-milestone after undergoing a blood marrow transplant, and she reflected on how grateful she was for the people in her life.

Roberts wrote: “Hard to believe this was 1 year ago today..when I reached a critical milestone of 100 days post transplant…and KJ was finally allowed to come back home.  Reading this comforts me and I hope the same for you: ‘If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.’ 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.

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.  Wishing you a Healthy and Happy New Year. Peace, love, and blessings to all..XO”

According to an ABC spokesperson, Roberts longtime girlfriend was revealed to be Amber Laign, a massage therapist in private practice originally from the Bay Area, and noted that the two had met through mutual friends. Laign specializes in helping people recovering from injuries.

Of note is Roberts recognizing her girlfriend just days over anti-gay remarks made by Phil Robertson, of  A&E’s reality series “Duck Dynasty.”   According to Variety: During an interview with GQ, Robertson cast aspersions on people in same-sex relationships and African-Americans, prompting a suspension by the cabler’s parent, A+E Networks, and a quick reversal of the decision – drawing anger from supporters of both Robertson and the groups he offended.  As co-host of what is arguably the nation’s favorite morning program, Roberts may help fuel more discussion and debate in this latest clash of cultural values.”

It is also worth-noting that it was Roberts who interviewed President Barack Obama, when he came forth with his stance in support of  gay marriage.

What do you think Roberts coming out?  Weigh-in!

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Beth
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Beth

No surprise. Have wondered for a long time why she never did. It does not make her any less a human nor does it make me less in awe of her for what she has been through and how she handled the past 18 mo of her life. If we could all take a page from her journey.

carla
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carla

it great

John Jack Royal
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John Jack Royal

I am happy for Robin. It is not surprising that she hesitated to do so. Many people will understand why she waited.

Ceridwyn2
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Ceridwyn2

Good on her. It’s much nicer to be out when its safe and comfortable with who you (and your partner) are to each other as a family unit, particularly if part of your life is very much in the public eye. IAthough I’ve been out for nearly 20yrs it does give courage to some who haven’t or can’t be at the moment. All the best to them.

Liz
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Liz

I wish Roberts good health and a good year, but I wish people’s sexual orientations would stop being news. I really don’t care who’s sleeping with whom. And while we’re at it, stop giving attention to people like Phil Robertson. Last I checked, he doesn’t speak for God.

Tina Gray
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Tina Gray

Don’t really care. A long as she’s healthy, that’s all that matters. She’s a lovely lady – even if she does work for ABC/Disney!

Lori Washburn
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Lori Washburn

YOU GO ROBIN!!!!! With all that you have been thru you should be happy along with healthy. I wish you only the best for 2014 and many more years to come.

su0000
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su0000

I always felt that Robin Roberts had a mad crush on Oprah ….

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I always felt Oprah has her own GAILfriend…im just joking around here!!!

Cyber
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Cyber

She came out when she was ready. Afterall she’s been through, this isn’t a big thing to me.

I’ve always admired her nothing has changed. Well maybe it has after the Duck thing if anything I give her kudos for stepping up to the plate after the horrible things he said about people he don’t know.

Ruth
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Ruth

I think it’s awesome!!! Happy New Year Robin and Amber!!!!!

kaffe
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kaffe

I love Robin spirit!!

Good for her!!!

God bless her…

Patricia
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Patricia

Robin, you are so talented. Your sexual preferences have nothing to do with how well you carry yourself. No, I am not gay but so what that you are. You do what makes you happy. Let them talk. There going to talk anyway. Be happy and live every day to the fullest.

Derek
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Derek

No offense to Michael Fairman, but I long for the day when news like this isn’t even published. I’m not sure why peoples sexuality is newsworthy, and hopefully one day it won’t be and won’t even be printed.

Mary Hendricks
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Mary Hendricks

Good point

Rodd
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Rodd

She’s a lovely lady and am thankful she is happy and healthy and a wonderful example for many.

Robert
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Robert

I am so happy for her!!! Mental health experts I read articles from, always say it’s a mental, physical and emotional burden when we keep a vital part of ourselves hidden and when we finally bring that part out to the light it’s like a rebirth of who we truly are.

Perla
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Perla

Classy lady.

I Love GH
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I Love GH

Who cares? And I mean that in a good way. She’s got positive energy, is a great newscaster, and is kind every day. We need more people like her in this world.

Tom Welles
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Tom Welles

I never even thought about it ~ I just know she is excellent at her job and I watch her every morning while getting ready for work, even though other than that I do NOT watch the ABC-TV Network – I’m usually at work anyway.
Someday, “news” like this won’t even cause anyone to blink an eye.

ricardo
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ricardo

I love robin, she is a terrific classy sassy lady. We all knew, she was a lesbian. not a surprise at all. i came out of the closet 3 years ago, now i can live my life, with no secrets and baggage. i have a wonderful boyfriend. im 24. my boyfriend is 35 and he is one hot man. lol. julian jerome is my male crush fantasy. lol. william is one hot masculine man. I JUST LOVE HIM. HE IS A WONDERFUL ACTOR. MY BOYFRIEND IS MASCULINE TOO. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.

Mitchell1660
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Mitchell1660

Uhh, thanks for sharing…??

jennifer
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jennifer

Im so proud of robin, she is a nice down to earth lady. Now oprah winfrey needs to come out of the closet. i knew robin was gay, My gay dar was right. LOL.

Casey
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Casey

It’s not a lifestyle I agree with, does that make me a hater, no, it’s my religious beliefs. I do not hate the person, but, I don’t agree with the lifestyle. Nor do I view Ms. Robertson in a lesser light because of my beliefs. Ms. Robertson, from all accounts, is indeed a brave and courageous person and excellent journalist….I do wish her the best and good health.

FiFi
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FiFi

I’m happy Robin is healthy. While her sexual orientation was not “public news” many have been aware of it for years. I’m glad she has come out because it’s important for LGBT people, people of color and people in general to have role models. At the same time, I don’t think anyone has to label themselves unless that is something they want to do. Straight people don’t have to declare their sexual orientation & I believe LGBTs shouldn’t have to either. I send best wishes for continued good health and thanks to Robin for sharing yet another part of her… Read more »

RJS
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RJS

It is great that Robin can be open and honest about who she loves and who she is. Amen to a Robin. Wish her all the best. Hopefully, this will help young people in the LGBT community who are struggling or being bullied feel stronger.

lipstickcat
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lipstickcat

I don’t get it. After Amber sticking with her through everything, why did she wait until now to acknowledge her? They followed her around with cameras through it all so why didn’t they show Amber then? Why now? Amber deserved better.

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According to Variety who broke the casting news, Caitlin will portray Annie, formerly known as Anna, the daughter of her father’s character Sean Donely and Tiffany Hill (Sharon Wyatt).

In a statement on her casting,  Caitlyn expressed: “Words can’t describe how honored I am to be playing my dad’s daughter on the show. I grew up on the set of ‘General Hospital,’ watching him work for years, so it’s exciting to dive into a new character in honor of him. He’ll absolutely be by my side in spirit on set rooting me on. It fills my heart with gratitude to be a part of this tribute to him, and to feel so close to him working on a show he loved so much doing.”

The character of Anna was last seen on-air back in August of 2013, when she was portrayed by Courtney Halverson. In story at that time, Sean was poisoned by polonium and he teamed up with Luke (Anthony Geary) to track down the man who extorted millions for the cure, while Anna repeatedly got in contact with that man to get the medicine her father so desperately needed.

John Reilly past away back in January 2021.  The talented actor first appeared on GH back in 1984 and last appeared on the daytime drama series back in 2013.

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Former ‘Bachelor’ Colton Underwood Comes Out as Gay

This morning on the highly-promoted sit-down interview with GMA’s Robin Roberts, former ‘Bachelor’ lead Colton Underwood, revealed that he was gay and that he has finally come to terms with it.

The ex-football star shared: “Obviously this year’s been a lot for a lot of people, and it’s probably made a lot of people look themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are and what they’ve been running from or what they’ve been putting off in their lives. For me, I’ve ran from myself for a long time and I’ve hated myself for a long time, and I’m gay. I came to terms with that that earlier this year and have been processing it. The next step in all of this was sort of letting people know. I’m still nervous, but it’s been a journey for sure. I’m like the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. That means the world to me.”

Underwood expressed he went through a very dark time to be able to reveal his truth: “I got into a place in my personal life that was dark and bad. I can list a bunch of different things, but they’d all be excuses. I think overall the reason why now is because I got to a place where I didn’t think I was ever going to share this. I would rather have died than say ‘I’m gay,’ and I think that was sort of my wake up call. There was a moment in L.A. that I woke up and I didn’t think I was going to wake up,” he said. “I didn’t have the intentions of waking up, and I did. And I think for me that was my wake up call, that, ‘This is your life. Take back control.’ I think looking back even beyond that is… even just suicidal thoughts and driving my car close to a cliff, like, ‘Oh, if this goes off the cliff, it’s not that big of a deal.’ I don’t feel that anymore.”’

As to the questions or anger that ‘Bachelor Nation’ are going to have that Underwood misled the female contestants on his season, or he duped the audience, Colton said: “I thought a lot about this…Do I regret being ‘The Bachelor?’ And handling it the way that I did?’  I do think I could have handled it better, I’ll say that. I just wish I wouldn’t have dragged people into my own mess of figuring out who I was. I genuinely mean that, but also at the same time I can say ‘I’m sorry’ to all of those women, I can also say ‘thank you,’ because without them and without the ‘Bachelor’ franchise, I don’t know if this would have ever come out.”

Colton was highly-promoted during his season as the “Virgin Bachelor”.  He acknowledged he was indeed a virgin at that time, but it was because he was gay, but just “didn’t know how to handle it”.   Underwood also shared he was thankful to God that he was cast on the reality-competition as one of its season’s leads because he thought that would make him straight.  He told Roberts in his talk with God, ‘Finally, you’re letting me be straight. Finally, you’re giving me a wife, a fiancée, and then I’m going to have the kids, then I’m going to have the house, and then I’m going to have all this.’

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As to his contentious break-up with ‘Bachelor’ contestant, Cassie Randolph, where she had at one time had a restraining order put on Underwood and later revoked it, he admitted: “I would like to say sorry for how things ended. I messed up, I made a lot of bad choices.”  But told Robin Roberts, he indeed loved Cassie, sharing, “That only made it harder and more confusing for me. if I’m being very honest, I loved everything about her. And it’s hard for me to articulate exactly what my emotions were, and going through that relationship with her was, because I obviously had an internal fight going on. I would just say that I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. I’m sorry for any pain and emotional stress I caused. I wish it wouldn’t have happened the way it did. I wish that I would have been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else.”

Underwood shared that his upbringing in the Catholic church and being in the world of high school, college, and pro sports contributed to why he never came out previously, citing,: ” learned in the Bible that gay is a sin. I had made mistakes in my sports and in my athletic career, and when you make mistakes, ‘that play was gay’ or that was a bad… gay was always affiliated with a connotation of negativity, and I think there’s a lot of things when I look back, like, ‘No wonder I held it in.’”

So, were you surprised that Colton revealed he was gay? How do you feel about the journey he expressed in his interview on GMA to speak his truth? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Casting news today out of Deadline has that Canela will play the recurring role of Cesar Madrigal, the son of criminal royalty who is impetuous, entitled and in line to take over his father’s empire.

Look for Jason to first appear in the upcoming episode entitled “Brave Heart.”

 

In addition to Y&R, Jason has appeared on The Glades, Camino, Pitch, MissingSingle in South Beach, Make Love Great Again and Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe.

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