Lena Waithe Reveals She Secretly Married Longtime Love Alana Mayo

Lena Waithe Alana Mayo
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Lena Waithe and Alana Mayo have tied the knot!

The writer-actress revealed that she secretly married her longtime girlfriend in San Francisco during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which was guest hosted by John Legend.

"We snuck and did it, you know. We didn’t really make any announcements or a big, you know," Waithe, 35, told Legend as a photo of the newlyweds flashed on the screen. "That's my wife. She's beautiful."

"We went to San Francisco. We went to the courthouse and got married right in front of Harvey Milk’s bust," she shared. "It was her idea, like 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.'"

The Harvey Milk tribute at San Francisco City Hall was unveiled in 2008 and honors the activist who was one of the first openly gay elected officials in California and fought for LGBTQ rights.

Waithe and Mayo dated for a couple of years before they got engaged on Thanksgiving 2017 during a trip to Tokyo.

"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," she explained, adding that, "Everybody should be able to do that."

Congrats to the happy couple.


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