Salman Rushdie’s Marriages and Divorces: A Look at His Love Life
Salman Rushdie has been married Elizabeth West, Marianne Wiggins and Clarissa Luard with supermodel Padma Lakshmi.
Well-known author and Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie has been in the news for his writings, but his personal life has also made headlines for his marriages. Rushdie has been married four times – to Clarissa Luard, Marianne Wiggins, Elizabeth West and supermodel Padma Lakshmi – and his marriages and divorces have been the subject of much discussion.
First Marriage: Salman Rushdie First Wife Clarissa Luard
Rushdie’s first marriage was to Clarissa Luard in 1976. They met in 1969 at a concert and had a son named Zafar. After reports of a rift between them, the two got divorced in 1987. Clarissa passed away in 1999 after battling cancer.
Second Marriage: Salman Rushdie Second Wife Marianne Wiggins
Rushdie’s second marriage was to American novelist Marianne Wiggins in 1988. During this time, Rushdie was embroiled in a controversy due to his book and had to hide with Wiggins for many years. The two parted ways in 1993 and Wiggins won the Heidinger Kafka Prize for her novel.
Third Marriage: Salman Rushdie Third Wife Elizabeth West
Rushdie’s third marriage was to writer Elizabeth West in 1997. The two had a son named Milan Rushdie and jointly authored a book called Mirrorwork – 50 Years of Indian Writing 1947-1997. After seven years of marriage, they decided to separate and divorced in 2004.
Fourth Marriage: Salman Rushdie fourth wife Padma Laxmi
Rushdie’s fourth and most talked-about marriage was to supermodel Padma Lakshmi. The two got married shortly after Rushdie’s divorce from Elizabeth West. Lakshmi’s photos and love life with Rushdie became the talk of the world, and her career skyrocketed after writing a low-fat cookbook. Rushdie and Lakshmi divorced in 2007, just three years after getting married.