Robin Roberts fires back at critics who say she came out too late

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Robin Roberts was already one of “Good Morning America’s” most beloved anchors, thanks to the way she candidly chronicled her triumphant battle with cancer. In December, Roberts further endeared herself with fans when she came out as gay. Although many celebrated her decision to open up about her sexuality and her relationship with her girlfriend, Amber Laign, some were critical of her timing. Now, Roberts has responded to those critics and explains that she’s living life by her own rules.

In a new interview with Good Housekeeping, Roberts talked about her coming out moment and comments from fans, saying that she waited too late in her life to come out as gay.

“I was so moved that people got it and said, ‘You’re happy.’ Others, though, were asking,’Why didn’t you say something about her before? Why are you only recognizing her now?’ News flash: Some people like their anonymity. This is what’s right for me. Love is love, and I’m grateful to have that.

“Sometimes there’s a stigma attached to how people view you if you’re living a certain way. But I don’t care — you gotta live your life. You gotta find what happiness is and what it means for you, and you can’t get caught up in what someone is saying about you on Twitter. You don’t go through a year like I did to not be happy and not make your own choices,” Roberts added.

Regardless of what her critics may say, her bravery has certainly inspired other LGBT people to take that brave step out of the closet. –nicholas robinson

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