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Padma Lakshmi: I didn't know who was the father of my baby

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/08/2016 

Padma Lakshmi admits there was a period of time when she didn't know whom the biological father of her child was.

The 45-year-old Top Chef host revealed some personal details while promoting her new memoir Love, Loss and What We Ate during a Tuesday interview with the Today show.

Lakshmi once questioned the paternity of her little girl Krishna, now six-years-old, because she dated two men at once following her 2007 divorce from Salman Rushdie.

"It probably wasn't the best choice, but it was the choice that I made at the time. I didn't want to be in a serious relationship," Lakshmi admitted.

"I was still really hurting from my divorce. 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. Men do it all the time. I chose to do it, and I was open with the men involved. I'm going to own my history."

The two men Lakshmi was juggling were late billionaire Teddy Forstmann and Adam Dell, a venture capitalist who is the brother of billionaire and Dell Computer founder Michael Dell.

Although Dell turned out to be Krishna's biological father, Forstmann was reportedly still very supportive and even named Lakshmi's daughter in his will. He left part of his fortune to Krishna before he passed away in November 2011 at age 71.  

Lakshmi reportedly dedicated her memoir to Forstmann, writing in the book that he was never going to leave her side or let her feel alone regardless of whether they stayed romantically involved.

Also in her interview with Today, Lakshmi opened up about her struggle with endometriosis, which impacted her fertility.

"From the time I was 13 until the time I was diagnosed, I missed 25 percent of my life. So I'm sitting here and I've lost six years of my life to this illness," she explained. "It's very debilitating. It starts in adolescence, when it's such a tender time to begin with, and no one wants to talk about it."

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