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

Padma Lakshmi is displaying her help for ex-husband and creator 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 instances whereas onstage in New York.

“Worried and wordless, can finally exhale,” Lakshmi additionally wrote in her tweet, suggesting that the creator’s situation is bettering. “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 creator, in accordance with 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 creator’s situation was bettering. He had been faraway from a ventilator and was in a position to 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 guide “The Satanic Verses.” Former Iranian chief Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or spiritual edict, that known as for Rushdie to be put to loss of life for writing a supposedly blasphemous guide.

Rushdie was pressured into hiding for almost a decade after the guide’s publication.

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

Toni Anne Barson Archive through Getty Photographs

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, in accordance with a New York Occasions overview of Lakshmi’s 2016 memoir, “Love, Loss and What We Ate.”

Lakshmi grew to become Rushdie’s fourth spouse in 2004. The creator 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 making an attempt 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 attributable to 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” attributable to her endometriosis, a painful uterine dysfunction. Lakshmi had intensive surgical procedure because of the situation, which she stated affected the couple’s intercourse life and contributed to their cut up.