Salman Rushdie Issues A Decree: Padma Lakshmi Is Hereby Divorced
By Claudia Parsons
NEW YORK (Reuters) - British author Salman Rushdie and his wife Padma Lakshmi, host of TV show "Top Chef," are getting divorced, his spokeswoman said on Monday, just two weeks after he was awarded a controversial knighthood.
Rushdie, 60, is best known for his novel "The Satanic Verses," which outraged many Muslims and sparked death threats that forced him to live in hiding for nine years.
He married Lakshmi, a former model born in 1970 in India, in 2004. She was his fourth wife and the couple had no children.
"Salman Rushdie has agreed to divorce his wife, Padma Lakshmi, because of her desire to end their marriage," spokeswoman Jin Auh said in a statement on his behalf.
Salman Rushdie is newly knighted and on the prowl. When someone says ‘Salman Rushdie’ the first thought is the fatwa against Satanic Verses. After that, the next thought is young, hot wife. He’s still a relatively young man and Padma is pushing 40. It is said that Padma Lakshmi was the one bucking for the divorce. We may never know the rationale behind the divorce, but if history is our guide, it was probably something that Sir Salman did. He’ll land on his feet. He’s got a little change in his pocket and chicks really go for the whole knight thing. Maybe he can start hanging out with Scott Baio.