In 2016 Glennon Doyle wrote the book on marriage. It was titled Love Warrior, and it explored how she and her husband, Craig, had managed to repair their relationship; one that had been forged in the early days of her sobriety and nearly came undone amid revelations of his long-running affairs.
The real-life tale became a number one New York Times best-seller and was selected for Oprah’s Book Club. But it was the next chapter that has proven to be the most life-changing for the 41-year-old author/blogger.
Later that year the mother of three announced she had met and fallen for someone else; former US soccer star, Abby Wambach.
Glennon on the moment she “just knew” she would end up with Abby Wambach. Post continues below.
In the latest episode of Mamamia‘s No Filter podcast, Doyle tells Mia Freedman about navigating the end of one marriage and the beginning of another, and how in the midst of it all she finally found freedom. The following is a small snippet from their fascinating chat.
Tell me about the day you first met Abby.
“I’d never even kissed a girl, so I had no context for what was about to happen to me.
“But when Abby walked in the room, I’m telling you, it was like that [inner] voice that I had been practicing hearing and trusting [after my separation] just screamed. My whole self was like ‘there she is’, and I just knew.
“I feel like such a freak when I say that, because I never even believed in romantic love much less love at first sight. I thought it was all just crap. I thought that everybody was just making it up. But I knew, I knew from the first [moment] that she walked into the room. And you know, it wasn’t but maybe a month later that we started talking in letters. A month later I sat down with Craig and said, ‘It’s over. I’m in love.’
“By the way, Abby and I had never seen each other outside of that room. We spent 10 minutes together and then dismantled our entire lives to be together.”