‘Eat Pray Love’ Author Elizabeth Gilbert’s Partner Dies Of Cancer


Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert’s partner Rayya Elias has lost her battle with cancer at the age of 57.

Gilbert came out in September 2016, and at the time revealed her relationship with Elias in an emotional Facebook post, where she also revealed Elias has been diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer that year.

The author posted touching tributes to Elias across her social media accounts.

“She was my love, my heart, my best friend, my teacher, my rebel, my angel, my protector, my challenger, my partner, my muse, my wizard, my surprise, my gift, my comet, my liberator, my rock star, my completely impossible non-cooperator, my otherworldly visitor, my spiritual portal, and my baby,” she wrote.

“I loved you so much, Rayya. Thank you for letting me walk with you right to the edge of the river. It has been the greatest honor of my life.

“I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring. May you rest in excitement. I will always love you.”

In 2016, Gilbert shared on social media that Elias’ cancer diagnosis made her realise she was in love with her friend of more than 15 years.

“From that moment forward, everything became about HER. I cancelled everything in my life that could be cancelled, and I went straight to her side, where I have been ever since,” she wrote.

“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.”

In June last year, the pair shared a commitment ceremony, surrounded by a small group of friends and family.

“Over the last year, Rayya Elias and I have been through some really difficult days together — but not today,” Gilbert said at the time.

“Today was precious and perfect. A simple and spontaneous ceremony of love.”

On New Year’s Eve, Gilbert posted a photo of her and her partner with the caption: “Happy New Year, everyone. You made it. We made it. Blessed be. #2018”