The “Good Morning America” anchor first spoke publicly about her sexuality in December 2013, revealing on social media that she’s been in a relationship with girlfriend Amber Laign since 2005.
In an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week, however, Roberts recalled learning that Obama intended to announce his support of marriage equality in their 2012 interview. Given that she’d not addressed her own same-sex relationship in the media, she feared that the chat would prompt scrutiny into her own private life.
“I got a call to go to the White House,” Roberts said. “There was a possibility that [Obama] would change his stance on marriage equality. I had not been public yet about being gay, and I was afraid that I might be outed, that people might wonder, ‘Why is she the one interviewing the president when he’s making this change in his stance?’”
Watch a clip of Robin Roberts’ interview with Ellen DeGeneres below.