and British author
will divorce, Reuters reports. Lakshmi, a model, actress and cookbook author, is currently hosting the third season of Bravo's reality series
. Rushdie is best known for his controversial novel
The Satanic Verses
. The pair wed in 2004 and have no children.
Rushdie's agent, Jin Auh, released a statement saying, "Salman Rushdie has agreed to divorce his wife, Padma Lakshmi, because of her desire to end their marriage. He asks that the media respect his privacy at this difficult time."
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