Lena Waithe and wife Alana Mayo have announced their separation, just two months after they got married. Waithe and Mayo announced their split in a joint statement on Wednesday, People reports.
“After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways,” they wrote. “We have nothing but support for one another and ask that you respect our privacy during this time.”
Waithe and Mayo tied the knot in a secret wedding ceremony just two months ago. They’d been dating for three years and got engaged on Thanksgiving 2017.
Back in November, Waithe revealed the wedding news on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” explaining that she and Mayo had quietly gone to a courthouse in San Francisco to get married. The courthouse is of historic significance to the LGBTQ community.
“We snuck and did it, you know. We didn’t make any announcements,” she explained. “We went to San Francisco. We went to the courthouse. Got married right in front of Harvey Milk’s bust. It was her idea, as all good things are. 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.'”
She continued, “It was a humbling day, you know, 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.”
Considering that Waithe has been singing Mayo’s praises for years, the news of a split comes as a surprise. In 2018, Waithe said on “The David Chang Show” that her Mayo kept her “grounded” in the chaos of her career.
“When I get home from winning an Emmy, she’s like, ‘Don’t forget to take out the recycling.’ It’s those things that I think are really helpful. She’s so laid back about it all,” she said at the time.
Waithe won an Emmy for Netflix’s “Master of None” and recently debuted her first feature film, “Queen & Slim.”