Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts has said of coming out gay: “You gotta live your life.”

The 53-year-old Roberts quietly came out in December when she thanked her girlfriend Amber Laign in a Facebook post for standing by her side during a tumultuous year.

“Shortly after I posted about my relationship with Amber on Facebook last year, I showed a picture of us with my niece – who'd gotten married in Baton Rouge, LA – on GMA,” Roberts told Good Housekeeping. “It was like a beautiful family picture.”

“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,” she added.