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Padma Lakshmi ‘worried and speechless’ for ex-husband Salman Rushdie


Padma Lakshmi expresses her relief that ex-husband Salman Rushdie is improving after he was stabbed on stage before giving a speech on Friday August 12.

The ‘Top Chef’ host, 51, posted a heartfelt message on Twitter after learning that the author had been taken off a ventilator.

“Relieved @SalmanRushdie is doing fine after Friday’s nightmare,” she wrote on Sunday morning. “Worried and mute, can finally expire. Now let’s hope for a quick recovery.

Back to their marriage

Lakshmi and Rushdie were married from 2004 to 2007 after first meeting in 1999. It was her fourth marriage and her only.

“For us Indians, he’s like Hemingway,” Lakshmi told People magazine in 2016. I mean, he was the best thing that ever happened to me by far. The fact that someone of that stature and caliber even cared enough about me to want to take me out to lunch was pretty incredible.

Lakshmi’s undiagnosed severe endometriosis resulted in chronic pain. That’s what she says led to their divorce.

Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi.George Pimentel/Wire Image

“Endometriosis was definitely a big reason my marriage failed and I don’t think any of us understood that at the time,” she told the publication. “I think it’s also because I hid it to some degree, not intentionally but you know, it’s weird talking about your period all the time. It’s like the least sexy thing in the world to do.

“I think Salman took it personally and I think he felt rejected,” she said. “I can understand that.”

The couple have remained good friends and he even supported her by sharing intimate details of their marriage when she released her memoir in 2016.

“I said to him, ‘I just want you to know that I’m talking about the end of our marriage and I’m talking about it because I really wanted to talk about endometriosis and also that you were a big part of my life,'” Lakshmi said. “And he said, ‘You have the right to tell your side of the story as you see it.’

“I mean, listen, he’s the most famous proponent of free speech,” she added. “Besides, he’s a big boy. He can handle it.”

Luca Luca Fall 2002 Fashion Show, Bryant Park
Salman Rushdie, Padma Lakshmi at the Luca Luca Fall 2002 Fashion Show, Bryant Park.Sylvain Gaboury / FilmMagic

“His usual fiery and provocative sense of humor remains intact”

On Friday, the 75-year-old novelist was attacked and stabbed in the neck in New York. Rushdie was about to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua when a man approached him.

An Associated Press reporter who witnessed the scene in rural New York said Rushdie fell to the ground and the man was restrained.

Authorities said Rushdie was airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital. Police also confirmed the writer underwent surgery after being stabbed a dozen times.

On Sunday, Rushdie’s son, Zafar, sent a statement to NBC News about his father’s condition.

“Following Friday’s attack, my father remains in critical condition in hospital and is receiving intensive medical care,” he began. “We are extremely relieved that yesterday he was taken off the ventilator and supplemental oxygen and was able to say a few words.”

He continued: “Although his life-changing injuries are severe, his usual fiery and defiant sense of humor remains intact. We are very grateful to all members of the public who bravely jumped to his (defense) and administered first aid with the police and doctors who cared for him and for the outpouring of love and support from around the world .

Zafar Rushdie concluded his statement by asking for patience and privacy for his family.

NBC News reported that the suspect – who has been identified as Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey – has been charged with attempted second-degree murder as well as second-degree assault for injuring the show’s moderator. ‘event.

A spokesperson for the Chautauqua County District Attorney said Rushdie’s injuries include stab wounds to the neck and chest and others to the face and abdomen that punctured his eye and liver, according to NBC News.

Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt also told NBC News the suspect was being held without bail at the Chautauqua County Jail.

A lawyer for Matar pleaded not guilty on his behalf, NBC News reported.

Rushdie has been the target of death threats since the 1980s when he published his book “The Satanic Verses”. In 1989, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa – or edict – calling for the author’s death because of the novel’s content, which Iran deemed blasphemous to Islam. Thereafter, the writer and his family spent nearly a decade living underground.

According to the Associated Press, a $3.3 million bounty has been put on Rushdie’s head by an Iranian religious organization for anyone who kills him.