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Soccer Star Abby Wambach’s Surprising New Leading Lady: 5 Things to Know

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Love is in the air!

On Sunday, Christian blogger Glennon Doyle Melton revealed in a viral post that she’s in a committed relationship with U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach.

Just three months after announcing her divorce from her husband of 14 years, the author posted a smiling photo of the new couple to her social media channels with the caption, “Feels like the world could use all the love it can get right now… So today, I’m going to share with you my new love.”

“She loves me for all the things I’ve always wanted to be loved for,” Melton writes in the post about Wambach. “She’s just my favorite. My person.”

It’s been only two months since Wambach announced that she and her wife of three years, Sarah Huffman (the duo went viral in 2015 with a post-World Cup win kiss), are planning to separate — but the two-time Olympic gold medalist says she is “so so happy!” with Melton in an Instagram post.

Here’s everything you need to know about Wambach’s new leading lady.

❤️❤️❤️ so so happy!

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Melton is a blogger, author, speaker and activist
Melton has penned multiple memoirs, including Love Warrior (an Oprah’s Bookclub 2016 selection), which chronicles the story of her journey to self-discovery after the collapse of her marriage. She is the founder of Momastery, a mommy blog, and Together Rising, a non-profit she claims has raised millions of dollars for families through Love Flash Mobs.

Spoke to a thousand Love Warriors in Minnesota last night. I felt sad and shaky and vulnerable but I showed up anyway. So did they. Right now: we really need the Love Warriors to show up anyway. Heather, a fierce minister and my interviewer said: G, Why are you a Christian? And I took a deep breath and I said: Because the media Jesus and the Gospel Jesus aren't the same person. Not even close. The Jesus we read about in the Gospel walked the Earth asking two questions everywhere he went. Who is power forgetting? Who is religion oppressing? And then he gathered them and ate with them and listened to them. And so back then he found himself eating with lepers and bleeding women and the poor and prostitutes and tax collectors. He just gathered these people and broke bread with them. And so today- if Jesus followers asked the same questions their leader asked with his life.. If we looked hard at our own communities, in our own countries today and asked: Who is power forgetting? Who is religion oppressing? And then we gathered those people. And ate with them. And listened to them…we’d find ourselves listening to black kids. Black women. Black men. Brown people. Muslims. Addicts. The mentally ill. Children. Gay kids. Single moms. Divorced folks. Transgender kids. Refugees. Immigrants. Widows. The financially poor…. And if we look around our churches and we do not see those faces…then we can be certain we are not doing the work that Jesus did. And we might ask ourselves if what we have is a CHURCH – where the vulnerable find allies and refuge and hope and where we step back and let the forgotten LEAD US – or if what we have ourselves is a country club where we can be comfy with folks who look and love and think just like we do. I'm a Christian because I like Jesus’ questions. I don't need all the answers. But I do need good questions. Thank you for your gorgeous photography #kristinabigailphoto @kristinabigailphoto

A photo posted by Glennon Doyle Melton (@glennondoylemelton) on

She was married for 14 years and has three children
Melton says she “barely knew” her husband of 14 years, Craig Melton, when they first married. “On Mother’s Day 2002, unwed and addicted, I found myself holding a positive pregnancy test. For the first time in my life, I wanted something more than I wanted to be numb. I decided to become a mother and vowed to never again have another drink, cigarette, drug, unhealthy relationship, or food binge. I found myself marrying my son’s father,” she writes in her blog bio. Melton has three children, the subject of many of her Momastery posts.

She’s a “Recovering Everything”
“For twenty years I was lost to bulimia and alcoholism and bad love and drugs. I suffered. My family suffered,” she writes in her blog bio. And, now, she’s not alone. Wambach, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, abused alcohol and a mix of prescription drugs (Ambien, Vicodin and Adderall) for years before a DUI arrest in April.

Voter intimidation is not going to be a problem for us. #LoveWarrior #PantsuitToThePolls #imwithher

A photo posted by Glennon Doyle Melton (@glennondoylemelton) on

Melton has love for all
Melton has been a proponent of marriage equality for years. In a 2013 blog post titled, “I LOVE GAY PEOPLE AND I LOVE CHRISTIANS. I CHOOSE ALL,” the writer says figuring out her stance on homosexuality felt “like a life and death decision.” After sitting through a condemning sermon on homosexuality, she struggled finding ministers who were willing to discuss the church’s stance on same-sex marriage. So, she came to the conclusion herself, that everyone is “free to love each other.”

[[[LOVE WINS PART TWO, CONTINUED FROM PART ONE]]] How are we supposed to FEEL about this? My loves, here is the good news: You are allowed to think and feel WHATEVER YOU NEED OR WANT TO FEEL! Come close–because I need to explain this part well: It has been my job for so long as a leader in this community to care deeply about what you think and feel about me and the way I live my life. I have cared so much, for so long. It has been a great honor. Now we are entering a new time which calls for a different type of leadership. And now it is my job as a leader not to concern myself too deeply about what you think and feel about me- about the way I live my life. That is what I want to model now, because that is what I want for YOU: I want you to grow so comfortable in your own being, your own skin, your own knowing – that you become more interested in your own joy and freedom and integrity than in what others think about you. I want you to refuse to betray yourself. Not just for you. For ALL OF US. Because what the world needs — in order to grow, in order to relax, in order to find peace, in order to become brave — is to watch one woman at a time live her truth without asking for permission or offering explanation. The most revolutionary thing a woman can do is not explain herself. What I need you to know- and what I know you need to know- is that I am deeply, finally, FINE. Fine through my bones and soul and mind and just every fiber of me. You have the room to feel and react with your truth….because I am so unshakably certain inside of mine. I have officially become a woman who knows who she is and refuses to betray herself. So anyway. What I’m trying to say is. PRECIOUS WORLD: I LOVE ABBY. Love Wins. G

A photo posted by Glennon Doyle Melton (@glennondoylemelton) on

It’s serious!
Wambach and Melton’s relationship is apparently not a fleeting romance. The soccer star has met Melton’s children and they have family dinners together. “Abby cooks. (She is an AMAZING chef because Jesus loves me),” writes Melton. “We are a modern, beautiful family. Our children are loved. So loved. And because of all that love, they are brave.” And at the end of her post, Melton says, “PRECIOUS WORLD: I LOVE ABBY. Love Wins.”