(EDGE) Christian "confessional writer" Glennon Doyle Melton came out on November 13, announcing that the mother of three known for her honest portrayals of her addiction, eating disorders and marital struggles is in love and in a relationship with champion soccer star Abby Wambach.
On her Facebook page, Melton wrote about her new love, saying, "Her name is Abby. You might recognize her from soccer. She was one of the best players of all time, and she has been a fierce and committed advocate for women's equality for a decade. And honestly? Those are the least impressive things about her."
Melton goes on to talk about how sensitive and kind Wambach is to her and her children, how committed she is to her friends and family, how caring she is to children and animals, and "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."
Melton is best known for her 2014 New York Times bestseller "Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life" and 2016 memoir "Love Warrior," an Oprah Book Club pick.
She wrote, "Remember in 'Love Warrior' how hard I struggled to understand what being in love meant? I get it now. I get it. I am in love. And I'm really, deeply happy."
The announcement comes three months after her divorce from her husband of 14 years, Craig Melton, and three months after Wambach announced her divorce from her wife of three years, Sarah Huffman, after a DUI arrest that pushed her to address her drug and alcohol addiction.
Melton said that her ex-husband is fine with the news, and is also dating. She added that their children, like Wambach, are also fine with the relationship, and have lots of support, calling them a "beautiful, modern family."
"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," wrote Melton.
Despite her religious blogging, Melton has for years said she believes same-sex marriage is not sinful, and that love should be celebrated in every form. Several Christian bloggers congratulated Mellon, while other Christian bloggers have come under fire for supporting same-sex marriage.
Melton ended the message saying that her supporters could think and feel whatever they needed to, but that "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."
"You only live once," said Melton, "and life needs to be more about your own joy, freedom and integrity than worrying what others think of you."
"The most revolutionary thing a woman can do is not explain herself," said Melton in the end, adding that while they would "share our joy sometimes," the couple would mostly keep their relationship private.