Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of bestselling memoir ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ revealed in a Facebook post on Wednesday that she is in love with a woman, who has been her best friend for over a decade. Gilbert said she doesn’t just love fellow author Rayya Elias but is in love with her.
The authoress ended her nine years of marriage to Jose Nunes, who had an important role in her 2006 memoir, ‘Eat, Pray, Love.’ The book remained on top of the New York Times Bestselling List for 200 weeks and was even turned into a movie starring Julia Roberts in 2010.
“Something happened to my heart and mind in the days and weeks following Rayya’s diagnosis,” she wrote in her Facebook post. “Death – or the prospect of death – has a way of clearing away everything that is not real, and in that space of stark and utter realness, I was faced with this truth: I do not merely love Rayya; I am in love with Rayya.”
She added that the thought of losing Elias without ever being able to let her know the extent of her true feelings was unthinkable and thus she decided to be with her through the cancer journey, not just as a friend but a partner.
The relationship between Elizabeth Gilbert and Elias was kept private until now to deal with the new changes and challenges that came their way. According to the authoress, they decided to come clean about their relationship now, because truth and transparency are more important to her than anything else.
“Truth and transparency not only make my life more ethical, but also easier. (Why easier? Because untruth is always complicating, and truth — no matter what the consequences — is always strangely simplifying.)” she said. “So that is why Rayya and I have decided together to speak up publicly now — both about her cancer and about our love for each other. It’s for the sake of our own integrity, but it’s also intended to make our lives simpler.”
According to a report by The Star, Elias is an American musician and filmmaker of Syrian origin. She moved to Michigan with her family when she was eight-years-old. In 1983 she relocated to New York and was homeless for a brief period. Elias authored the 2013 memoir ‘Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side’ and Gilbert wrote the introduction to it.