Sad news for bestselling Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert of Frenchtown: she announced on Facebook Friday that she has separated from her long-time husband, Jose Nunes, who she met at the end of the book (and movie version, where they were played by Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem). The author, who lives in Frenchtown, New Jersey, 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.” Her relationship with Nunes was also the subject of her 2010 book Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage.
Gilbert’s Facebook post went on to say, “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.”
But before you get too bummed out about their breakup, check out Gilbert’s Instagram account. As she wrote in a comment to a fan on Facebook, “The best gift you can give to the people around you is the example of your own joy.” We have a feeling she’s going to come out of this split with wisdom and plenty of love for herself and the world judging by her recent photos, especially her temporary tattoo with the word “happy” at its center.