Padma Lakshmi says Salman Rushdie was sexually demanding


Indian-American model, actress and television personality Padma Lakshmi has come out with an autobiography in which she has revealed intimate details of her failed marriage with celebrated author Salman Rushdie.

The Chennai-born supermodel, who is one of the judges of American reality show ‘Top Chef’, in her memoir ‘Love, Loss and What We Ate’ said that Rushdie was cold and heartless during their marriage.

Padma who is 23 years younger to the Booker Prize-winning author, wrote that during her married days, she would often refrain from physical intimacy owing to a medical condition endometriosis, which made intercourse painful for her. To this Rushdie would reply, “How convenient,” nydailynews quoted the 45-year-old as writing in her autobiography.

She claimed that the ‘Midnight’s Children’ author was insensitive and labelled her as “bad investment.” She also mentioned that when she returned home from a critical surgery, Rushdie left for a trip and before leaving said, "The show must go on, after all."

The book also says that Rushdie demanded constant attention. Padma wrote that each year when the Nobel Prize went to another writer, Rushdie took it very hard and required consolation.

Padma and Rushdie got married in 2004 after living together for five years and divorced in 2007. Padma was the author’s fourth wife. After their divorce, Padma got involved with billionaire Ted Forstmann, former CEO of sports and artist management company IMG, who died in 2011 aged 71.

Padma has a six-year-old daughter Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell with computer mogul Adam Dell.

‘Love, Loss and What We Ate’ is slated to hit the stands on the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8. In India, it will release on April 15.

Padma had previously authored books like ‘Easy Exotic and Tangy’ and ‘Tart, Hot and Sweet’.


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