‘OITNB’ Writer Divorces Husband, Finds Love With Female Star

9-15-2014 2-05-55 PM

Writer for Orange Is the New Black, Lauren Morelli, divorced her husband of two years and has since been reportedly dating one of the Netflix series’ female stars, Samira Wiley.

According to Morelli, she found clarity of her own sexuality after writing scenes for Piper and Alex.

“I found a mouthpiece for my own desires and a glimmer of what my future could look like,” she wrote in an essay for Mic.

It didn’t take long before Morelli accepted her truth:

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?
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 kindergartners 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?

Without identifying Wiley, who plays Poussey Washington on OITNB, Morelli implied she is happier than ever with her newfound revelation.

“I went through it all on set: I fell in love with a woman, and I watched my life play out on a screen… It feels liberating and appropriate to live my life in front of you,” the writer gushed.

The divorce proceeded amicably, while Morelli and Wiley traveled to Mexico in March and attended the Emmys together in August.

(Photo Credit: Instagram/ lomorelli)