In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert announced that she had held a commitment ceremony with fellow writer, best friend, and partner Ravya Elias. In the post, Gilbert said that she knows that she and Elias, who suffers from pancreatic and liver cancer, will have “more difficult days … to come.”
“But not today,” wrote Gilbert. “Today was precious and perfect. A simple and spontaneous ceremony of love, surrounded by a small handful of friends and family.”
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.)
Gilbert, who separated from José Nunes, her husband of 10 years who was also known as “Felipe” in Eat, Pray, Love, in July of last year, had first announced the beginning of her relationship with longtime friend Elias in September. The recent ceremony, according to Gilbert, was not “legally binding,” but, rather, a reflection of the strength of their love, and their commitment to “walk together as far as we can go.”
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