Lauren Morelli, a writer on the hit women’s prison show, “Orange Is the New Black” has reportedly filed for divorce. The two were together for six years.
Morelli’s soon to be ex-husband, Steve Basilone is also a TV writer. The two were married just months prior to when Morelli joined the show’s writing staff. According to court documents the jointly filed divorce is stated to be an amicable split. Morelli has publicly referred to her soon to be ex as “the person I loved most in the world.”
While the divorce filing is new, Morelli’s much talked about sexuality is not new to the public. Morelli went public regarding her sexuality in an essay for Identities.mic. It was written six months after her and Basilone decided to end their marriage.
Only five months after getting married, the writer went to New York with “OITNB” to realize she was not straight. In the first season of OITNB, the lead character, Piper, re-ignites a fling with former lesbian lover Alex once they are thrown in jail together. Her feelings for Alex obviously cause a strain on her relationship with fiancé Larry. According to Morelli, working day in and out on those characters and story lines in the writer room, paved the way for her realization. “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.
She also went on to say she “shamelessly borrowed” lines from her own life, putting them in Piper and Larry’s mouths as their heterosexual relationship crumbled. “I went through it all on set: I fell in love with a woman, and I watched my life play out on screen,” Morelli said.
She and actress on the show, Samira Wiley have been dating since at least the beginning of this year. But the situation is still a little rough. “Some days you feel on top of the world, like nothing can stop you,” Basilone tweeted. “And others you’re on TMZ.”
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Source: The Los Angeles Times, Samira Wiley’s ‘OITNB’ writer girlfriend files for divorce from husband, September 15, 2014
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