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Lena Waithe's wife Alana Mayo files for divorce one year after tying the knot


Lena Waithe’s wife Alana Mayo has filed for divorce, just one year after they tied the knot in San Francisco.

The Emmy winner announced in January that they had separated, two months after the wedding.

They released a joint statement at the time through USA Today: ‘After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways. We have nothing but support for one another and ask that you respect our privacy during this time.’

Calling it quits: Lena Waithe's wife Alana Mayo has filed for divorce, just one year after they tied the knot in San Francisco (pictured in January, 2019)

Calling it quits: Lena Waithe’s wife Alana Mayo has filed for divorce, just one year after they tied the knot in San Francisco (pictured in January, 2019)

Waithe, 36, and Mayo, 35, had been together for over three years, and they got engaged in Tokyo on Thanksgiving Day, 2017.

She revealed last November on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that they secretly got married at a San Francisco courthouse. 

The Twenties creator told guest host John Legend: ‘We snuck and did it. We didn’t really make any announcements.’

She added: ‘We got married right in front of Harvey Milk’s bust. It was her idea, like all good things are. She was just driving and she saw the courthouse and she said, “We should get married there.” And I said, “cool, I’m down.”‘

Brief union: The Emmy winner announced in January that they had separated, two months after the wedding

Brief union: The Emmy winner announced in January that they had separated, two months after the wedding

Amicable split: They released a joint statement at the time through USA Today: 'After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways. We have nothing but support for one another and ask that you respect our privacy during this time' (pictured in April, 2018)

Amicable split: They released a joint statement at the time through USA Today: ‘After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways. We have nothing but support for one another and ask that you respect our privacy during this time’ (pictured in April, 2018)

Holiday proposal: Waithe, 36, and Mayo, 35, had been together for over three years, and they got engaged in Tokyo on Thanksgiving Day, 2017 (pictured in June, 2018)

Holiday proposal: Waithe, 36, and Mayo, 35, had been together for over three years, and they got engaged in Tokyo on Thanksgiving Day, 2017 (pictured in June, 2018)

Waithe also explained the historical significance of Milk’s memorial, honoring the first openly gay elected official in the state of California.

She said: ‘It really was a humbling day to marry someone so amazing, but also to really appreciate all the work that so many people have put in for us to be able to do that, so it was good.’ 

The Ready Player One actress revealed back in 2016 that Mayo, who was recently named president of MGM’s Orion Pictures, identified as straight before they began dating.

She told Refinery29: ‘I love the fact that I can say to people that my girlfriend used to be a full-blooded heterosexual woman. She was never closeted; she was never pining. People always go: “Oh, so she was closeted all of those years?” And I go, “No! Not at all.”

Wedding bells: She revealed last November on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that they secretly got married at a San Francisco courthouse

Wedding bells: She revealed last November on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that they secretly got married at a San Francisco courthouse

Secret ceremony: The Twenties creator told guest host John Legend: 'We snuck and did it. We didn’t really make any announcements'

Secret ceremony: The Twenties creator told guest host John Legend: ‘We snuck and did it. We didn’t really make any announcements’

‘She just took a liking to me and wanted to try dating me. I’m the first serious, adult relationship she’s ever had. I don’t think it’s about the fact that I’m a woman; it’s about the fact that she and I connect on a deep, human level. We just really get each other.’ 

Since they announced their split, there have been rumors that Waithe was unfaithful, buying expensive gifts for other women.

According to Bossip, Waithe and actress Cynthia Erivo, 33, were living together in Los Angeles back in January, when the split was announced. 

She penned the latest script for Erivo’s upcoming musical drama Talent Show, in which the British actress stars as a failed songwriter who returns home to Chicago, where she leads a group of at-risk youth in their annual talent show.

Other women: Since they announced their split, there have been rumors that Waithe was unfaithful, buying expensive gifts for other women (pictured in November, 2015)

Other women: Since they announced their split, there have been rumors that Waithe was unfaithful, buying expensive gifts for other women (pictured in November, 2015)

Moving on: According to Bossip, Waithe and actress Cynthia Erivo, 33, were living together in Los Angeles back in January, when the split was announced

Moving on: According to Bossip, Waithe and actress Cynthia Erivo, 33, were living together in Los Angeles back in January, when the split was announced

Leading lady: She penned the latest script for Erivo's upcoming musical drama Talent Show, in which the British actress stars as a failed songwriter who returns home to Chicago, where she leads a group of at-risk youth in their annual talent show (pictured in January, 2020)

Leading lady: She penned the latest script for Erivo’s upcoming musical drama Talent Show, in which the British actress stars as a failed songwriter who returns home to Chicago, where she leads a group of at-risk youth in their annual talent show (pictured in January, 2020)

Waithe is also developing a series at Amazon Studios about open relationships, potentially titled Open.

She told The Hollywood Reporter in August: ‘I’ve never been in an open marriage, but it’s fascinating to me. We live in a world where, if I told you I cheated on my wife, you would be like, “Yeah, that’s the way it goes.” 

‘But if I told you that I’m in an open marriage, it would be as if I told you I’m joining the Church of Scientology.’

The Queen & Slim writer added: ‘Society has such a conservative way of looking at marriage. I do think that we as a nation need to reevaluate what marriage looks like for us as a country — because whatever we have right now, it ain’t working.’

Art imitating life? Waithe is also developing a series at Amazon Studios about open relationships: 'I've never been in an open marriage, but it's fascinating to me' (pictured in June, 2018)

Art imitating life? Waithe is also developing a series at Amazon Studios about open relationships: ‘I’ve never been in an open marriage, but it’s fascinating to me’ (pictured in June, 2018)

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