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.
"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:
And then, fans on Twitter caught wind of the news:
A lot of folks were super supportive:
The Poussey jokes came rolling right in:
On Monday morning, the story was trending on 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."
It gave many hope:
For others, dreams were dashed:
Not everyone was so excited about the headlines:
With all these mixed emotions, there seems to be one thing everyone agrees on...
... everyone loves Samira Wiley.
"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.