Samira Wiley Engaged to OITNB Writer Lauren Morelli
Couple began dating in 2014

“The Orange Is the New Black star is engaged to Lauren Morelli, a writer and producer on the Netflix series. Wiley, whose OITNBcharacter Poussey Washington had a major story arc this past season, shared the happy news Tuesday when she Instagrammed a sweet selfie with her fiancée and a stunning diamond ring. She captioned the joyful shot, simply, “Yes.”

The couple began dating in 2014 following Lauren’s amicable split and divorce from Steve Basilone, her husband of two years. The OITNB writer-producer came out as gay in a touching Identities.Mic essay published in May 2014. “I realized I was gay in fall 2012,” she wrote, “one of my first days on the [OITNB] set.”

Once Lauren realized her truth, she came out to her family, friends and co-workers. As she wrote in her 2014 Identities.Mic essay, “I went through it all on set: I fell in love with a woman, and I watched my life play out on screen…It feels liberating and appropriate to live my life in front of you.”

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