Robin Roberts says she practically turned down the prospect to interview then-President Barack Obama in 2012 about marriage equality amid fears she can be outed.
Roberts says on Monday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show that in 2012 — the yr earlier than she got here out publicly — she received a name to go to the White House to interview Obama.
She was advised “there was a possibility that [he] 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?’”
But she mentioned she quickly got here to her senses.
“It was kind of like a scene out of Moonstruck: ‘Snap out of it; Robin, what are you thinking? It’s not about you. This man is going to impact countless lives.’ And it was at that moment that I said, ‘I’m gonna stop letting fear keep me from the things that I want to do.”
Roberts mentioned she is glad she modified her thoughts, and it impressed her to open up about her longtime relationship with Amber Laign.
“I’m so grateful that I did that [interview with Obama],” she advised DeGeneres. “Shortly thereafter is when on Instagram, or on social media, I talked about Amber and all that fear I had of being a Christian, that people would look at me differently. [But] I was embraced. Again, if we just stop and think about how many times we let fear keep us on the sidelines and I’m so, so very glad that that’s no longer the case. I am not gonna get everything that I want in life, and I’m not going to accomplish everything, but by golly, fear is not going to be the reason why I’m not.”
Roberts, who’s selling her new guide, Brighter by the Day: Waking Up to New Hopes and Dreams, inspired others to not be afraid to point out who they are surely.
“Everybody is a limited edition,” she mentioned, including: “I mean, how many times [do] you gravitate toward people who you know were being their true authentic self? It’s just something that more and more people are starting to embrace, and I’m grateful for that.”
During the interview with DeGeneres, Roberts additionally opens up about Laign’s breast most cancers analysis and divulges she was a bus driver when she was in highschool.
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