After five years of dating, the couple got married in 2004.Rushdie dedicated his novel to Padma, but they had a bitter fall-out and got divorced in 2007.
Lakshmi has confessed about how every time he’d lose the Nobel Prize for Literature, she would be subjected to Salman’s excessive urges for sex.
However, her love life has been deeply impacted by her troubling married life with Booker Prize-winner Salman Rushdie.
Padma Lakshmi was essentially an Indian-born model living in America and had reportedly met award-winning author Salman Rushdie, also an Indian-born, in 1999.
He was appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France in January 1999. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
In 2012, he published Joseph Anton: A Memoir, an account of his life in the wake of the controversy over The Satanic Verses.