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    Sep 15, 2014

    People Are Freaking Out Over Reports That Samira Wiley Is Dating An "OITNB" Writer

    According to a TMZ report, the Orange Is the New Black star is in a relationship with writer Lauren Morelli, who came out in a personal essay earlier this year.

    Over the weekend, TMZ reported that OITNB writer Lauren Morelli and her husband of two years have filed for divorce, and that Morelli is currently in a relationship with actress Samira Wiley.

    Neither Morelli nor Wiley has actually confirmed the relationship. The OITNB writer tweeted on Saturday:

    Morelli came out in a personal essay earlier this year, writing that working on Orange Is The New Black helped her open up about her own sexuality.

    Tony Merevick

    "While writing for Orange Is the New Black, I realized I am gay," read the opening headline.

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

    The news spread quickly through various media outlets:

    Forget Piper and Alex, there's a hotter (real life!) Orange Is the New Black couple: http://t.co/JeuJ74QfoB

    Us Weekly@usweekly

    Forget Piper and Alex, there's a hotter (real life!) Orange Is the New Black couple: http://t.co/JeuJ74QfoB

    12:00 PM - 15 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    "Orange is the New Black" writer divorced her husband after realizing she's gay, now dating Poussey http://t.co/YMdr4rMYuE

    VANITY FAIR@VanityFair

    "Orange is the New Black" writer divorced her husband after realizing she's gay, now dating Poussey http://t.co/YMdr4rMYuE

    11:18 PM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Orange Is the New Black Writer Lauren Morelli Divorcing Husband, Has Been Dating Star Samira Wiley http://t.co/jQqbFgRdYp

    E! Online@eonline

    Orange Is the New Black Writer Lauren Morelli Divorcing Husband, Has Been Dating Star Samira Wiley http://t.co/jQqbFgRdYp

    10:25 AM - 15 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    "Orange Is The New Black" writer divorces her husband to start dating Poussey http://t.co/1LGqAlz3Om

    HuffPost TV@HuffPostTV

    "Orange Is The New Black" writer divorces her husband to start dating Poussey http://t.co/1LGqAlz3Om

    12:30 AM - 15 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Report: OINTB Writer Leaves Husband for Star Samira Wiley - Lauren Morelli finds love with show favorite Poussey. http://t.co/G7Yq8CWItf

    BET News@BETNews

    Report: OINTB Writer Leaves Husband for Star Samira Wiley - Lauren Morelli finds love with show favorite Poussey. http://t.co/G7Yq8CWItf

    11:06 AM - 15 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    And then, fans on Twitter caught wind of the news:

    THE WRITER OF ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK IS DATING POUSSEY, FROM ORANGE IS THE BLACK. that shit is crazy

    crystal@xoxo_c98

    THE WRITER OF ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK IS DATING POUSSEY, FROM ORANGE IS THE BLACK.

    that shit is crazy

    5:53 PM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    PLEASE TELL ME THE LAUREN MORELLI THING IS TRUE BECAUSE I'M SCREAMING SO LOUDLY RIGHT ABOUT NOW

    siu jerk jai@adey9825

    PLEASE TELL ME THE LAUREN MORELLI THING IS TRUE BECAUSE I'M SCREAMING SO LOUDLY RIGHT ABOUT NOW

    4:53 AM - 15 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    hold up.. the writer of oitnb divorced her husband and is now dating the actress who plays poussey from the show. Talk about plot twist

    M•L•E@emileetakos

    hold up.. the writer of oitnb divorced her husband and is now dating the actress who plays poussey from the show. Talk about plot twist

    12:34 PM - 15 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    A lot of folks were super supportive:

    I'd divorce my husband for Samira Wiley too. I'm just saying.

    Awesomely Luvvie@Luvvie

    I'd divorce my husband for Samira Wiley too. I'm just saying.

    12:34 PM - 13 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Poussey is gorgeous. If I were a lesbian, married to a man, I'd divorce him, too.

    Uhuru: Freedom@iRondrea

    Poussey is gorgeous. If I were a lesbian, married to a man, I'd divorce him, too.

    11:17 AM - 15 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    i would divorce my husband too if it meant i could date samira wiley

    wario's ass fan@idiot_teen

    i would divorce my husband too if it meant i could date samira wiley

    12:32 PM - 13 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The Poussey jokes came rolling right in:

    "Guess who fuckin your bitch" - Poussey

    from day one you could look in Poussey's eyes and know she's Ms. Steal Yo Girl

    W.E.B. Dem boyz@TheBeatnikBill

    from day one you could look in Poussey's eyes and know she's Ms. Steal Yo Girl

    12:13 PM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    On Monday morning, the story was trending on Facebook:

    Facebook

    Tumblr users were quick to have their fun as well:

    Moms were generally confused:

    There was blatant outrage:

    And dashboards did some things:

    For some people, this is – quite literally – "the biggest news ever."

    How do you start dating POUSSEY immediately after coming out? This is the biggest news ever. For lesbians. http://t.co/RyoaputGvR

    Eleanor Margolis@EleanorMargolis

    How do you start dating POUSSEY immediately after coming out? This is the biggest news ever. For lesbians.

    http://t.co/RyoaputGvR

    11:03 AM - 15 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    It gave many hope:

    omg @ confirmation that samira wiley is a lesbian. let me pretend i have a chance.

    Debbie Downer@LaurieFromMiami

    omg @ confirmation that samira wiley is a lesbian. let me pretend i have a chance.

    1:30 PM - 13 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    For others, dreams were dashed:

    Not everyone was so excited about the headlines:

    Pay attention to news and how they frame stories. Writer came out in may but headlines now say she "divorced husb FOR poussey". Tabloidish

    Rad Pitt@radseed

    Pay attention to news and how they frame stories. Writer came out in may but headlines now say she "divorced husb FOR poussey". Tabloidish

    12:17 AM - 15 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    the only thing less interesting to me than "orange is the new black" is gossip about the production of "orange is the new black".

    neil mccauley@the_blueprint

    the only thing less interesting to me than "orange is the new black" is gossip about the production of "orange is the new black".

    9:27 AM - 15 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    If that had been her husband that left her for poussey we for nor hear word.

    Hügo@Nigerianweirdo

    If that had been her husband that left her for poussey we for nor hear word.

    8:13 PM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    She divorced her husband to be with Poussey and people say its beautiful. If this has been the other way, well u get my point.

    Mr. Fyodor Dobodosky@TayoMarciano

    She divorced her husband to be with Poussey and people say its beautiful. If this has been the other way, well u get my point.

    7:53 PM - 14 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    With all these mixed emotions, there seems to be one thing everyone agrees on...

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about this article but mostly "none of my business" crossed with "YAY POUSSEY" http://t.co/sGGYQkff1B

    jennifer laughran@literaticat

    I have a lot of conflicting feelings about this article but mostly "none of my business" crossed with "YAY POUSSEY" http://t.co/sGGYQkff1B

    5:55 PM - 13 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    ... everyone loves Samira Wiley.

    I think everyone have a bit of a crush on Poussey #oitnb

    Johanna Herrstedt@JoHerrstedt

    I think everyone have a bit of a crush on Poussey #oitnb

    8:37 PM - 04 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    "We do not comment on our client's personal lives," a rep for Samira Wiley told BuzzFeed News when asked for an official comment on the reported relationship.