Sunday 24 September 2017

'I'm in love with her. I have no more time to deny it'

Although we're used to Elizabeth Gilbert's personal revelations, no one would have predicted what the 'Eat, Pray, Love' author's next chapter was going to be

Elizabeth Gilbert declared her love for Rayya Elias in a Facebook post
Elizabeth Gilbert declared her love for Rayya Elias in a Facebook post

Elizabeth Day

When Elizabeth Gilbert decided to reveal that she was in love with another woman, she did so on Facebook. It was the perfect platform for someone who has spent the last decade sharing the most intimate details of her life in a succession of personal memoirs and essays that have made her famous.

This week Gilbert, the 47-year-old author of the bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love announced on the social networking site that her second marriage had come to an end this spring. The reason? She had, she said, fallen in love with her best friend, Rayya Elias, a Syrian-born author and former punk hairdresser.

That post, which has attracted almost 40,000 'likes' and been shared more than 3,000 times, also revealed that Elias was suffering from pancreatic and liver cancer - "a disease", Gilbert wrote, "for which there is no cure".

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