Orange is the New Black star Lea DeLaria broke up with fiancé Chelsea Fairless few days after their supposed wedding day.
Fairless and DeLaria, who plays Big Boo in OITNB, revealed the split in a rather odd way. The two shared a video on Instagram a video of them photoshopped into Liza Minnelli and David Gest’s wedding photo. The clip also featured the late Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor. The 80s song It Must Have Been Love can be heard playing in the background.
In the caption, DeLaria wrote, “Please exclude us from the tragic and basic celebrity breakup narrative.” The two did not reveal the reason why they called off the wedding but DeLaria made it clear that it is an amicable split. She added in the caption that they remain friends.
According to People magazine, the couple was set to wed on Jan. 8, 2017, which is DeLaria’s late parents’ wedding anniversary. Comedian and DeLaria’s friend Sandra Bernhard will officiate the ceremony.
Apparently this was an eerily prophetic choice of engagement photo as our relationship has since gone the way of David and Liza, with one small exception: our split is amicable. Please exclude us from the tragic and basic celebrity breakup narrative. We were happy together for four years and will remain in each other's lives. In fact, we look forward to finding new ways to torture each other. We would like to thank our incredible friends and families for their love and support ❤ xoxo Lea & @female_trouble
The two met on the set of Orange is the New Black. DeLaria said Fairless’ friend Emma Myles, who plays the role of Leanne on the show, was the one who introduced them. The 58-year-old actress and Fairless have been together for four years.
DeLaria proposed to the fashion editor at the Netflix party following the SAG Awards in 2015. They announced their engagement on Facebook in February of the same year. She said at the time her wedding would either be “the event of the season” or “a total s**t show,” Entertainment Tonight noted.
What to Expect From DeLaria in Upcoming OINTB Season 5
The actress has already confirmed to come back in season 5. In the previous season, Boo turned her back on her best friend Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) when she decides to forgive Coates (James McMenamin) for raping her. Will the two rekindle their friendship in the forthcoming season of the Netflix hit series?
Other cast members who will return are Taylor Schilling (Piper), Laura Prepon (Alex), Uzo Aduba (Crazy Eyes), Kate Mulgrew (Red), and Danielle Brooks (Taystee). Natasha Lyonne (Nicky), Dascha Polanco (Daya), and Selenis Leyva (Gloria) will all come back as well.
Orange is the New Black season 5 will return in June 2017.
Image source: Facebook/OITNB