‘Orange is the New Black’ Star Taylor Schilling Comes Out in Girlfriend’s Instagram Post

Orange is the New Black star Taylor Schilling came out this weekend through a social media post posted by her girlfriend, artist Emily Ritz.

Ritz posted an Instagram story of the two of them embracing with the caption, “I couldn’t be more proud to be by your side…Happy Pride!”

Schilling, who played bisexual character Piper Chapman in Orange is the New Black, has been questioned about her sexuality in past interviews, but she always avoided putting a label on it.

“I think [the question of my sexuality] is pretty invasive,” she told The Standard in 2017. “I’ve had very serious relationships with lots of people, and I’m a very expansive human. There’s no part of me that can be put under a label. I really don’t fit into a box—that’s too reductive. I’m working all the time—I don’t really have anything else going on. But I’ve had wonderful relationships. I’ve had a lot of love, and I don’t have any qualms about where it comes from.”

Ritz is both a multimedia visual artist and jazz and R&B musician.