OITNB writer Lauren Morelli divorces husband for actress Samira Wiley

Sep 15, 2014 at 8:38 a.m. ET

Lauren Morelli, one of the head writers on the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, has filed for divorce from her husband, and she already has a new love interest and it just so happens to be one of the girls on the show.

Morelli has filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Steve Basilone, but the divorce was apparently a joint petition because Morelli realized during her work on the show that she is actually gay, TMZ reports.

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In a touching essay for Mic, Morelli revealed earlier this year that she began to question her sexuality shortly after she was married and that the show's characters Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling) and her relationship with Alex Vause (played by Laura Prepon) resembled her own desires.

"In Piper and Alex, I'd found a mouthpiece for my own desires and a glimmer of what my future could look like," she wrote.

OITNB Writer divorces husband
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"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?"

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"But on set, these small moments came into sharp relief, and I found myself answering to an endless stream of cast members who peppered me with questions like a gaggle of kindergarteners (sic) curious about their new teacher. 'Are you dating anyone?' 'You're married?' 'To a man?' 'But you used to kiss girls?' 'Do you miss it?'

"I was finally forced to consider a question that had never, ever occurred to me before: Holy shit, am I gay?" she wrote.

Morelli was brave enough to realize that being in a marriage with a great but straight man was not what she wanted. What she really wanted was to be in a relationship with Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey Washington on the hit series — and the pair look super happy together!

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Morelli has shared a few photos of herself and Wiley together via her social media, including one from three weeks ago when the pair were all dressed up for the Emmys.

"Dressed and ready to go at an absurdly early hour for the Emmys!!! #netflixemmyspartybus," she captioned the pic.


She also posted a loving picture of herself and Wiley for the actress' birthday (April 15) with the caption, "Happy birthday to this lovely lady."