Lena Waithe's Wife Alana Mayo Files for Divorce

Lena Waithe's wife Alana Mayo filed for divorce in a Los Angeles court in mid-November 2020, E! News has learned, about 10 months after they announced their separation.

By Alyssa Morin Nov 22, 2020 7:08 PMTags
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UPDATE: Lena Waithe's wife Alana Mayo filed for divorce in a Los Angeles court on Friday, E! News confirmed on Sunday, Nov. 22.

The filing comes exactly 10 months after the two announced their separation. They said in a statement via their reps in January, "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." 

The 36-year-old Master of None actress and writer and her wife announced their split just two months after revealing that they had secretly married. In November, the Emmy winner told Ellen DeGeneres and John Legend on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she and Mayo tied the knot in a private ceremony at a San Francisco courthouse. 

"We didn't make any announcements or a big... We went to San Francisco. We went to the courthouse," Lena explained at the time. "Got married right in front of [late gay rights activist and politician] Harvey Milk's bust."

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"[It was] her idea, as all good things are," she continued. "And she was just driving and she saw the courthouse and she said, ‘We should get married there.' And I said, ‘Cool, I'm down.'"

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The couple announced their engagement in 2017, and had dated for quite some time before taking their romance to the next level.

—Reporting by Amanda Williams

(This story was originally published on Jan. 22, 2020 at 6:01 p.m. PT)