"It's strange, given that I've been married four times, but I actually don't think marriage is necessary," the Telegraph quoted him, as saying in the interview to writer Kathy Lette. "Girls like it, especially if they've never been married before - it's the dress. Girls want a wedding, they don't want a marriage. If only you could have weddings without marriages."
In the interview, the 'Satanic Verses' author also revealed that he and Lakshmi went for marriage counselling to save their relationship. However, it didn't work out.