'Orange Is the New Black' Writer Divorces Husband, Dating Show's Female Star

OITNB writer Lauren Morelli, who recently split from her husband, is now dating one of the show's female stars

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Lauren Morelli, a writer for Orange Is the New Black, and her husband of two years, Steve Basilone, have split – and she’s finding love with one of the show’s female stars, Samira Wiley.

Morelli and Basilone filed for divorce jointly and split amicably, according to documents obtained by TMZ.

In May, the writer penned 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.

And while writing Alex and Piper’s relationship for the hit show, Morelli shared she “constantly felt like a fraud.”

“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,” she explained.

“I was sure it was bleeding into my writing. How could it not? I was married to a man, but I wasn’t straight.”

Morelli added: “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.”

Wiley, who plays Poussey Washington on the Netflix series, has been a fixture on Morelli’s Instagram account: from heading to the Emmys together in August to vacationing in Mexico in March.

A rep for the show did not immediately respond for comment.

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