‘Eat Pray Love’ Author Elizabeth Gilbert Weds Partner Rayya Elias


Elizabeth Gilbert

“Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert and her terminally ill partner, Rayya Elias, have celebrated their relationship with a commitment ceremony.

The 47-year-old author posted to Instagram a photo taken after their “simple and spontaneous ceremony of love, surrounded by a small handful of friends and family.”

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“Over the last year, Rayya Elias and I have been through some really difficult days together — but not today. Today was precious and perfect,” the author wrote.

“Our ceremony was nothing legally binding (no need to alert the authorities, folks!)… just a quiet and private celebration of what we have long known to be true: We belong to each other.

“More difficult days are to come. It doesn’t get easier from here. Her illness is grave. But our love is strong. We will walk together as far as we can go together. After that, it all gets turned over to God.

“Create beauty with every day you are given.”

Dear Ones: Over the last year, Rayya Elias and I have been through some really difficult days together — but not today. Today was precious and perfect. A simple and spontaneous ceremony of love, surrounded by a small handful of friends and family. Our ceremony was nothing legally binding (no need to alert the authorities, folks!)…just a quiet and private celebration of what we have long known to be true: We belong to each other. More difficult days are to come. It doesn’t get easier from here. Her illness is grave. But our love is strong. We will walk together as far as we can go together. After that, it all gets turned over to God. Create beauty with every day you are given, Onward, LG (And thank you, @bindleandkeep, for putting a rush on @rayyaelias’s suit, and for hand-delivering it yesterday. She looked beautiful. Thank you for the grace, the care, and the compassion. You are good people.)

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Last September, Gilbert wrote on Facebook she realised she was in love with Rayya after her devastating cancer diagnosis.

“My best friend Rayya Elias was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer — a disease for which there is no cure,” she wrote.

Gilbert 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.”

Gilbert’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.

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The book was adapted into a movie starring Julia Roberts in 2010.