Scoop: ‘Eat, Pray, Love’s’ Elizabeth Gilbert romancing a woman

Elizabeth Gilbert announced on social media that she's romantically involved with a woman. (Courtesy photo)

Elizabeth Gilbert of “Eat, Pray, Love” fame has a new love: a woman, her good friend, Rayya Elias.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, she announced she’s in a romance with Elias, a writer battling pancreatic and liver cancer, according to Page Six.

“Something happened to my heart and mind in the days and weeks following Rayya’s diagnosis. 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 wrote.

The author, whose 2006 memoir “Eat, Pray, Love” about her adventures finding herself following her split from her first husband, and meeting the guy who became her second husband, was a New York Times best-seller for 200 weeks.

Her news may not be a total surprise to some. In July, Gilbert said she was separating from her husband José Nunes (“Felipe” in “Eat, Pray, Love”) and she now admits her current situation is why her marriage ended.

As a form of explanation, she quotes the late, edgy novelist David Foster Wallace: “The truth will set you free– but not until it’s had its way with you” and adds, “The truth has had its way with us. And yes, the truth still stands.”


Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie have settled a court dispute over the custody of their 16-year-old son Rocco.

The BBC reports that a spokesman for the New York State court system said the pair had reached an agreement, but did not reveal with which parent the teenager would live.

However, Ritchie’s lawyer Peter Bronstein said Rocco would continue to live with his father in London.

Sorry, Madge.


In a benefit for two charitable foundations, San Francisco Giant Jake Peavy is offering a fun package for one fan and a guest: the chance to attend batting practice, watch the Giants’ final season game as a VIP (with Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead), followed by a jam session with members of the Dead. To enter, donate $10 (or more) at by Sept. 22. … At 9 a.m. Sept. 10, Sept. 17 and Sept. 24, the Bay Club at 555 California St., S.F., is hosting a benefit “Yoga on the Plaza” session with instructor Shauna Harrison; a donation of $20 goes to Team G Childhood Cancer Foundation.


DJ/music producer Avicii is 27. … Rapper Wiz Khalifa is 29. … Actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas is 35. … Singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson is 36. … Singer Pink is 37. … Actor Larenz Tate is 41. … Singer Aimee Mann is 56. … Politician Bernie Sanders is 75. … Ventriloquist Willie Tyler (with Lester) is 76.

— Staff, wire reports

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