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Robin Roberts

We´ve loved Robin Roberts ever since she broke barriers hosting ESPN´s Sports Center and it´s clear she´s only getting more awesome. Within the last few years, the Good Morning America host has opened up about her personal life, particularly her struggle with breast cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome: Roberts´ mother passed away just days before she received a lifesaving bone marrow transplant from her sister. On New Year´s Eve, the best-selling author came out on Facebook, voicing gratitude to those who aided in her recovery, especially her family and girlfriend of a decade. The public response was overwhelmingly positive, and in her newly released memoir, Everybody´s Got Something, Roberts offers a glimpse into her home life with Amber Laign, a New York-based massage therapist. A mutual friend set them up, and as they say, that´s all she wrote. ″I liked the fact that she had no idea who I was. She rarely followed sports, so she never saw me on ESPN, and her office mates at the time watched a different morning show…ouch!″ Roberts laughs. ″When we do go out, Amber is supportive and proud of me, but in reality we are content to be homebodies.″ Brave, inspiring, and a total homebody? Yep, she´s our people. -QW
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