Approximately five months after receiving a bone marrow transplant to treat MDS, "Good Morning America" sweetheart Robin Roberts made her highly-anticipated return to television in a big way - first she brought smiles and laughs as a popular news anchor back over at ABC, and then on the Red Carpet at the 85th annual Academy Awards. As fans watch a healthy and glowing Roberts make her way back onto the morning and primetime television scene, rumors surrounding the 52-year-old broadcaster's personal love life continue to swirl. Is she married with a husband and does she have any kids? Or does she continue to keep her dating life so quiet because she's a lesbian - and if so, is she romantically involved with a female partner? Continue on for the low-down on Roberts' love life as well as some other personal and fun-facts about the beloved "GMA" host.
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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.
Is (or was) Roberts ever married?
No, Roberts is not married and she never has been. In fact, she has never been romantically linked to a man as far as the public knows.
Does Roberts have any children?
Nope, no kids.
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.
How did Roberts get started in the bizz?
Roberts began her career in 1983 as a sports anchor and reporter for WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She continued pursuing sports anchor/reporting gigs, and eventually became a radio host in Atlanta. She then became as sportscaster of at ESPN, and then made her way over to ABC, where she remains a prominent broadcaster/reporter today.
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.
What happened with Roberts' leave of absence from "GMA"?
Roberts announced her temporary leave of absence from "GMA" in late August, explaining that she was diagnosed and would have to be treated for MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome). The Match Registry, a nonprofit organization run by the National Marrow Donor Program, experienced an 1,800% spike in donors the day Roberts went public with her illness. She then received a bone marrow transplant in September in NYC and returned home in October to recover and receive further treatment. She returned to "GMA" on February 20, 2013.
Who were/are some of Roberts' alleged romantic partners?
Roberts has been romantically "linked" to former Czech American tennis player and coach Martina Navratilova as well as former Auburn University basketball coach Nell Fortner. But again, these are just RUMORS currently circulating on the web. Roberts never officially came out as being in a romantic relationship with either woman. Now reports have it that Roberts may be dating a fellow colleague at 'GMA' named Storm Sahara, but such rumors are hard to believe considering no valid information concerning this partner seems to exist. One report currently flying around on the web, with no reputable source to support such claims, insists: "It is no secret that Robin Roberts long time girlfriend is Storm Sahara, it's under wraps because of their 23 year age difference."
How is Roberts connected with pop star Miley Cyrus?
Roberts guest starred on Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana" on season 4, episode 10's "Can You See the Real Me?" Miley Stewart (Cyrus) is interviewed by Roberts after revealing she is Hannah Montana. Miley discusses her double life and relives some of her most memorable moments about her friends, her family, her dating life, and how she was able to manage two lives.
So there you have it, Mstarz fans! And be sure to watch Roberts' emotional return to the set of "GMA" here: