Soccer Star Abby Wambach's Surprising New Leading Lady: 5 Things to Know
Love is in the air!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”