The famous feminist author of the 2006 bestselling book Eat Pray Love is in the midst of a divorce with the man she fell in love with in Bali and left her first husband for, as described in her memoir.
Elizabeth Gilbert, the 47-year-old romantic who had all of us twenty-something females starry-eyed for months with her memoir of free-spirited love and passion, has revealed recently that she is separating from her husband Felipe.
“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,” Gilbert shared on Facebook. “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.”
Gilbert, a proud advocate of spiritual fulfillment through extensive travel and self-nourishment, has been experiencing her own share of boundless self-discovery. In 2007 she married her first husband, Jose Nunes, from Brazil. She and Nunes ran a business importing clothes from Asia. At the age of 32, Gilbert left her husband for Italy on a quest to find herself, moving on to India and finally to Bali, where she found love with her second husband.
Eat Pray Love was published in over 30 different languages and sold over 10 million copies around the world. By 2008, Gilbert was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
A film starring Julia Roberts and directed by Ryan Murphy named Eat Pray Love was released in 2010. Film critic Mark Kermode said the story felt like it was presenting something other than “just philosophy”; rather, it was telling people they “have to run around to these exotic locations” to love themselves. The story’s message, he said, was “that learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all, although I think the people who made that film loved themselves rather too much.”
Gilbert continued to describe her marriage in her second book, Committed: A Love Story. In that book, she discussed how she, a “skeptic,” had finally “made peace with marriage.” She also discussed her decision to remain childless forever.
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