'OITNB' writer leaves husband for show's actress

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'Orange Is The New Black' Writer Divorces Husband, Dates Actress

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
Hollywood Life

'Orange Is The New Black' writer Lauren Morelli has just filed for divorce from husband Steve Balisone after she realizing while writing the diverse show that she's a lesbian. Also - surprise! She's dating Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey on Netflix's award-winning series.

Back in May, "Orange Is The New Black" writer Lauren Morelli penned a touching essay announcing that working for the show made her realize she was gay. Now that she has just filed for divorce from husband Steve Balisone, it has been revealed that she's been dating Samira Wiley (aka Poussey). Amaaaazing.

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'OITNB' writer leaves husband for show's actress

'Chillin w/ Lo.'

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'Dressed and ready to go at an absurdly early hour for the Emmys!!! #netflixemmyspartybus'

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'Happy birthday to this lovely lady.'

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'One of these things is not like the other. @daniebb3@whododatlikedat #oitnb'

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 23: Cast of Orange is the New Black attends Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration powered by Samsung Galaxy on August 23, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Variety)
This image released by Netflix shows Lorraine Toussaint, left, and Samira Wiley in a scene from “Orange is the New Black.” The second season of the prison series will be available on Friday, June 6, on Netflix. (AP Photo/Netflix, Linda Kallerus)
Samira Wiley arrives at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Writer Lauren Morelli attends 'Orange Is The New Black' Season Two Series premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by J Carter Rinaldi/FilmMagic)
Samira Wiley, left, and Laverne Cox arrive at Variety and Women in Film's pre-Emmy celebration at Gracias Madre on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Samira Wiley attends Logo TV's "Trailblazers" pride event at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Monday, June 23, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
Samira Wiley attends the premiere of HBO Films' "The Normal Heart" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, May 12, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Samira Wiley attends the GLAAD Media Awards on Saturday, May 3, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Actress Samira Wiley attends a screening of "Rob The Mob" on Sunday, March 9, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 04: Actress Samira Wiley is seen at The Theatre at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Actors Yael Stone, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Barbara Rosenblat, Samira Wiley, and Matt McGorry of 'Orange is the New Black are seen during 2014 NY Pride - Netflix's Orange Is The New Black on June 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Netflix)
The cast of "Orange Is The New Black" with nominees Sarah Paulson, second from left, and Angela Bassett, fifth from left, attend the Television Academy's 66th Emmy Awards Performance Nominee Reception at the Pacific Design Center on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Emma Myles, Kimiko Glenn, Jessica Pimentel, Laura Gomez, Alysia Reiner and Madeline Brewer of Orange is the New Black attend the Simple Skincare & Caravan Stylist Studio Fashion Week Event on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/WireImage)
"Orange is the New Black" cast members, from left, Danielle Brooks, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew and Taylor Schilling accept the Outstanding New Program award at the 30th Annual Television Critics Association Awards Show at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, July 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
From left, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Brooks, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, and Natasha Lyonne pose with the award for best comedy series for "Orange is the New Black" in the press room at the Critics' Choice Television Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

While Lauren's relationship with Samira was probably not a secret on-set - after all, they post adorable selfies with each other - it was probably Lauren's filing for divorce which threw their relationship into the spotlight.

The diversity and inclusivity of Orange Is The New Black has often been credited for changing lives both on and off the show. For example, Laverne Cox, 30, was the first openly trans woman to earn an Emmy nomination and she continues to inspire other trans people to be themselves. It's kind of amazing that the writers of the show are being changed by their own material.

In her essay for Mic, Lauren reveals that she began to question her sexuality only a few months after getting married. Judging by the timeline of the essay, she and her husband decided to divorce sometime around Christmas 2013.

On the show, Piper's (Taylor Schilling's) relationship with Alex (Laura Prepon) is a fraught issue - before getting married to a man, she was in a years-long relationship with the woman who would eventually rat her out and get her put behind bars. "In Piper and Alex, I'd found a mouthpiece for my own desires and a glimmer of what my future could look like," Lauren wrote.

Here's another interesting excerpt:

"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 kindergarteners 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 sh**, am I gay?"

(Check out her full essay here - it's a great read.)

Judging by the docs, Lauren and Steve's divorce will be amicable, reports TMZ.

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