Lauren Morelli splits from husband to be with a woman
Lauren Morelli filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Steve Basilone. The ‘Orange Is the New Black’ writer has already found love with a woman: one of the show’s female stars, Samira Wiley. According to TMZ, Morelli and Basilone filed for divorce jointly and split amicably.
In May, the writer wrote an essay on Identities.Mic about how she realized she was gay while writing for OITNB. “I realized I was gay in fall 2012, one of my first days on the set”, wrote Morelli.
“Accordingly, I was nervous about the first love scene I’d written for Alex and Piper. I 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 went through it all on set: I fell in love with a woman, and I watched my life play out on screen. And now, as we are gearing up for the release of Season 2, it feels liberating and appropriate to live my life in front of you”, she explained.
Morelli and Wiley attended the Emmys together and spent a vacation in Mexico in March.