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Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert announces split from husband José Nunes

2 July 2016
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The award-winning author of the hugely successful memoir Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, Elizabeth Gilbert, has announced that she and her husband José Nunes, who she met during the travels she chronicled in her memoir, have decided to split after ten years of marriage.

In a touching Facebook post, Elizabeth spoke her to fans about the decision, saying that she is publicly sharing the information about her marriage as she has "shared details of my private life with you all so intimately over the years."

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Elizabeth told fans the news in a Facebook post

She wrote: "I am separating from the man whom many of you know as "Felipe" — the man whom I fell in love with at the end of the EAT PRAY LOVE journey. He has been my dear companion for over 12 years, and they have been wonderful years. Our split is very amicable. Our reasons are very personal.

"At this time of transition, I hope you will respect our privacy. In my heart, I know that you will do so, because I trust that you understand how this is a story that I am living — not a story that I am telling."

The author then shared a poem by Jack Gilbert called Failing and Flying which she claimed is "helping to carry [her] through this personal experience," and thanked fans for their "continued blessings."


The couple were played by Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem in Eat, Pray, Love

The beginning of the couple's relationship was brought to Hollywood in the film adaptation of Eat, Pray, Love, with Julia Roberts starring as Elizabeth and Javier Bardem playing 'Felipe.'

Fans of the author have been quick to lend their support, with one writing: "I want to say thank you and I want to say I'm sorry and I want to say good job at doing hard things and I wish there was one word that held all of those sentiments together, completely," while another wrote: "Thank you for the great and beautiful wingspan of your heart."

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