Orange Is The New Black writer Lauren Morelli just filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Steve Basilone. This normally wouldn’t be news on our website, but since Lauren is dating one of the show’s star, Samira Wiley, we had to share the tea.
Morelli says she realized she was a lesbian while working on the show and shortly after began dating one of the show’s breakout characters, Poussey. The scribe documents the entire experience in an essay on Mic.
“I was nervous about the first love scene I’d written for Alex and Piper. I’d loved writing it, loved watching a tenderness emerge in their relationship where passion always seemed to be the ruling principle, but by that time, I was so deep in my own self-doubt that I constantly felt like a fraud. I was sure it was bleeding into my writing. How could it not? I was married to a man, but I wasn’t straight.”
“I realized I was gay in fall 2012, one of my first days on the set. It wasn’t so much one thing, but the sum of many small details: how uncomfortable I felt around groups of lesbians or how I considered myself (shrug) a “not very sexual person.” When considered alone, these seemed like little quirks that made me me. Wanting to read a book instead of have sex is a perfectly reasonable preference to have, right?”
TMZ reports that the divorce will be amicable. Steve gets the Mazda hatchback and Lauren gets her Lexus, apartment and sapphire engagement ring. The OITNB writer also lands Poussey, good for her.
You can read the rest of Morelli’s message here.