Elizabeth Gilbert Mourns Death of Partner Rayya Elias

Elizabeth Gilbert – the author best known for the book Eat, Pray, Love – has shared a moving message on Instagram in memory of her partner, Rayya Ellis.

The 57-year old tragically passed away this week.

Along with the following photo of Ellis playing guitar, Gilbert wrote the following.

(We’ll just quote her word for word, in its entirety, out of respect.)

She was my love, my heart, my best friend, my teacher, my rebel, my angel, my protector, my challenger, my partner, my muse, my wizard, my surprise, my gift, my comet, my liberator, my rock star, my completely impossible non-cooperator, my otherworldly visitor, my spiritual portal, and my baby.

I loved you so much, Rayya. Thank you for letting me walk with you right to the edge of the river.

It has been the greatest honor of my life. I would tell you to rest in peace, but I know that you always found peace boring. May you rest in excitement.

I will always love you.


Gilbert went public with her relationship with Elias in September of 2016 … after Elias was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer, the latter of which is an incurable disease.

The happy and sad news came a few months after Gilbert split from her husband, Jose Nunes, whom she famously wrote about in her bestselling book, Eat Pray Love.

It was the story of a woman at a crossroads in her life, who went off in search of answers.

Each chapter was divided into sections; about food, about religion and, at last, about romance.

The memoir was turned into a hit movie that starred Julia Roberts as Gilbert.

On New Year’s Day, Gilbert posted a pictre of the couple embracing in front of a fireplace.

“Happy New Year, everyone. You made it. We made it. Blessed be. #2018,” she wrote as a caption.


In June, meanwhile, Gilbert and Elias shared a “ceremony of love,” which Gilbert explained wasn’t legally binding, but which she described as “just a private celebration of what we have long known to be true: We belong to each other.”

She added this past summer:

More difficult days are to come. It doesn’t get easier from here. Her illness is grave. But our love is strong. We will walk together as far as we can go together.

After that, it all gets turned over to God. Create beauty with every day you are given.

May Elias rest in peace.


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Vanessa Lachey could not hold back her emotion on Dancing with the Stars last night.

But the tears this competitor shed had nothing to do with the alleged feud between her and Maks Chmerkovskiy.

Instead, they had everything to do with the time Lachey nearly died.

First, a quick refresher:

Last week, multiple sources claimed Lachey and Chmerkovskiy actively hated each other, with one source telling Us Weekly there’s constant “fighting” when the cameras are off and that each half of this partnership is “miserable.”

This tabloid cites dueling stubborn personalities for the basis of these disagreements.

Neither Vanessa nor Maks have really commented on the rumor of a rivalry, but the latter did skip last Monday’s performance show, raising some major eyebrows around the Internet.

He later apologized.

“As you are all aware, I had to leave the show last week to take care of some personal issues,” Chmerkovskiy Tweeted on Wednesday, adding:

“I take full responsibility for my actions and want to apologize to my partner Vanessa.

“We are both looking forward to dancing for our fans next week!”

And dance they did on Monday evening, doing the Rumba on an episode that episode featured the celebrities’ most memorable years.

As part of the pre-taped package before they took to the live stage, Lachey explained why this has been her most memorable year:

Because she nearly died right before it started.

“I was in the hospital on bed rest and then my water broke. I was only 29 weeks,” Lachey explained to Chmerkovskiy about what transpired with her son, Phoenix.

Husband Nick Lachey, who is also a contestant on Season 25, was featured in the video as well.

“I’ll never forget. She called me in a panic: ‘They’re taking me in for an emergency surgery. Get here as quick as you can,’” he said.

Vanessa remembers every detail of the harrowing experience.

“I was on the operating bed and I looked up and I didn’t know a single face and I remembered thinking I hope the baby’s okay and don’t worry about me. Just make him okay,” Lachey said, crying at this point.

She then went out and danced to a track sang by her husband.

“This song got us through some really tough times and helped us bond even closer as a family,” Vanessa explained.

Watch Vanessa and Maks crush their Rumba!!!!!!!!!!

Did the supposed feud between herself and Chmerkovskiy affect the routine?

Or the raw emotion of the moment?

Not really, as the tandem earned 24 points out of a possible 30.

On a related note, we send the very best to Vanessa, Nick and their kids.

What a scary experience for everyone involved. We’re just glad Lachey is doing okay these days.