Elizabeth Gilbert wants you to know that it’s okay to love who you love.
The best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love has announced her new relationship with British photographer Simon MacArthur, just over a year since the death of her partner Rayya Elias from cancer.
Elizabeth introduced her followers to Simon on Instagram, writing that a beautiful spring day – “bursting with a sense of rebirth and renewal” – seemed as good as any for sharing her news.
“I am in love,” she wrote.
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Elizabeth described Simon as a “beautiful man who has been a friend of mine for years”, but touchingly, he was also a close friend of Rayya.
“Simon was a beloved friend of Rayya’s for decades. They lived together in London over 30 years ago, and they adored each other forever like siblings. This, as you can imagine, means the world to me,” she wrote.
“Of late, Simon and I have found our way to each other’s arms. And now here we are, and his heart has been such a warm place for me to land.”
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Elizabeth wrote that she felt compelled to share because she felt it could help someone else feel more normal about their life.