When her undiagnosed endometriosis diminished Lakshmi’s sex drive, the unsympathetic Rushdie became furious that she was unavailable for the fevered, urgent intimacy they'd once enjoyed, according to the book.Their May-December romance began when she was a struggling model-actress and Rushdie already a global symbol of free speech after the Muslim backlash against his 1988 novel “The Satanic Verses.” Lakshmi was 28 and single, Rushdie was 51 and married to his third wife.She was terrified that she might have squandered his love.
The brunette beauty was spotted on Friday night enjoying a romantic dinner with the author of “The Satanic Verses”.“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi recalls her years with author Salman Rushdie as a once beautiful meal that ultimately left her with mood poisoning.The troubles in her next serious relationship were all of her own making.Ted Forstmann, the billionaire CEO of the global sports and media empire IMG, had previously dated Princess Diana.She had wanted a baby for so long, but this wasn't entirely happy news.
Forstmann, who had waited out her affair with Dell, became enraged when Lakshmi told him he might not be father.
The lifelong bachelor, who had adopted two boys he met in an South African orphanage in the ‘90s, promised to support the child as his own. She writes that she was fully willing to involve him, but Dell kept his distance through much of her high-risk pregnancy. Hospital security subsequently escorted the infant to another room to visit with her father.
Forstmann was in the room for the C-section, and handed Lakshmi her baby daughter, Krishna, on Feb. Later, when Dell came to New York, Lakshmi sent Krishna to visit her father in the arms of her own mother — accompanied by a security guard. Forstmann warned Lakshmi that things would get ugly, but offered his unending support.
Lakshmi became comfortable with his friends, "literary giants" like Susan Sontag and Don De Lillo, by preparing feasts for them. "Top Chef," with master chef Tom Coliccihio, was in its second season. Newsweek then put her on the cover illustrating a story about the “New India.” "The only time Newsweek put me on their cover was when someone was trying to put a bullet in my head," came Rushdie's less-than-enthusiastic reaction.
At parties, people would breathlessly ask what it was like to live with a man so brilliant. Each year when the Nobel Prize went to another writer, Rushdie took it hard. Then came her medical condition, which took too long to properly diagnose.
Life with Forstmann was definitely an upgrade for Lakshmi.