Woah, talk about drumming up some press for her book…
I do like Padma Lakshmi, but I hate what snippets these celebs have to “reveal” to garner attention for their book tours. This one, in particular. Basically, she was told by her doctor she would never conceive “the old fashioned way.” So when she discovered she was pregnant in 2009, the news, she says, “sent a shock through my body…” because she didn’t know who the father was.
In her new memoir Love, Loss and What We Ate, Lakshmi reveals how soon after she got the news, “a question began to nag at my giddiness: not so much ‘How?’ but the far more uncomfortable ‘Who?’ ”
But the truth, she writes, “was that I didn’t know the paternity myself, until that September.”
Apparently, Lakshmi was dating IMG CEO and billionaire Teddy Forstmann and Adam Dell (the brother of Dell computer founder Michael Dell) at the same time. She says she was up front with both men, telling them she was dating other people. She broke it off with Dell but they kinda fell back together for a brief stint in June. People reports:
When she told Forstmann the news, he reacted with anger. “I saw his face go white, then beet red,” she writes. “It was as if the room could not contain him, or as if his body could not contain his fury at the information he had just received.”
After he took a paternity test that revealed he was not the father, Forstmann, “implored me to keep the results between us,” she writes, offering to raise the child as his own, but she could not agree.
Then, at a time when Lakshmi expected him to leave her, he accompanied her to her sonogram and said, pointing to the screen: “This is all we need to think about. This is all that matters.”
Looking back, Lakshmi says, “The fact that it was public was excruciating because it’s a very private matter but that was nothing compared to how I had hurt Teddy.”
Lakshmi dedicates her memoir to him and says the fact he stood by her, “was a great example of Teddy’s character.”
Agreed- the thing sounds a little dramatic. I wonder how Dell is involved in this kid’s life, if at all? Maybe it’s answered in the book.
Does this blurb make you want to read her memoir?