Top Chef host and model, Padma Lakshmi, has a four year old daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell, with whom she shares with her ex-boyfriend Adam Dell. However, bearing her child wasn’t an easy task, as she had been diagnosed in 2006 with endometriosis, a uterine disorder. Now a speaker for the MIT Center for Gynepathology Research, she speaks of her difficulties:
‘I went through five surgeries and a very painful divorce, and I was alone. And in the process of all these tests, I was told that I probably wouldn’t be able to have children. I just got so mad… I was angry because I did have access to great healthcare. I was fortunate; I wasn’t living in a remote area of the world—[I was in] New York, LA, London. And like many women of my generation, you don’t investigate your fertility, then you don’t know until it’s too late. I thought, How could I have gone through my life and not known about it? I thought other women should know about it.’
Lakshmi and Dell did not have an amicable parting- to the degree that Dell sued Lakshmi because she refused to put his name on the birth certificate and even told him that she hoped her then boyfriend, the late Teddy Forstmann was Krishna’s biological father. Yikes. Forstmann, who passed away in 2011 due to complications with brain cancer, left Krishna with a trust fund, despite the lack of official paternity. He was a billionaire who had once dated Princess Diana. Incidentally, Lakshmi was also once married to Salman Rushdie - author of The Satanic Verses.
The good news is that she has a healthy and beautiful daughter, despite all of her difficulties. The romantical-side on the other hand… well let’s just hope she’s getting a handle on all of that.
Season 12 of Top Chef Boston premieres this fall. I feel like the Voltaggio season was the peak for this show… and BTW… I love Michael Voltaggio AND his restaurant ink. in LA.
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