Who is Salman Rushdie’s wife? Inside his four marriages

Indian-British-American novelist Salman Rushdie is in critical condition after being stabbed multiple times in New York state.

The 75-year-old was speaking at an event at the Chautauqua Institution when a man ran onto the stage and attacked him, reports the BBC.

He underwent immediate surgery and was on a ventilator and it is now feared he could lose an eye following the devastating attack.

As of this writing, no fees have been charged. However, police arrested a 24-year-old suspect from New Jersey.

As people flood social media with prayers and well wishes, let’s get to know the author a little better. Who is his wife?

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Salman Rushdie is not married in 2022

In 2022, the novelist, who writes magical realism books set in India, is not married to anyone.

He has been quietly dating a woman called Rachel Eliza Griffiths since 2019 and they have been spotted attending many events together.

In June 2019, a source told Page Six that he was dating the 43-year-old poet and artist after he was seen celebrating his birthday in London.

They also attended a number of events in New York, including the House of SpeakEasy gala and a National Arts Club film event.

In her Amazon biography, she describes herself as a “poet and photographer” who has written three series of books, including the poetry collection Mule & Pear.

She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York.

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The novelist has been married four times

Salman, who was knighted in 2007, has been married and divorced four times in his life.

His most recent, and notably most famous, wife is Indian-American actress, model and television host Padma Lakshmi.

They were married from 2004 to 2007 after meeting in 1999.

Prior to that, the 75-year-old was married to author and editor Elizabeth West from 1997 to 2004.

Salman was also married to American author Marianne Wiggins, a 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist..

They married in 1988 and remained married for five years until 1993, but she was not the Midnight’s Children authors’ first wife.

In 1969 he met literary agent Clarissa Luard at a pop concert in the UK and they married seven years later in 1976.

They divorced in 1987 but remained close friends and the novelist was by his side when she died of breast cancer in 1999.

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How many children does he have?

The author had two children with two of his ex-wives, both of whom are sons.

Zafar Rushdie, 42, is Salman’s son with his first wife Clarissa Luard. He was born in 1980, seven years before their divorce.

He is a public relations executive who founded The Green Room Agency and is married to jazz singer Natalie Rushdie in 2022.

Salman’s second son is Milan Rushdie, whom he shares with his ex-wife, Elizabeth West. Milan was born in 1999 and will be 23 in 2022.

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