One of the head writers for "Orange is the New Black" has filed for divorce ... the logical step since she's now realized she's a lesbian and is dating one of the female stars.
Lauren Morelli just filed divorce docs -- obtained by TMZ -- from her husband of 2 years, Steve Basilone. It's actually a joint petition ... probably because Steve realizes that ship has sailed.
The story is amazing. Lauren began writing for OITNB 5 months after she got hitched. Lauren says as she started writing for the main character -- who had once been in a lesbian relationship -- she saw herself in the character. Lauren says she began to feel like a fraud ... married to a man but clearly gay.
According to Lauren ... as she began writing about Piper's blossoming relationship with the very hot Alex ... "I found a mouthpiece for my own desires and a glimmer of what my future could look like."
Enter Samira Wiley -- who plays Poussey. It's Lauren's new GF.
According to divorce docs, it's all very amicable. She gets her Lexus, her apartment and her sapphire engagement ring. He gets the Mazda hatchback.
Some Marriages Aren't Worth Saving
**cough cough Janay **
9/12/2014 8:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Toni Braxton says she believes in "standing by your man" ... but when it comes to Ray Rice, it's clear the singer thinks Janay Palmer should make an exception.
Toni and her sister Towanda were leaving Mr. Chow in Bev Hills last night when she told us how she sympathizes for Janay for having to deal with her situation in the public eye ... but strongly implies that she should leave her NFL husband.
Braxton's not the only one who feels that way -- "Couples Therapy" host Dr. Jen Berman strongly suggested Janay divorce Ray ... explaining, "I think you can forgive someone and not have to be in a relationship with them."
'Couples Therapy' Host
Janay Should DIVORCE Ray Rice
9/11/2014 10:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Janay Rice is making a HUGE mistake by staying with her husband after the elevator attack -- so says the host of VH1's "Couples Therapy."
We spoke with Dr. Jenn Berman -- who says she has an extensive background in domestic violence cases -- and she tells us she was particularly horrified by the Ray Rice footage.
Berman also says while it's good that Ray and Janay seek help -- it's important that they each have SEPARATE counseling sessions .. so that Janay can be open and honest without fear.
As for whether Janay should forgive Ray for the attack -- Berman is clear, "I think you can forgive someone and not have to be in a relationship with them."
Breaks Up With French Montana
I'm Not Over Lamar
9/11/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Khloe Kardashian has called it quits with rapper French Montana ... because she still hasn't fully recovered from her disastrous breakup with Lamar Odom.
Sources close to Khloe tell us ... she ended the relationship, telling French she can't emotionally handle it.
Khloe filed for divorce from Lamar back in December after the former NBA star's long battle with cocaine ... then started dating French in April.
We're told Khloe felt she and French had gone way too far, too fast. He bought her a Jeep for her birthday.
She and French still get along and will hang out here and there ... but that's about it.
Music Mogul Clive Davis
Named 'Other Man'
In Adultery Divorce
9/10/2014 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Clive Davis -- the music exec responsible for the careers of Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and many others -- has been dragged into a bitter divorce, accused by the husband of banging his fashion mogul wife.
Rosanna Krekel -- the VP of luxury magazine Robb Report -- filed for divorce from hubby Tig. She wants Tig -- a very rich businessman -- to pay her spousal support.
The divorce was filed in South Carolina, where there's a law prohibiting a spouse from getting alimony when they commit adultery.
Tig just filed legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- in which he claims that's exactly what his wife did, and she did it with Clive.
The docs list several rendezvous:
-- April, 2014 She went to Clive's vacation home in Palm Springs, where the pair was chauffeured in limos and went to galas and hair salons.
-- May, 2014 She went to a VIP red carpet event at MOMA in NYC and was escorted by Clive
-- June, 2014 Clive invited her to a black tie event for the Songwriters Hall of Fame
-- June and July, 2014 The pair went on Clive's $20 million luxury yacht, named "One More Toy" on the French and Italian Riviera. They were together for 2 weeks.
Short Story ... Tig thinks they were banging. BTW ... Rosanna said in an interview Clive gave her away by walking her down the aisle in 2008.
Tig has subpoenaed Clive's records to prove a liaison but he's refused to comply, so now Tig wants Clive held in contempt.
Clive wrote in his memoir he's bisexual.
We reached out to Clive ... so far, no word back.
'Shahs of Sunset'
New Cast Member
Hottie with Ex-Husband Issues
9/9/2014 10:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Shahs of Sunset" producers are adding more sex and drama for the upcoming 4th season ... by hiring a new chick ... who's trying to remarry her ex-husband.
TMZ broke the story ... Lilly Ghalichi was 86'd from the show and now we've learned she's been replaced by Asifa Mirza -- a 32-year-old graduate school student living a pampered life courtesy of her retired ex-hubby, Bobby. As for the sex and drama -- Asifa and Bobby divorced after 14 months of marriage .... yet they're currently banging again. Who says you can't go back?
We're also told GG's gonna have a major storyline, too -- accusing Mike of trying to have sex with her in Turkey last year -- and even submitting to a lie detector test.
Sherri Shepherd's Ex
She NEVER Sent Me Nudes
... But I Wish She Did!
9/7/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Sally insists he's NOT trying to hawk naked pics of his soon-to-be-ex Sherri Shepherd ... but tells TMZ if he did have nude pics of her, they might not be getting divorced.
Earlier this week a report came out that Sally had compromising pics of Shepherd and was willing to share them -- for a price -- but Sally tells TMZ that's complete BS.
In fact, he says ... "If Sherri would have been more sexual with me and sent me things like nude pictures, we'd still be married."
Sources close to the ex-couple tell us Sally hasn't heard a word from Shepherd since their surrogate gave birth last month to the baby boy they planned to raise together ... back when they were happily married. We're told the baby is living with Lamar in L.A. and Sherri's never met him.
We're told Sally rejected a $150K settlement offer from Shepherd in their child custody dispute ... because he crunched the numbers. That works out to $694/mo. over 18 years, and according to our sources ... Sally thinks the court will order Sherri to pay more..
Beyonce & Jay Z
Celebrate Bey Day
... Island Style
9/6/2014 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Beyonce and Jay Z's marriage is SO on the rocks that they're celebrating her 33rd birthday ... together ... with Blue Ivy on an island in the Mediterranean.
Jay and Bey were all over each other -- pretending to enjoy themselves on the beach. Jay played a little paddle ball while Blue played in the sand ... until it was time to head back to their yacht, off the coast of Corsica.
Yeah, we're calling it ... time to kill the break up talk. We should all be this unhappy.
'CSI' Creator's Divorce
She Gets Half the Empire
9/4/2014 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The CSI empire is getting split right down the middle -- creator Anthony Zuiker's divorce is finally settled and his wife is walking away with half the massive TV fortune ... TMZ has learned.
Jennifer Zuiker filed for divorce back in 2011, but they just hammered out the details. Bottom line -- she gets HALF of any money Anthony earns from the 3 'CSI' TV shows he's created. She also gets a cut of "CSI: Cyber" ... which doesn't debut until next year.
Anything Anthony creates going forward though -- like say, CSI: Milwaukee or Billings -- would be all his. Additionally, she will have no creative control over the productions.
According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Jennifer will get ZERO spousal support -- because although she says her monthly standard of living is $171,878 ... both parties agreed she'll be just fine with half of the CSI paychecks. The franchise makes THAT much bread. For reference ... the CSI shows have reportedly generated more than $6 BILLION.
They have 3 kids ... and Anthony will pay $10,000 a month in child support.
Jennifer put her foot down on a couple other things. She's keeping 100% of her clothing and accessories purchased from Alexander McQueen. Guess the items weren't Anthony's size. She also gets back a $26,282 deposit for a vacation on Richard Branson's private Necker Island.
Case closed. Cue The Who.
'Glee' Star Divorce
Let's Keep This Simple ...
Just Take the TV!
9/4/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Glee" star LaMarcus Tinker and his wife have finalized their divorce after settling the most important issue in any divorce ... who gets the big screen TV?!!
The divorce between Tinker and actress Shari Butler is one of the simplest and most hassle-free splits we've ever seen. He's keeping their apartment and the furniture ... while she gets the 42" Samsung TV and her $100 DVD collection (she must be a bargain bin diver).
Shari also gets 10% of his net earnings from several films ... and 10% of his "Arrested Development" royalties -- which can't be much since he was only in one episode.
They even have a roomie clause -- LaMarcus will let Shari, who lives in Maryland, stay in their apartment if she books an acting gig out here. Nicest divorce ever.
Jay Z & Beyonce
at Made in America Festival
9/1/2014 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jay Z and Beyonce shared a cozy moment in the VIP area as they watched Kanye West perform at Sunday's Made in America Festival in Los Angeles.
After seeing these photos, that capture an intimate moment between the two, we can all agree they are definitely, maybe, possibly, absolutely, perhaps, probably, 100% for sure breaking up or staying together.
Donald Sterling & Shelly
Reconcile for 60th Anniversary
How Can You Resist This Body?
8/31/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Despite the fact he called her a "pig" in open court ... despite the fact he's STILL suing her ... Donald Sterling got together with estranged wife Shelly to celebrate their 60th anniversary on the beach ... and TMZ Sports has the shocking photo.
The two put their insanely nasty war on hold last weekend -- and bathed their bodies in the sun at the Balboa Bay resort in Newport Beach.
Multiple sources connected to the couple tell us they decided to get together to celebrate their 60th anniversary ... but they still consider themselves very much estranged.
As one source put it, "It looks weird from the outside ... but it's just the way they are."
Sure, Donald trashed the hell out of Shelly for the past couple of months ... but at the end of the day, his bank account is up $2 BILLION.
Can't stay mad at that forever.
Chris Martin & Gwyneth Paltrow
Breakfast in the Hamptons
8/31/2014 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Though he's reportedly dating Jennifer Lawrence and she's reportedly dating "Glee" producer Brad Falchuk ... formerly coupled duo Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow were spotted together Saturday.
The two were seen headed to breakfast in the Hamptons with their two children, Apples and Moses.
Even consciously uncoupled people need to eat breakfast.