Padma Lakshmi On Ex-Husband Salman Rushdie’s Attack: I’m ‘Worried And Wordless’

Padma Lakshmi is displaying her assist for ex-husband and writer Salman Rushdie after a tragic occasion final week.

The “Top Chef” star tweeted Sunday that she is “relieved” Rushdie is “pulling through after Friday’s nightmare” of being stabbed a number of occasions whereas onstage in New York.

“Worried and wordless, can finally exhale,” Lakshmi additionally wrote in her tweet, suggesting that the writer’s situation is enhancing. “Now hoping for swift healing.”

On Friday, a person rushed onto the stage on the Chautauqua Establishment, the place Rushdie was being launched to ship a lecture on the significance of freedom of artistic expression.

The person quickly started “punching or stabbing” the writer, based on a reporter from The Related Press who was on the scene.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) stated at a press conference that the moderator for the occasion was additionally attacked.

On Saturday, Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie, stated the writer’s situation was enhancing. He had been faraway from a ventilator and was capable of discuss. Wylie had beforehand stated that Rushdie, 75, suffered a broken liver and severed nerves in an arm. He additionally famous that Rushdie was more likely to lose a watch.

Iran’s political regime has lengthy focused Rushdie for his 1988 e-book “The Satanic Verses.” Former Iranian chief Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or spiritual edict, that known as for Rushdie to be put to demise for writing a supposedly blasphemous e-book.

Rushdie was pressured into hiding for almost a decade after the e-book’s publication.

Padma Lakshmi and Salman Rushdie on the 2004 Cannes Movie Competition.

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Lakshmi met Rushdie at a celebration in New York in 1999 when he was married and he or she was an aspiring mannequin and actor, based on a New York Occasions overview of Lakshmi’s 2016 memoir, “Love, Loss and What We Ate.”

Lakshmi turned Rushdie’s fourth spouse in 2004. The writer described the top of their marriage in 2007 as “a colossal calamity” to The Observer in 2008, saying that Lakshmi had requested for a divorce whereas he was attempting to complete his novel “The Enchantress of Florence.”

Rushdie advised the outlet that Lakshmi’s “nuclear bomb” of a request shook him a lot that he feared that as a consequence of his “state of turmoil that I couldn’t work.”

“I got scared because I thought, ‘If I lose this, I’ve lost everything,’” he advised the outlet on the time. “Genuinely, I think it was the biggest act of will that I’ve ever been asked to make, including after the fatwa, just to pull my head back together.”

In the meantime, Lakshmi stated in her memoir that Rushdie had as soon as known as her “a bad investment” as a consequence of her endometriosis, a painful uterine dysfunction. Lakshmi had in depth surgical procedure because of the situation, which she stated affected the couple’s intercourse life and contributed to their break up.