Christian Mom Blogger Shocks Fans By Announcing She’s Dating Notorious Female US Soccer Star

Glennon Doyle Melton, author of “Love Warrior” and “Carry On, Warrior” has been celebrated for her work as a novelist and philanthropist.

She’s even been deemed a “breath of fresh air” by Oprah herself.

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In her novels and on her blog, Melton has written painfully honest recounts of her struggles with addiction, an eating disorder, marriage, and motherhood, and how her faith in God has guided her through life.

Melton last made headlines when, just a week before her book—which revolved around getting over her husband’s affair and rebuilding their marriage—hit stores, she announced that they’ve split.

Melton is now making a splash for her well-known transparency, but it’s not centered around the relationship or addiction struggles her fans are accustomed to.

The 40-year-old activist has announced her new love, girlfriend Abby Wambach of the U.S. women’s soccer team.

Wambach is famous for being the leading career scorer—male or female—in international soccer, but she has also made headlines for receiving a DUI last year.

She is now sober.

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[[[LOVE WINS ANNOUNCEMENT PART ONE]]] 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 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. Abby is deeply sensitive and kind. The kids call her an M&M because she looks tough on the outside but inside she’s really mushy and sweet. Abby’s brave. Not just with her words but with her entire being. She’s unwaveringly good to Craig, to the kids, to Sister and to all my people. 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. Wanted to answer a few questions you might have: Isn’t this fast, G? Yes, it is. How is Craig? He’s his beautiful, kind, brave self. He’s dating too — and we are both supportive of each other’s relationships. How are the kids? I’ll let them speak for themselves, or not. I can tell you that as usual, we’re walking through this together. They have the love and support of their dad, me, their grandparents, their aunts and uncles, their church, their teachers, their friends’ families. 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 are a modern, beautiful family. Our children are loved. So loved. And because of all of that love, they are brave. When Craig and I sat them down to tell them about Abby I started by saying: “In our family, we live and tell the truth about who we are no matter what, and then love each other through it — and I’m about to show you how that’s done.” [[CONTINUED IN LOVE WINS PART TWO]]]

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Melton seems to be the happiest she’s been in a long time, captioning, in part:

“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.”

And she addressed her ex-husband and how her new relationship has impacted him:

“How is Craig? He’s his beautiful, kind, brave self. He’s dating too — and we are both supportive of each other’s relationships.”

She followed up with how her new girlfriend, Abby, is getting along with both her children and entire family:

“Abby is deeply sensitive and kind. The kids call her an M&M because she looks tough on the outside but inside she’s really mushy and sweet. Abby’s brave. Not just with her words but with her entire being. She’s unwaveringly good to Craig, to the kids, to Sister and to all my people.”

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[[[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

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Melton, along with “Eat, Pray, Love” author and best friend Elizabeth Gilbert, have both not only recently announced they’re in same-sex relationships, but the two have also been picked up by Oprah’s Book Club within the last few months.

Melton and Gilbert have been an inspiration to the Christian LGBT community.

And Melton’s family has also been an example to the community, writing:

“We are a modern, beautiful family. Our children are loved. So loved. And because of all of that love, they are brave.”

Melton is noted for her concept of “brutiful,” which means life is brutal and beautiful at the same time.

Melton closed her two-part Instagram announcement in keeping with that sentiment, saying others’ opinions of her, especially her fans’ opinions, will no longer be a priority, and that in her life, love wins.

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