Report: OINTB Writer Leaves Husband for Star Samira Wiley

Report: OINTB Writer Leaves Husband for Star Samira Wiley

Lauren Morelli finds love with show favorite Poussey.

Published September 15, 2014

In a story that could have been a plot line from Orange Is the New Black, a writer for the hit Netflix series has reportedly found love with the show's star Samira Wiley. The writer, Lauren Morelli, split with her husband after coming out as a lesbian in an essay for Identities.Mic. In the open letter, Morelli claims it was her work in the OINTB writer's room that helped her realize her true feelings.

"I was nervous about the first love scene I'd written for [characters] Alex and Piper," Morelli, 31, wrote. "I'd 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. 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 and her then-husband filed jointly for divorce, after only five months of marriage, and soon after the writer began dating Wiley, 27, who plays Poussey in the series. The new couple reportedly made their debut at the Emmy Awards. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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