'Eat, Pray, Love' Author Elizabeth Gilbert Says She's Dating Late Partner's Friend
Elizabeth Gilbert revealed her new "sweetheart" on Instagram — Simon MacArthur, a photographer and close friend of Rayya Elias, Gilbert's former partner.
Gilbert revealed her new "sweetheart" on Instagram — Simon MacArthur, a photographer and close friend of Rayya Elias, Gilbert's former partner.
"Of late, Simon and I have found our way to each other’s arms,'' Gilbert wrote, captioning a touching snap of the two of them. "And now here we are, and his heart has been such a warm place for me to land."
Elias died last year of cancer.
Gilbert stunned many when she announced in 2016 that she was leaving her husband of a decade, Jose Nunes. A couple months later, she revealed she had fallen in love with her longtime best friend, Elias.
Nunes was featured in "Eat, Pray, Love" and played by Javier Bardem in the film adaptation starring Julia Roberts as Gilbert.
Gilbert has written at length about her battle with grief following the death of Elias. In her post about MacArthur, she added she would always speak candidly about personal matters.
"It’s OK to live, and to love," she wrote. "Or...if you are falling in love in middle age and it’s terrifying, because you feel just as dumb and crazy and excited and insecure as you did at 16? Well, let me normalize this for you. It’s OK. You will always feel 16 when you are falling in love."
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