Padma Lakshmi Admits There Was a Time When She Didn't Know the Paternity of Her Daughter

"Men do it all the time," she explained on the Today show
By Francesca Bacardi Mar 08, 2016 2:50 PM

"By the way I think Salman did the best he could," she added. "There was a lot of love there. It just didn't work out."

After splitting up with her then-husband, Lakshmi was single for a while before getting into a relationship with two different men. While it was a choice that might have made some heads turn, she didn't care—and still doesn't.

"It probably wasn't the best choice, but it was the choice I made at the time," she said candidly. "I didn't want to be in a serious relationship. I was still really hurting from my divorce."

She continued, "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 men do it all the time. I chose to do it. I was open with the men involved."

Lakshmi became pregnant in 2009 and admitted in her new memoir, Love, Loss and What We Ate, that she didn't know which of the two men was the father. After DNA testing and a custody battle, her ex, Adam Dell, turned out to be the father of their daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell.

"I'm going to own my history," she said. "That's what I did."

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