Robin Roberts, the popular "Good Morning America" news anchor, is receiving huge amounts of love and support from fans as she prepares to undergo a bone marrow transplant today (Thursday, Sept. 20) to help her battle against MDS. Since Roberts' highly publicized temporary medical leave announcement on "GMA," internet searches regarding her personal life (i.e., is Roberts gay and if so does she currently have a partner) have blown up like crazy. Here are some fun-facts about the extremely strong and motivational American television broadcaster (including rumors regarding her love life) for fans to enjoy while we all send out our thoughts and prayers for a successful and healthy surgery and recovery!
Love Life, is Roberts a lesbian and does she have a partner?
Roberts has never officially come out as gay, although speculations that the 51-year-old broadcaster may be a lesbian began to surface back in May when she was interviewed by President Barack Obama. Many inside sources claim that she scored the coveted interview because she is "black and gay." Roberts is unmarried, and she keeps her romantic life very private.
Are there photos of Roberts' "supposed" partner?
While this is a widely searched topic on Google, the answer is no. Rumors have it that Roberts does have a girlfriend; one inside source has claimed, "It's hardly a secret in the business. I've seen her girlfriend. She's around the building all the time-very attractive and well-dressed." Even if this is true, Roberts' relationship remains concealed and the partner's name has yet to be released.
Who is Sally-Ann Roberts?
She is Robin's sister. Sally-Ann is also a popular CBS news anchor in New Orleans, and she turned out to be almost a perfect bone marrow match for Robins - she is her donor. Robins is the youngest of four children.
What happened with Roberts' Breast Cancer Scare?
On July 31, 2007, Roberts announced during a live broadcast of "GMA" that she had been diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer. Roberts underwent surgery on August 3, 2007. She shaved her head during chemotherapy treatment and decided to wear a wig on "GMA" because she "didn't want to distract viewers from the news." Roberts completed her eight chemotherapy treatments as of January 10, 2008. She then completed radiation treatment on March 28, 2008.
What is "From the Heart: Seven Rules to Live By"?
A book Roberts published in 2007.
What are the "Three Ds"?
Roberts made a speech to the student body at Abilene Christian University in 2006, and credited her parents (Colonel Lawrence E. Roberts and Lucimarian Roberts) as cultivating the "three Ds": Discipline, Determination, and "De Lord."
Where does Roberts Live?
Although Roberts spends much of her time in NYC, she lives in Gulfport, Mississippi in order to stay close to family. Following her final stint on "GMA," Roberts returned to Mississippi to be with her ailing mother in her final hours. Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts passed away Aug. 30 at the age of 88. The hospital Roberts is being treated at (she's been there since last Monday, and just finished up chemo treatment on Tuesday) is in New York.
How can fans keep up-to-date on Roberts' well-being?
Roberts is very thankful for her fans and all of their support, and keeps them constantly updated (at least when she can) through Twitter. Roberts' last tweet read on Wednesday: @RobinRoberts: "JUST completed chemo. Today is day of rest - positive thoughts,words & deeds. How every day should be. Love YOU from bottom of my graeful ♥."
The "Good Morning America" homepage is another good place to check - Roberts writes many personal posts to fans through the website.