Padma Lakshmi, seen above looking all pregnant seven years ago, is currently hustling her new memoir, Love, Loss and What We Ate. We already know that Padma’s book contains a garden center’s worth of dirt about her messy relationship with her ex-husband Salman Rushdie. And now we know that she also gets into the “Who’s The Daddy?” drama surrounding her pregnancy.
In case you need a refresher regarding Padma’s baby situation, here it is. Back in 2009, Padma got knocked-up and wouldn’t say who did it. Everybody started guessing whose sperm was responsible for her baby. Some people thought it was her Top Chef co-star Tom Colicchio, while others guessed it was either billionaire Teddy Forstmann or Adam Dell. The guessing game continued after Padma’s daughter, Krishna, was born in February 2010, and it wasn’t until a month later that it was finally revealed whose dick did it (it was Adam Dell).
As it turns out, Padma wasn’t exactly keeping the identity of her baby’s father a secret on purpose for all those months. Padma recently told Jess Cagle of People that she was just as clueless as the rest of us, because she had no idea who knocked her up. Padma has admitted before that she has severe endometriosis, and explains that she never thought she could get pregnant “the old fashioned way.” Padma was regularly doing two dudes at the time she got pregnant (Teddy and Adam), so when she found out she was pregnant, her excitement quickly turned to thoughts of Maury.
Padma says she didn’t end up finding out who her baby’s father was until September 2010, which means there were seven months where Teddy and Adam were staring at Krishna and wondering if they shared DNA. Speaking of Maury, Padma says it got dramatic when she asked Boyfriend #1, Teddy, to take a paternity test. According to Padma, Teddy was pissed.
“I saw his face go white, then beet red. 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.”
Eventually Teddy got the news that he was NOT the father, but he offered to raise Krishna anyway on the condition that she keep it on the down-low that he’s not her real daddy. Padma declined his offer. Teddy died a year later. For those of you screaming “Are you crazy?? Teddy was a billionaire!” at Padma, don’t worry – Daddy Adam has money too (his brother Michael is the founder of Dell computers). Padma is truly an inspiration to aspiring gold-diggers everywhere. Imagine getting knocked up and not knowing which billionaire you’re fucking did it? We should all be so lucky.
Here’s Padma leaving her apartment yesterday.