Padma Lakshmi on Salman Rushdie: ‘I really miss him’

November 14th, 2007 - 10:28 am ICT by admin  
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Padma, who met Rushdie in 1999, admitted that she was “in pieces” after Rushdie asked her to move out of the family home following the split.

“I really miss him. I miss his counsel. I miss the sound of his voice. It was really hard to pack up and leave,” she said. “I was just in pieces, I couldn’t function,” the Daily Mail quoted her, as telling the mag.

“The only things I wanted were the gifts he gave me during the marriage and some artwork - and this was fine. Now I am staying in a hotel with all my stuff in storage. Some days I think I am going to be OK and then I have a day where I feel exiled from my life because I had to move out,” she added.

Padma said that she was greatly hurt after Rushdie announced the split in July in a statement.

“It was filled with too much information - he didn’t need to do that. I had thought we would eventually say we wish each other well, we love each other, and we are separating amicably. I didn’t know he was going to go to [news agency] Reuters! I was shaking, I had to go to bed,” she said.

She also dismissed rumours that the couple’s marriage collapsed because of her involvement with other men, including a mystery billionaire.

“What I can say is that Salman is the greatest love of my life. We really tried to work it out. There was no ‘that’s it’ moment. It was just getting very hard. There was no third party. I wasn’t mean to his kids,” she said.

Padma also owned up to becoming less portable and spending less and less time with Rushdie.

“I was becoming less portable. We had two homes and Salman would go back and forth between London and New York. Our schedules got so crazy - he has a very big life too,” she said.

She confessed that she finally broke the sad news to her husband by email.

“I sat down and wrote him a long love letter by email and said: ‘I am writing to you as a woman who has loved you and stood next to you for eight years. And I am asking you to do the unexpected with me, to take my hand and not fight about anything,’” she said. (ANI)

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