Samira Wiley has had a pretty whirlwind year.

The Orange Is The New Black star announced her engagement to girlfriend, Lauren Morelli, who is a writer and producer on the series.

Wiley, who portrayed Poussey Washington on the Netflix hit series, made the announcement via her Instagram on Tuesday with a selfie of herself and Morelli showing off a diamond ring. The photo was captioned with a simple, “Yes”.

She made an exit from the series after her character died tragically in the penultimate episode of the last season, devastating OITNB fans everywhere.

oitnb_engaged-1The pair started dating in 2014 after Morelli’s divorce from her husband, Steve Basilone. Morelli came out as gay later that year, penning an essay in Identities.Mic. “I realized I was gay in fall 2012,” she wrote, “one of my first days on the [OITNB] 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,'” she explained.

“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 s–t, am I gay?'”

When she came to terms with her sexuality, 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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