Glennon Doyle Melton, the mother-of-three behind the popular blog Momastery, has announced she is dating soccer star Abby Wambach - just three months after divorcing her husband of 14 years.
Melton, 40, best known for her 2014 New York Times bestseller "Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life" and her 2016 memoir "Love Warrior", shared the news in a lengthy Facebook post on Sunday.
"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 captioned a photo of herself and Wambach. "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."
Melton made the announcement just three months after divorcing her former husband, Craig Melton. In the Facebook post, Melton told her 616,115 followers her ex-husband supports her relationship with Wambach and that they make "beautiful, modern family" together:
"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."
She continued: "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."
The Washington Post notes that Melton regularly speaks at Christian events and mainline Protestant and non-denominational churches around the world. However, she has actively endorsed same-sex marriages for years and said she believes such unions do not violate Biblical principles.
She explained her support for homosexuality in a 2015 blog post titled "I Support Your Right to Share My Rights."
"I support equal rights for my gay neighbors not even though I'm a Christian, but BECAUSE I'm a Christian," she wrote. "In the Gospel Jesus makes it crystal clear that if we are going to take seriously only one of his suggestions- we should make it this one: love your neighbor as yourself."
When asked how she interprets scriptures about homosexuality, Melton argued that "When these scriptures were written, there was no precedent for monogamous, consensual homosexual relationships."
"If you want to fight against the abomination referred to in these scriptures, don't picket a wedding of two grown people who love each other and want to start a family, join the work of courageous organizations who are fighting the very real abomination of the child sex trade across the world today" she wrote.
She continued: "I think that if someone translates scripture to me in a way that seems to rub up against what I know about the God of love, it's my responsibility to start asking questions. We must work out our own faith with fear and trembling. We need to take scripture seriously enough to look hard and research and ask questions."