On Dec. 29, 2013, Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts announced to the world that she was in a long-term relationship with her partner, Amber Laign. And now, nearly a decade later, the lovebirds are still together and happier than ever. But have they secretly exchanged vows? And if not, will they be taking a trip down the aisle in the near future? Better yet, have they ever talked about this publicly? Here's what we know so far.
First off, who is Amber Laign?
Amber, who studied at the Swedish Institute of Health Sciences, is a licensed massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay area and specializes in chronic pain. She's also the co-founder of Plant Juice Oils, a company that, according to her LinkedIn, makes an "optimized formulation of CBD and essential oils for maximum therapeutic benefits." Their products are meant to offer relief from issues like stress, joint discomfort, and sleeplessness.
As for what inspired Amber to start the company, she was Robin's primary caregiver after Robin was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent treatment in 2007. She was also by Robin's side after Robin was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, leading to her bone marrow transplant in 2012. After seeing all of this firsthand, Amber searched for a holistic approach that could help with the side effects, and this eventually led to Plant Juice Oils.
How did Robin and Amber meet?
The women were introduced in July of 2005, and Robin detailed it all in her memoir, Everybody's Got Something.
She recalled: "Mutual friends set us up on a blind date. I liked the fact that she had no idea who I was. She rarely followed sports, so she never saw me on ESPN, and her office mates at the time watched a different morning show … ouch!”
She continued: "[Amber] is extremely laid-back, no drama, no fuss. The main thing we have in common is positive energy. She sees the good in everyone."
The newscaster, who turned 60 in November 2020, and her girlfriend, who's reportedly 14 years her junior, have officially been dating for nearly two decades now, but for the most part, they've kept their romance private.
When Robin appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014, she revealed: "[Amber] doesn’t really like the spotlight. She’s here right now, I can’t even get her to come out [on stage] … You know, not everybody wants to be in the spotlight."
Are Robin and Amber planning to get married?
Neither has publicly confirmed this, but in 2014, it was reported that Robin had plans to marry her partner in crime. One source claimed to the National Enquirer (per BET): "Expect the wedding to be a quiet affair with family and friends. But you can bet that Michelle Obama, a close pal, will get an invite and maybe she’ll bring Barack along!"
Though a wedding doesn't appear to have happened yet, judging by how happy they are together, it would come as no surprise if they did decide to get married in the future.
In her memoir, Robin detailed how Amber was with her "every step of the way" during her health struggles, from cuddling with her in her hospital bed to taking detailed notes at hospital appointments. She wrote: "I know how lucky I am to have Amber in my life!"
Plus, it looks like their families would be thrilled to see them exchange vows. Amber's mom told the Daily Mail in 2014: "We are very, very happy for them. Her dad and I and the whole family are very happy and totally supportive."
It sounds like there could be wedding bells in Robin's future, but for now, we'll just have to wait and see.
On Feb. 24, 2022, Robin revealed that Amber was diagnosed with breast cancer
In late February 2022, Robin shared some personal news regarding Amber's health.
"My sweet Amber wanted me to tell you something that she's been facing. At the end of last year, Amber was diagnosed with breast cancer," Robin revealed in a video posted to Instagram and Twitter. "She had surgery last month and this morning will begin chemotherapy. Thankfully, the prognosis is good."
The 61-year-old went on to express her gratitude for her and her partner's loved ones and close friends for keeping the news private until Amber was ready to share it with the rest of the world.
Robin added, "She and I have been together almost 17 years and have helped each other through our challenges like my journey with cancer. It's my turn now to be there for her like she was for me."
She concluded, "And that means I'll be away from GMA from time to time like this morning as she starts chemo."