Robbie Rogers shares moving post as he gets engaged to boyfriend
Out gay footballer Robbie Rogers is to marry his boyfriend.
Rogers and his TV producer partner Greg Berlanti announced their engagement in a moving Instagram post.
“Thank you to everyone before us that made this moment possible,” Rogers wrote in his post.
His partner also shared a moving post about the news as they welcomed in 2017.
“I feel extremely lucky and blessed to end 2016 engaged to the love of my life. Happy New Year!” he wrote.
“For me it (is) the year my heart doubled in size.
“First, when my son Caleb was born. And second, a few days ago, when I got engaged to my soulmate.
“Though I dreamed of both those things happening, I’m not sure I truly believed they were possible.
“Thanks to the friends and family who helped me find my way to this moment in my blessed life.”
Former Leeds United footballer Rogers came out as gay in 2013, while announcing his retirement from professional football – but he has since come out of retirement and now plays for LA Galaxy.
Berlanti has written, directed and produced shows such as Dawson’s Creek, Brothers and Sisters, and Arrow
He announced on Instagram earlier in the year that he had welcomed his son via surrogate.
Berlanti wrote under the photos: “It is with much pride and love that I introduce to the world my son, Caleb Gene Berlanti.
“Born February 18, 2016. There is nothing I’ve wanted more, or waited for longer, than to be a father.
“Achieving this dream would not have been possible without the love and support of my wonderful family and surrogate, incredible boyfriend, amazing friends and co-workers that encouraged me and helped me on this remarkable journey.
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“Check back in approximately 25-30 years for the tell-all about how I screwed it all up, until then apologies for the over posting of baby photos.
“My heart is full forever.”
Rogers also shared his own post, writing: “Welcoming Caleb Gene Berlanti into this world with love and peace. 2/18/2016 the most handsome pure little guy I’ve set my eyes on.”
The US footballer has previously lashed out at FIFA for awarding the World Cup to countries with anti-gay laws and poor human rights records, such as Russia and Qatar.
Last year he promised to be “extremely flamboyant”, when he travels to the 2018 World Cup, set to take place in Russia.