Together again: Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi attend Christopher Hitchens memorial together
14:55 GMT, 21 April 2012
They may have divorced five years ago, but it appears Salman Rushdie and his ex-wife Padma Lakshmi are still on good terms.
The British novelist, 64, and Indian TV presenter, 41, were seen leaving the memorial of late journalist Christopher Hitchens together in New York yesterday.
The Top Chef host looked chic in a monochrome trouser suit and orange blouse as she headed into a waiting car outside Manhattan's Cooper Union School.
Still on good terms: TV presenter Padma Lakshmi and her ex-husband, author Salman Rushdie leave Christopher Hitchens' memorial service in New York yesterday
Writing on her Twitter, the mother-of-one said: 'Memorial for Christopher Hitchens today very sad, great to rehear his words from the people who loved him.'
Also in attendance was actors Sean Penn and Stephen Fry and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.
The 90-minute memorial to the British author and essayist, who lost his battle with cancer last December aged 62, features poems and tributes from some of his friends and colleagues from across the years.
Remembering Christopher: As members of the New York literary social scene, both Rushdie and Lakshmi were good friends of the late author
Travelling in style: The famous exes climbed into a waiting black Mercedes after the service
During the service, author Martin Amis delivered the eulogy, while Vanity Fair magazine put together a video compilation of Hitchens.
Fry also spoke at the funeral and admitted his nerves ahead of his speech.
He tweeted: 'Many gathered here to say goodbye to the Hitch. Sitting behind Sean Penn which makes me a little nervous. I speak 23rd. Helluva line-up …'
Stylish: The mother-of-one wore a monochrome trouser suit for the event
Friends in high places: Also at the memorial was Hollywood star Sean Penn
Remembrance: Christopher Hitchens died in December 2011
Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi split after three years of marriage – and a eight year relationship – in July 2007.
At the time, Rushdie made it clear it was the Lakshmi who was the one who wanted to end their romance.
His spokeswoman said in a statement at the time: '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.'
Lakshmi added in her own statement at the time: 'After an 8 year relationship including over 3 years of marriage, Lakshmi regrets that their mutual efforts failed to make the marriage work.'
In October 2009, the author's ex Pia Glenn claimed he was still hung-up over Lakshmi.
The actress told the New York Post's
PageSix.com: 'He would talk about Padma day and night. He felt hurt and
betrayed by her. He would talk about her so much I'd ask him to stop.'
March, Lakhsmi reached settled a custody dispute over her two-year-old
daughter Krishna with the little girl's father Adam Dell.
As part of the agreement, Krishna's full name was altered to include her father's surname Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell.
In memoriam: Stephen Fry (left) spoke, while Jason Sudeikis also attended
New York's finest: Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour attended with partner Shelby Bryan