Lena Waithe’s wife Alana Mayo files for divorce a year after getting married

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

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

They issued a joint statement at the time via USA Today: “After much thought and reflection, we have decided to go our separate ways. We only have support for each other and ask that you respect our privacy during this time.

Calling it stop: Lena Waithe’s wife Alana Mayo filed for divorce just a year after tying the knot in San Francisco (pictured in January 2019)

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

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

The creator of the Twenties told guest host John Legend, “ We snuck in and did it. We haven’t really made any announcements.

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

Amicable split: They issued a joint statement at the time by USA Today: “After much thought and reflection, we have decided to go our separate ways.  We have nothing but to support each other and ask that you respect our privacy during this time '' (photo from April 2018)

Amicable split: They issued a joint statement at the time by USA Today: “After much thought and reflection, we have decided to go our separate ways. We have nothing but to support each other and ask that you respect our privacy during this time ” (photo from April 2018)

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

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

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

She said: ‘It was a really humbling day to marry someone so amazing, but also to really appreciate all the work that so many people did so that we could do it so it was good. . ”

The Ready Player One actress revealed in 2016 that Mayo, who was recently named president of MGM’s Orion Pictures, identified as just before she started dating.

She told Refinery29: ‘I love that I can tell people that my girlfriend was a straight woman of pure blood. She has never been locked up; she never languished. People always say, “Oh, so she’s been locked up all these years?” And I say, “No! Not at all.”

Secret Ceremony: The creator of the Twenties told guest host John Legend, `` We snuck in and did it.  We haven't really made any announcements'

Secret Ceremony: The creator of the Twenties told guest host John Legend, “ We snuck in and did it. We haven’t really made any announcements’

“ She just took a liking to me and wanted to try and date me. I am the first serious adult relationship she has ever had. I don’t think it’s because of the fact that I’m a woman; it’s about her and I connecting on a deep human level. We really really get along.

Since they announced their separation, 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 in January when the split was announced.

She wrote the final screenplay 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 announcing their separation, there have been rumors that Waithe was unfaithful, buying expensive gifts for other women (pictured in November 2015)

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

Principal Lady: She wrote the final screenplay 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 youth group. at risk in their annual talent show (pictured January 2020)

Principal Lady: She wrote the final screenplay 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 youth group. at risk in their annual talent show (pictured January 2020)

Waithe is also developing a series at Amazon Studios on 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 that I cheated on my wife, you’d be like, “Yeah, that’s the way it is.”

“But if I told you that I am in an open marriage, it would be like telling you that I am joining the Church of Scientology.

Writer Queen & Slim added, “ Society has such a conservative way of looking at marriage. I think as a nation we need to re-evaluate what marriage looks like for us as a country – because whatever we have right now is not working.

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

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

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