“Orange Is The New Black” writer Lauren Morelli has filed for divorce from her husband Steve Basilone following her hiring on the show. She says that the writing on the show has helped her to realized that she is actually a lesbian and that she was living life through the on-screen characters.
Morelli is now dating “OITNB” actress Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey on the show. The two were first spotted holding hands at the Emmy Awards.
Morelli opened up about her decision to get divorced and date women in an essay recently. She said, “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?”
She added, “I went through it all on set: I fell in love with a woman, and I watched my life play out on screen. It feels liberating and appropriate to live my life in front of you.