BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
Miami fashion photographer Rubem Robierb describes his engagement to Good Morning America’s Sam Champion: “I proposed to Sam. He said yes. It was really, really formal. I got the rings. It was kind of a surprise,” said Robierb, who moved from Brazil four years ago.
The couple met in Miami and will wed late December in New York and celebrate with a reception on New Year’s in Florida. Robierb, 34, and weather anchor Champion, 51, already are splitting their time between Miami and New York.
Ben Affleck said Monday on GMA he is “inspired” by their love story. Champion’s colleague, Robin Roberts, still recovering from her bone marrow transplant, tweeted she hoped she’d be well enough to attend the wedding.
As of 5 p.m. Monday, more than 30,000 GMA Facebook fans had "liked" the Robierb-Champion engagement announcement.
Robierb says he and Champion are excited to suddenly become inspirations for gay youths. “The times change and we think we can help other people. We’re happy to be a good example. You need to be who you are. If you are a good person, you’re a role model for the next generation. We want people to live their lives the way they want to live. No need to hide.”