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‘Orange is the New Black’ writer Lauren Morelli leaves husband for actress who plays Poussey

BY LISA GUTIERREZ
THE KANSAS CITY STAR

Talk about a major plot twist.

Lauren Morelli, a writer for “Orange is the New Black,” is divorcing her husband to pursue a new relationship with Samira Wiley, who plays Poussey Washington on the show.

Morelli revealed in May that she realized she was gay while working on the Netflix hit series. And fans shouldn’t be surprised that she’s found love with Wiley. The two appear in several photos on Morelli’s Instagram account, including pictures of the two going to the Emmys together last month.

Now, TMZ reports that Morelli and her husband, Steve Basilone, have filed for divorce and have split amicably.

Morelli wrote that she realized she was gay in the fall of 2012, “one of my first days on the set.”

“I went through it all on set: I fell in love with a woman, and I watched my life play out on screen,” she wrote. “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.”

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