Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert announces lesbian relationship

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Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, who split from her husband of nine years in July, says she's in love with her best friend.

Elizabeth announced her relationship with Rayya Elias, who was recently diagnosed with incurable pancreatic and liver cancer.

Elizabeth Gilbert

The author wrote in a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday the terminal diagnosis uncovered her true feelings for her longtime friend, and those feelings led to her divorce from Jose Nunes, whom she described falling for at the end of her best-selling memoir.

The posting was confirmed by Elizabeth's publicist at Riverhead Books, Jynne Martin.

Elizabeth says she is making her relationship with Rayya public because such "truth and transparency" make her life easier and more ethical.

She asked her readers for their love.