The actress and the “Orange is the New Black” writer began dating and fell madly in love two years ago, after Lauren realized she was gay and left her husband.
Lauren came out in a very candid essay for Identities.Mic, where she detailed her “ah-hah moment.”
I was nervous about the first love scene I’d written for Alex and Piper. I’d loved writing it, loved watching a tenderness emerge in their relationship where passion always seemed to be the ruling principle, but by that time, I was so deep in my own self-doubt that I constantly felt like a fraud. I was sure it was bleeding into my writing. How could it not? I was married to a man, but I wasn’t straight.
Lauren and her husband jointly filed for divorce and she’s been living her happily ever after with Samira ever since.
The couple announced their engagement via Instagram with the photo above. Samira captioned it, “Yes.”