'Eat Pray Love' author Elizabeth Gilbert in love with woman

Los Angeles, Sep 8 (PTI) "Eat Pray Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert says she is in love with her female best friend, Rayya

The 47-year-old popular novelist, who split from her husband, Jose Nunes, after nine years of marriage in July, shared the news of her newfound love on Facebook.

In a lengthy post Gilbert revealed that Elias terminal diagnosis uncovered her true feelings for her longtime friend.     Elias was recently diagnosed with incurable pancreatic and liver cancer.

"Something happened to my heart and mind in the days and weeks following Rayya's diagnosis. 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," she wrote.

Gilbert went on writing and asked readers for their love, "I'm walking through this cancer journey with her, not only as
her friend, but as her partner... Whatever extra love you might be carrying around in your hearts right now, could you
direct some this way."