'Eat Pray Love' author Elizabeth Gilbert reveals separation from husband

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Elizabeth Gilbert has revealed that she and husband Jose Nunes are separating. The author, who detailed how she fell in love with Nunes in Eat Pray Love, announced the news on her Facebook page Friday morning.

"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," wrote Gilbert. "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."

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MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 19: Elizabeth Gilbert backstage before speaking and reading from her new book 'Big Magic' presented by Books and Books at the James L Knight Concert Hall at Adrienne Arsht Center on October 19, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 19: Elizabeth Gilbert speaks and reads from her new book 'Big Magic' presented by Books and Books at the James L Knight Concert Hall at Adrienne Arsht Center on October 19, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/WireImage)
SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 08: Author Elizabeth Gilbert speaks on stage during 'Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend' at KeyArena on November 8, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 09: Author Elizabeth Gilbert discusses and signs copies of her book 'The Signature of all Things' presented by Books and Books at Miami Dade College on October 9, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Vallery Jean/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - August 15: Author Elizabeth Gilbert speaks about life after Eat, Pray, Love, the book which brought her fame and fortune. Gilbert was in Toronto, August 15, 2013. (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Author Elizabeth Gilbert attends Broadway's 'Grace' Talkback Discussion at Cort Theatre on October 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
LONDON-September 22: Author Elizabeth Gilbert attends the 'Eat Pray Love' Premiere at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square on September 22, 2010 in London. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Author Elizabeth Gilbert attends the 'Eat, Pray, Love' UK premiere at the Empire Leicester Square on September 22, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Writer Elizabeth Gilbert attends the premiere of 'Eat Pray Love' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on August 10, 2010 in New York City.
Author Elizabeth Gilbert, Elizabeth Cantillon, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment Amy Pascal, producer Dede Gardner and director Ryan Murphy attend the after party for the premiere of 'Eat Pray Love' at the Metropolitan Club on August 10, 2010 in New York City.
NEW YORK - AUGUST 10: (L-R) Writer Jennifer Salt, Director Ryan Murphy, author Elizabeth Gilbert and actor Billy Crudup attend the after party for the premiere of 'Eat Pray Love' at the Metropolitan Club on August 10, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 08: Author Elizabeth Gilbert attends the 'O, The Oprah Magazine' 10th anniversary Live Your Best Life event at the Jacob Javitz Center on May 8, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 24: Elizabeth Gilbert author of 'Eat, Pray, Love' promotes her new book 'Committed' presented by Indigo at John Basset Theatre on February 24, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
RIVERDALE, NJ - FEBRUARY 19: Elizabeth Gilbert author of 'Eat, Pray, Love' promotes her new book 'Committed' at BJ's Wholesale on February 19, 2010 in Riverdale, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NBC NEWS -- Time's 100 Most Influential People In The World 2008 Gala -- Pictured: Author Elizabeth Gilbert attends Time's '100 Most Influential People in the World' Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, NY on May 8, 2008 (Photo by Curtis Means/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Gilbert said she is sharing the news since she has been open about her personal life in the past. However, just because she has written about their relationship in her books like Eat Pray Love and Committed, that doesn't mean she's inviting the public to intrude on her privacy.

"At this time of transition, I hope you will respect our privacy," said Gilbert. "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."

Gilbert said she may be absent from social media during this time. She shared a poem called "Failing and Flying" by Jack Gilbert and said it's been carrying her through the experience.

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UBUD, BALI, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 20: Actress Julia Roberts films her new movie 'Eat, Pray, Love' at the Ubud market on October 20, 2009 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
UBUD, BALI, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 20: Actress Julia Roberts films her new movie 'Eat, Pray, Love' at the Ubud market on October 20, 2009 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Actress Julia Roberts (2nd L) walks to a waiting car after filming the 'Eat, Pray, Love' at a traditional market in Ubud on Bali island, on October 20, 2009. The film is based on Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir of the same name. AFP PHOTO / Sonny TUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Julia Roberts arrives on set for her new film in the village of Mirzapur, some 60 km from New Delhi, on September 27, 2009. Roberts arrived in India September 18, where she is shooting scenes for her forthcoming film 'Eat, Pray, Love'. AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
UBUD, BALI, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 20: Actress Julia Roberts films her new movie 'Eat, Pray, Love' at the Ubud market on October 20, 2009 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Indian villagers sit outside the set of US actress Julia Roberts' new film in the village of Mirzapur, some 60 km from New Delhi, on September 27, 2009. Roberts arrived in India September 18, where she is shooting scenes for her forthcoming film 'Eat, Pray, Love'. AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
US actress Julia Roberts shoots a scene for her new film in the village of Mirzapur, some 60 km from New Delhi, on September 27, 2009. Roberts arrived in India September 18, where she is shooting scenes for her forthcoming film 'Eat, Pray, Love'. AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
US cinema actress Julia Roberts arrives on set in the village of Mirzapur, some 60 kms from New Delhi on September 27, 2009. Roberts arrived in India September 18, where she is shooting scenes for her forthcoming film 'Eat, Pray, Love'. AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
US cinema actress Julia Roberts arrives on set in the village of Mirzapur, some 60 kms from New Delhi on September 27, 2009. Roberts arrived in India September 18, where she is shooting scenes for her forthcoming film 'Eat, Pray, Love'. AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)
ROME - AUGUST 26: Actress Julia Roberts is seen on set of 'Eat, pray, love' at Piazza Navona on August 26, 2009 in Rome, Italy. on August 26, 2009 in Rome, Italy. on August 26, 2009 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 20: Actresses Julia Roberts (L) and Viola Davis rehearse scene at the 'Eat, Pray, Love' movie set in Tribeca on August 20, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
ROME - AUGUST 26: Actress Julia Roberts is seen on set of 'Eat, pray, love' at Piazza Navona on August 26, 2009 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/FilmMagic)
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ROME - AUGUST 26: Actress Julia Roberts is seen on set of 'Eat, pray, love' at Piazza Navona on August 26, 2009 in Rome, Italy. on August 26, 2009 in Rome, Italy. on August 26, 2009 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/FilmMagic)
ROME - AUGUST 26: Actress Julia Roberts is seen on set of 'Eat, pray, love' at Piazza Navona on August 26, 2009 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 20: Actress Julia Roberts walks to the 'Eat, Pray, Love' movie set in Tribeca on August 20, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 20: Actresses Julia Roberts (L) and Viola Davis rehearse scene at the 'Eat, Pray, Love' movie set in Tribeca on August 20, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
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In Eat Pray Love, Gilbert detailed the end of her first marriage, her ensuing divorce, and her journey to Italy, India and Bali. In Bali she met Nunes, who was called Felipe in the book. Julia Roberts played Gilbert in the movie adaptation of Eat Pray Love, with Javier Bardem playing Felipe.

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