New York, NY- Shortly after landing her writing gig on Netflix’s wildly popular series “Orange is the New Black,” writer Lauren Morelli fell in love with one of the show’s female stars. This Morelli and her husband made their split official.
According to TMZ, Morelli and her husband Steven Basilone, also a TV-writer, filed for joint divorce on Monday. They had been together for 6 years, and married a few months after Morrelli was hired to write for “OITNB”
It appears as though writing a show about a women’s prison helped Morelli find her true sexuality and she came out publically in May. But there is no bitterness between the two, according to TMZ. Morellli has previously said, Basilone “is the person I love the most.”
TMZ reported that the couple have already divided up their property and assets
Morelli actually came out months before filing for divorce, seeing actress Samira Wiley publically. The couple were photographed in August at the Emmy’s holding hands, so the divorce is no surprise.
In an essay in which Morelli comes out publically, she describes how one of the story lines for the Emmy-winning show prompted her to examine her own and led her to discover she was gay.
She says in the essay, which appears on Identities. Mic, “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.’”
The Daily Mail reported that Morelli and Wiley who plays Poussey Washington in the show, have been dating at least since the beginning of this year.
Morelli’s situation isn’t all that unusual and adults often come to realizations about their sexuality later in life. Many people get married because that’s what society tells them they should do only to find out that marriage is not for them for whatever reason.
Marriage should be taken seriously, but tolerating unhappiness and misery doesn’t do anyone any good and divorce may be the best choice for all parties involved. Morelli and her estranged husband managed to work their divorce settlement without any in-fighting, but not all couples are as lucky.
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