A paternity test eventually revealed that Dell is the father of the model's daughter, 6-year-old Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell."I probably shouldn't have been with anybody and just taken the time I needed for myself, but I was presented with two very different, very interesting men, and you know, men do it all the time," she pointed out. I was open with the men involved, and I'm gonna own my history.
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“It was really difficult because it was embarrassing. I had just gotten out of a divorce and, by the way, I was honest with everyone involved in my life — but it was still hard.” Padma continued, “Now, I have this beautiful 6-year -old daughter, and she is the light of my life.” Forstmann stayed a part of Krishna’s life, even after it was revealed that Dell was the biological father.
Lakshmi also discussed her divorce from Salman Rushdie and her health condition, endometriosis, that led to a lack of intimacy and may have contributed to the demise of their marriage. “When you're in chronic pain, you can’t think straight. You can’t be present sometimes.” The most heart-wrenching confession in the book was that she was sexually abused by a friend of her stepfather when she was just 7 years old.
“It was horrible to write about because I spent so much of my life not wanting people to focus on my personal life…
I didn’t want any other young girl to go through what I went through and I don’t want young girls to think it’s their fault.” Padma revealed that once she is done with her book tour she will film the new season of “Top Chef.” Afterward, she’s looking forward to some down time with Krishna.
“It is about family, it is about food, it is a food memoir…
also about some difficult things.” One of those difficult things was getting pregnant with daughter Krishna while dating two men, billionaire Teddy Forstmann and venture capitalist Adam Dell. When men do it, they call it being a playboy when women do it they call it something else…
Lakshmi said she initially didn't know who the father of her baby was when she became pregnant in 2009.
"It probably wasn't the best choice, but it was the choice I made at the time," Lakshmi said about playing the field. I was still really hurting from my divorce." Lakshmi has dated venture capitalist Adam Dell -- the brother of computer mogul Michael Dell -- and the late Teddy Forstmann, who was the Chairman and CEO of IMG.
Adam Dell Adam, 46, is an Austin-based venture capitalist who works for Austin Ventures.