A Christian mommy blogger has announced she is dating retired soccer star Abby Wambach.
Glennon Doyle Melton posted a smiling picture of herself and Wambach on Sunday, with the caption: 'Oh my God, she is so good to me. She loves me for all the things I've always wanted to be loved for. She's just my favorite. My person.'
Both are newly single.
Wambach, who lost her sponsors after a DUI last April, is currently in the process of divorcing fellow soccer star, and wife of three years, Sarah Huffman. While Melton announced her divorce from Craig Melton, her husband of 14 years, in August.
Glennon Doyle Melton posted a smiling picture of herself and Wambach on Sunday to announce their relationship
In the caption she wrote: ' 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'
The relationship may come as something of a surprise for fans of the Christian author - whose book Love Warrior was featured in Oprah's Book Club.
But regular readers of her blog Momastery won't be surprised by her openness about the new relationship.
Melton, a mother-of-three, is known as the ultimate confessional writer, for her honest portrayals of her struggling marriage, addiction and eating disorder, according to the Washington Post.
She has also been a champion of LGBT rights, and insists that same-sex marriage is not contrary to the church.
Since coming out about her first gay relationship, some fellow Christian bloggers have offered their support on her Facebook post.
The Christian mommy blogger Glennon Doyle Melton (left) announced she is dating retired soccer star Abby Wambach (right) on Sunday
On Sunday, Melton revealed the relationship on Facebook saying; '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.
'Her name is Abby. You might recognize her from soccer.'
She said her ex-husband Craig supports her relationship with Wambach and that they make 'beautiful, modern family' together.
Melton said her children also loved the soccer star, branding her 'an M&M because she looks tough on the outside but inside she's really mushy and sweet. '
'They're lucky kids, to be surrounded by so much love. We have family dinners together — all six of us — and Abby cooks. (She is an AMAZING chef because Jesus loves me). We go to the kids' school parties together. We are a modern, beautiful family. Our children are loved. So loved. And because of all of that love, they are brave.'
Melton announced her divorce from Craig Melton (pictured with her and their children) her husband of 14 years, in August
Wambach, who was one of the inspirational guests of honor on Melton's book tour, The Together Tour, in September, has been more private about their new relationship.
But she too has been blisteringly honest about her past.
In the memoir, released earlier this year, the retired US national team star recounts her career, revealed her struggle with alcohol and prescription drugs for years prior to her arrest for driving under the influence this past April.
Chapters in the book are words that she has been labeled: tomboy, captain, lesbian, and addict.
Wambach spends a good portion of the book detailing her bouts with vodka and pills, which included Vicodin, Ambien and Adderall.
But she says she has been sober since the night she was pulled over in Portland, Oregon, after dinner with friends.
Wambach said that night was a culmination of events as her life spiraled out of control. Her marriage was on the rocks, she was wrestling with her retirement and her direction, and she had just taken a new job with ESPN.
Melton has a spiritual bent on her writing and a coveted place on the Oprah Book Club list
She issued a statement on Facebook after she was released from jail the next morning, taking full responsibility for her actions and apologizing to her friends, family and fans.
In the aftermath, the car company MINI USA withdrew her from its heavily promoted advertising campaign, which also starred tennis great Serena Williams.
Melton's news comes just two months after her friend Elizabeth Gilbert, of Eat, Pray, Love fame, also announced her lesbian relationship.
Gilbert, whose book about her struggle to find herself, announced in September she was in a romantic relationship with her female best friend, just two months after divorcing over the summer.
Both Gilbert and Melton share a spiritual influence on their writing and much more - a coveted place on the Oprah Book Club list.