Whatever Happened to Mr. Liz Gilbert?

Eat, Pray, Love author's ex-hubby can't be having a good week
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2010 9:21 AM CDT
Whatever Happened to Mr. Liz Gilbert?
Author Elizabeth Gilbert attends the the world premiere of 'Eat, Pray, Love' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

How does it feel to be one of the world’s most famous ex-husbands, watching your wife (as portrayed on screen by Julia Roberts!) rocket to fame, fortune, and Oprah’s book club with the success of her book all about your divorce? In the case of Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert’s ex, Michael Cooper, it apparently feels just fine. Friends say he is doing well, and that he’s remarried (to a Canadian diplomat, no less) with two sons and a law career at Georgetown.

When approached by the Daily Beast, Cooper “didn’t launch into a tirade about the throngs that were cheering for the woman who temporarily destroyed his life,” writes Danielle Friedman (he returned her call but declined to comment). He showed the same “reticence, or perhaps classiness” when his own book deal fell through: He wanted to talk about human rights work; the publisher wanted him to take it in a racier direction, which Cooper found “tasteless,” a source says. Perhaps Gilbert’s own dedication from her first book sums it up best: “To Michael Cooper—for playing it cool.”
(Read more Eat, Pray, Love stories.)

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