Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts shares sweet tribute to partner after cancer diagnosis

Good Morning America host Robin Roberts stands next to her partner Amber Laign

Good Morning America (GMA) host Robin Roberts has shared a heartwarming tribute to her partner after she was diagnosed with cancer.

The veteran news anchor announced she would be stepping away from Good Morning America from “time to time” on Thursday (23 February) as her partner Amber Laign was beginning chemotherapy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Robin Roberts told fans that her “sweet” partner had been diagnosed “at the end of last year”. She added that Laign had undergone surgery last month and was starting chemotherapy.

Since then, Roberts has shared messages for her other half through the couple’s Instagram account dedicated to their beloved rescue dog, Lukas.

She shared an adorable photo of the Tibetan Spaniel Papillion mix standing on the sofa with a fluffy toy in his mouth.

“Love you mommy….. you got this,” the caption read.


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Roberts also shared a picture of Laign and Lukas on her personal Instagram. She snapped a candid shot of Laign holding a large camera as she sits outside with Lukas amid some freshly fallen snow in their backyard.

Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts says partner in ‘good spirits’ after cancer diagnosis

Robin Roberts said that she and her partner Amber Laign are “immensely grateful for all the well wishes and prayers” from fans, wishing they get the same “returned to you tenfold”.

“She’s in good spirits, enjoying her passion for nature and photography,” Roberts added.

Roberts came out publicly in 2013 and announced that she was in a long-term relationship with Laign.

The couple have been together for almost 17 years, Roberts wrote on Instagram last week, and have “helped each other through our challenges like my journey with cancer”.

Roberts underwent surgery and chemotherapy for breast cancer in 2007. Years later, in 2012, she shared that she was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome, and had a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

Robin Roberts wears a white dress as she stands next to her partner Amber Laign, who is dressed in a black outfit

Robin Roberts and Amber Laign attend the 2016 Point Honors Los Angeles Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty/David Livingston)

Robin Roberts said it was her turn to “be there for [Laign] like she was for me” during her health journey.

“We know many, many are facing cancer and other challenges,” Roberts said. “Like my mama said, ‘Everybody’s got something’. Please know that you are in our prayers and hopefully we’re in yours too. Blessings to all.”