Who Is Robin Roberts' Wife? Inside Her Relationship With Amber Laign

From their blind date meet-cute to getting married, here's what we know about this long-time couple.
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Updated Mar 07, 2024

Robin Roberts, known across America for her career in television journalism, is married! But who is Robin Roberts' wife? Amber Laign, who Roberts' met on a blind date, tied the knot with the Good Morning America anchor in September 2023.

Despite meeting back in 2005, Roberts didn't publicly come out about her relationship with Laign until 2013. When she did, she announced it in a Facebook post, expressing gratitude for Laign's support through her health struggles (including a life-saving bone marrow transplant surgery in 2012).

Laign, while more private in nature, has been a steady source of support and love in Roberts' life for nearly two decades. From their initial connection to Robin Roberts' wedding, here's what we know about their love story so far.

  • Robin Roberts is married to Amber Laign.
  • Robin Roberts' wedding to Amber Laign was on September 8, 2023 in Farmington, Connecticut.
  • Robin Roberts and Amber Laign met on a blind date in 2005.
  • Robin Roberts and Amber Laign have been together for 19 years.

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Who Is Robin Roberts' Wife? All About Amber Laign

According to reports by ABC News, Laign is a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay area.

In an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Roberts shared that Laign "doesn't really like the spotlight," but that "she's very, very supportive, and she's been right there beside me every step of the way."

In the memoir Roberts released in 2014, she writes about her relationship with Laign, explaining, "Amber and I have been a loving couple for almost ten years now, but we choose not to live together. Maybe that's why we've lasted almost a decade!"

How Robin Roberts and Amber Laign Met

Laign's social media feeds are private, but Roberts has re-shared some of her Instagram posts—including the celebratory post Laign uploaded on their 15th anniversary. The caption Laign wrote tells us a little about how they met. Here's a snippet of what she said:

"15 years ago I met you for drinks on a blind date that both you and I tried to cancel...twice. Your grace caught my eye right away and the ease of the evening continued to flow through dinner 😘 We had a second date soon after and I couldn't believe how at ease I was with you as we shared each other's lives sipping lychee and apple martinis 😳."

You can read the rest of what she wrote on Roberts' Instagram.

Robin Roberts and Amber Laign's Relationship Timeline

July 2005: Robin Roberts and Amber Laign Meet

Robin Roberts met her now-wife on a blind date in July 2005.

December 2013: Robin Roberts Publicly Acknowledges Her Same-Sex Relationship

In a Facebook post Roberts made on December 29, 2013, she mentions her relationship with Laign for the first time. In the post, she expresses gratitude for everyone who helped her during her recovery from a bone marrow transplant she needed to treat myelodysplastic syndrome (a rare blood disease Roberts was diagnosed with in 2007).

She shared a photo with her dog, along with a lengthy caption calling out all the things she's grateful for—including Laign, who she calls her "long time girlfriend."

A week later, she addressed her Facebook post on Good Morning America: "My year-end post was just full of gratitude and just telling everyone all that I'm grateful for, including my girlfriend Amber who really loved me through a very difficult year."

April 2014: Robin Roberts Publishes Her Memoir, Which Discusses Her Relationship With Amber Laign

In Roberts book Everybody's Got Something, she describes her life's journey, discussing her and Laign's relationship throughout it.

"I liked the fact that she had no idea who I was," she wrote. "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 also explains how Laign has been there for her through so much: "She lovingly stood with me through the death of my beloved dad, Hurricane Katrina destroying my hometown of Pass Christian, Mississippi, and my battle with breast cancer."

May 2014: Robin Roberts and Amber Laign Attend the GLSEN Respect Awards

On May 19, 2014, the couple attended the GLSEN Respect Awards together. The event was held by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, in New York City.

November 2014: Robin Roberts and Amber Laign Celebrate Roberts' Recognition at Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year Awards

The couple attended Glamour magazine's "Women of the Year" awards ceremony, where Roberts was recognized as a woman of the year.

"Her warmth and compassion have turned her into one of America's personalities," Michelle Obama said of Roberts.

October 2016: Robin Roberts and Amber Laign Celebrate Roberts' Point Courage Award

Roberts was given the Point Courage Award during the Point Honors gala, which the couple attended together in Beverly Hills, California. The event is held to recognize and celebrate leaders in the LGBTQ community.

July 2020: Robin Roberts and Amber Laign Celebrate Their 15th Anniversary

On July 26, 2020, Roberts and Laign celebrated 15 years of being in a relationship. Roberts reposted what Laign shared on her private Instagram account, which included a photo of the collage Roberts made for her and a long, heartfelt caption Laign paired it with.

"Having you by my side is a gift as we continue to navigate this thing called life. I drive you crazy....I know which is why I love you even more to this day," Laign wrote. "You have the kindest heart and most beautiful soul than anyone I know. You have shown me time and time again to stay humble and to always treat others with the utmost respect as you never know what one might be going through ❤."

February 2022: Robin Roberts Discusses Amber Laign's Cancer Diagnosis

In a video Roberts posted to X (formerly Twitter), Roberts gives her followers a message from Laign concerning her health.

"At the end of last year, Amber was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery last month, and this morning will begin chemotherapy. Thankfully, the prognosis is good," she said. "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."

April 2022: Robin Roberts Celebrates her 20th Anniversary of Good Morning America

On April 14, 2022, Roberts celebrated her 20th anniversary during a segment of Good Morning America.

Her co-anchors played a montage highlighting her time on air, and later revealed a surprise plaque they had installed at Times Square in her honor.

Laign was by her side during the show, and even came on camera to celebrate the moment with her wife.

July 2022: Robin Roberts Announces That Amber Laign Has Completed Radiation

On July 18, 2022, Roberts posted a video to her Instagram announcing that Laign had completed her chemotherapy treatment. "My treatment is done, the course is run and I'm on my way," Laign said in the video, before ringing a bell to celebrate.

Roberts paired the video with a caption that says:

"Sweet Amber completing radiation, a very important phase of her treatment! We both thank you for all your well wishes and prayers. Proud of her and all fellow Thrivers for your grit and grace during a challenging time. This is indeed my #mondaymotivation🙏🏾."

January 2023: Robin Roberts Announces Her Engagement to Amber Laign

On an episode of Good Morning America, Roberts announced that she and Laign plan to get married in 2023.

"I'm hesitating because I haven't said it out loud yet … I'm saying 'yes' to marriage," Roberts said. She posted the clip of this moment to her Instagram account on January 2, 2023, extending the happy announcement to her social media followers.

In a culture story published on Good Morning America, Roberts and Laign are quoted discussing the details of their engagement—which happened somewhat casually while enjoying calamari rings at their favorite restaurant in Connecticut.

"We took the calamari rings and we slapped them on each other's fingers and we just proposed to one another," Roberts said. "Now looking back, it was pretty fitting for us to not have a down on one knee [proposal] and one person doing it and who was going to propose. It was just us hanging out in our little hole-in-the-wall Mexican spot and putting calamari rings on each other and saying, 'Let's go. Let's do it.'"

"When she said, 'Let's get married,' the feeling that I got was a rush of excitement, nervousness, of course ... and happy," Laign said. "We had planned on getting married last year, but then I was diagnosed [with breast cancer] ... so this was like perfect timing, saying it on air."

September 2023: Robin Roberts and Amber Laign Pick Up Their Marriage License

The day before their wedding, Roberts posted a video of the couple headed to Farmington County Clerk's Office in Connecticut to retrieve their marriage license.

In the caption, Roberts wrote, "Road to the Ring is nearing an end…18 years and totally worth the wait!"

September 8, 2023: Robin Roberts' Wedding to Amber Laign Finally Arrives

Roberts and Laign tied the knot on September 8, 2023. According to an interview with People, the wedding took place in Farmington, Connecticut.

Roughly 250 guests were in attendance to celebrate the brides' nuptials, including their dog Lukas, who even dressed up for the occasion. According to People, Lukas also made an appearance on the couples' wedding cake—his silhouette that is, which was put atop the decadent, four-tiered creation alongside Roberts and Laign's silhouettes.

December 2023: Robin Roberts and Amber Laign Have a Second Wedding Celebration

On December 3, 2023, Robert's siblings threw the newlyweds a second wedding celebration in New Orleans. Roberts posted a video of the lively event, along with a caption that explained the details:

"My thoughtful siblings hosted a festive wedding celebration for us in #NOLA for those unable to attend our ceremony in CT in Sept. Family jokes it's the latest stop on the Amber-Robin gratitude tour! We are extremely grateful for all the love…but just don't know how much more I can take!🤪❤️."

Robin Roberts and Amber Laign's Wedding

The leadup to Robin Roberts' wedding with Amber Laign had a lot to do with the time they spent together during quarantine. Prior to 2020, they had lived separately—even though they've been together since 2005. "We had talked about marriage off and on during the course of our relationship, and it didn't come through for whatever reasons," Roberts said. "But after the lockdown, we were like, yeah, we kind of like being around each other almost 24/7."

So, after nearly two decades of being in a relationship together, Roberts and Laign got married on September 8, 2023. In an interview with People, the couple's wedding planner, JoAnn Gregoli, shared the details of the occasion, which took place at a rustic barn venue in Farmington, Connecticut.

"When I asked Amber what she envisioned the words 'enchanted garden' and 'ethereal' kept coming up," Gregoli said. "Once she gave me those keywords, then I knew the vision that they were trying to evoke. We used lots of moss, greenery and organic materials throughout the wedding."

"We created two massive trees that anchored the room and had tables set beneath tables with twinkle lights in the trees. Our goal was to transform the space into that garden," she continued. "Tables were set with soft moss green linens. Two wooden semi-circular bars were created and placed strategically in the room. The DJ was set against a large moss wall used as her backdrop to the graphic-design dance floor."

Gregoli went on to explain how great a moment the couple's first dance was; Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," was performed by violinist Caroline Campbell. Later, Roberts surprised Laign with a flash mob dance.

Roberts' Good Morning America costars George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, Michael Strahan, David Muir, Gio Benetiz, Dr. Jen Ashton and Tory Johnson were in attendance, along with the couples' family and friends. Both Roberts and Laign wore gorgeous, floor-length white gowns, which you can see in this reel Roberts posted to Instagram.

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