Just three months after announcing her divorce from her husband of 14 years, Christian author Glennon Doyle Melton has found love with soccer star Abby Wambach.
Melton shared the news with a smiling photo with her “new love” on her Facebook page on Sunday.
“Feels like the world could use all the love it can get right now,” she began. “So today, I’m going to share with you my new love.”
“Oh my God, she is so good to me,” the author and mom of three wrote of Wambach. “She loves me for all the things I’ve always wanted to be loved for. She’s just my favorite. My person.”
The relationship news comes three months after Melton announced her divorce from husband Craig Melton, and two months after Wambach announced that she and her wife of three years, Sarah Huffman, would be divorcing following an April DUI arrest that forced the soccer star to confront her struggles with substance abuse.
“Abby is deeply sensitive and kind,” Melton wrote of the two-time Olympic gold medalist. “The kids call her an M&M because she looks tough on the outside but inside she’s really mushy and sweet.”
“Abby’s brave. Not just with her words but with her entire being,” she continued. “She has never been afraid to be herself, even when the world told her not to be.”
Melton has long been an outspoken advocate for same-sex marriage.
“Figuring out my stance on homosexuality felt like a life and death decision,” she wrote in a 2013 post on her blog Momastery. “I know my Jesus, I love Him, and I think if he needed me to believe that homosexuality was a sin, He would have mentioned it.”
In her Facebook post, Melton assured her 645,000 followers that her ex-husband supported her new relationship and that she was doing everything she could to ensure that her children felt as loved as ever.
“We are a modern, beautiful family. Our children are loved. So loved. And because of all of that love, they are brave,” she wrote.
She added that she hoped that her coming out would help her children feel emboldened to be truthful with themselves and others.
“When Craig and I sat them down to tell them about Abby I started by saying: ‘In our family, we live and tell the truth about who we are no matter what, and then love each other through it — and I’m about to show you how that’s done,’ ” she wrote.
Melton’s coming out announcement follows a similar revelation by Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, who revealed she had found love with her female best friend in a September Facebook post. Melton wrote about meeting Gilbert, whom she now calls a friend, in a blog post last September.