Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the bestselling book “Eat, Pray, Love”, has opened up about the emotional moment she realised she was in love with her best friend Rayya Elias.
Elizabeth opened up about her relationship with Rayya in a heartfelt Facebook post that has been shared more than 3000 times.
In it, she explains that while she has been open about her love for Rayya as a friend, it wasn’t until Rayya’s recent cancer diagnosis that she realised she was in love with her.
“My best friend Rayya Elias was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer — a disease for which there is no cure,” Elizabeth wrote.
She said that when she learned of the diagnosis “a trap door opened at the bottom of my heart” and her entire existence fell through it.
“From that moment forward, everything became about HER. I cancelled everything … and I went straight to her side, where I have been ever since,” she wrote.
“She’s my role model, my traveling companion, my most reliable source of light, my fortitude, my most trusted confidante. In short, she is my PERSON.
“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. And I have no more time for denying that truth.”
Elizabeth described as “unthinkable” the thought of sitting in a hospital room with Rayya without revealing her true feelings for her.
“Here is the thing about truth: Once you see it, you cannot un-see it. So that truth, once it came to my heart’s attention, could not be ignored,” she wrote.
“We will not be wasting a moment of our time together, for as much time as we are given.”
Elizabeth’s bestselling 2006 book “Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across, Italy, India and Indonesia” recounted a year of globetrotting adventure she embarked on after divorcing her first husband. The book was adapted into a movie in 2010.
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