In the days following the announcement, more and more information about Ripa and Strahan’s off-screen relationship was revealed.
She began her professional career as a local radio and TV sports anchor, then landed a position as a sportscaster with ESPN in 1990.
In January, it was revealed Michael Strahan’s 27-year-old girlfriend had a criminal past.
According to police records, Kayla Quick was arrested twice: at 14 for disorderly conduct, and in 2005 for grand theft after allegedly breaking into her grandma’s home and stealing ,000 worth of jewels. The couple was inseparable while sipping cocktails. It all started when Strahan released a statement that he would be leaving “Live” and joining “Good Morning America” full-time in September.
Roberts is the first to admit she never dreamed she'd come so far, so fast, overcoming so much adversity along the way.
The youngest child in a close-knit family headed by Lucimarian Tolliver and Colonel Lawrence E.
The difference is clearly not an issue for the couple, who has lived together for a decade and jetted off to Hawaii in August for a well-deserved vacation. Laign is a licensed massage therapist with her own practice, and she specializes in patients and clients recovering from injuries. ABC News supported Roberts' move, releasing a statement about Roberts' own statement.
We bet she was a truly soothing presence for Roberts in her times of need, especially with her fights against cancer and time. "We love Robin and Amber, who we have all known for a long time," the release read.
Roberts’ personal life has become intertwined with her professional one since the revelation of her disease in 2012 and the on-air updates that followed regarding her status.
ABC wrung much from her absence, giving viewers regular reports and letting them visit with Roberts via video or a short visit she made to the set during her recovery period.
The couple has been photographed together numerous times, but usually with other people, which caused some pretty loud whispers—and now a proverbial shout from the rooftops for Roberts. Laign and Roberts met through mutual pals a decade ago and are still going strong, even through Roberts' numerous trials, tribulations and health issues over the past few years. "We were so touched by Robin's Facebook message today and so thankful for all the loving support she has in her life." So sweet! Even Michelle Obama cheered the lovebirds taking their longterm relationship public. You continue to make us all proud," the FLOTUS tweeted.
Robin Roberts, 53, casually came out while reflecting on all of the things she was most thankful for in 2013 — including her girlfriend of 10 years, Amber Laign!