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Originally posted 01/26/2011 08:05PM
Tensions between Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi and Adam Dell, the father of her 11-month-old daughter Krishna Thea, are reaching a boiling point.
A friend of Lakshmi tells PEOPLE the reality host is "devastated" that Dell made their custody battle public by filing court papers in Manhattan requesting more time with Krishna.
"She said 'I'm living in a nightmare,' " the friend says. "She's a single working mother who is trying very hard to have a peaceful and calm environment for her daughter. The recent events are making it difficult."
Originally posted 01/26/2011 01:05PM
Custody drama is back on the front burner for Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi.
Adam Dell, the father of Lakshmi's 11-month-old daughter Krishna Thea, having long been unhappy with the custody arrangement hammered out last spring, has now filed court papers in Manhattan seeking more time with Krishna.
"Adam wanted to avoid going to court, but it was so frustrating trying to find a co-parenting agreement [that] he had to take this action," a source close to Dell tells PEOPLE. "He's seeking sole custody of his daughter – but he's hoping for a shared custody agreement." The source adds that in New York, courts are not authorized to grant joint custody, which is why Dell has filed for sole custody.
Originally posted 08/31/2010 11:35AM
Walking into her living room, where her parents were watching Sunday's Emmy Awards, Jane Lipsitz asked before the announcement for outstanding reality competition program, "Did we lose yet?"
Anything but. Lipsitz, who was working in New York on the Justin Bieber 3-D concert film, watched as her Magical Elves production company's Top Chef defeated the long-dominant (and seven-time winner) Amazing Race.
"Everyone just went nuts," says Lipsitz. "My phone, my Blackberry, it was all going crazy. Then [coproducer] Dan [Cutforth] calls me from backstage and says, 'I can't believe you're not here!' "
Originally posted 03/29/2010 01:30PM
Since Adam Dell was revealed as the biological father of Padma Lakshmi's baby daughter Krishna earlier this month, the venture capitalist has been trying to "get back into [Lakshmi's] life," says a friend.
But the Top Chef host, who gave birth on Feb. 20, is not open to the idea.
"Her relationship with Dell was nothing more than an on-again, off-again fling. She moved on months ago," the source says. "The only role he will have in her life going forward is as the biological father of her child. She wants nothing more to do with him."
Originally posted 03/18/2010 04:50PM
The identity of the man who fathered Padma Lakshmi's daughter, Krishna, has been revealed, but the Top Chef host isn't ready to open up about Adam Dell.
"I have a newborn!" Lakshmi tells PEOPLE. "I just want some peace and privacy."
Since she announced she was pregnant in October, Lakshmi has remained mum about the identity of Krishna's dad, but a source close to her admits it is indeed Dell, a venture capitalist.
"They had an on-and-off minimal relationship that ended many, many months ago," says the source.
Originally posted 03/18/2010 11:30AM
The identity of Padma Lakshmi's daughter has finally been revealed: Adam Dell, a venture capitalist who splits his time between Austin and New York City, fathered baby Krishna, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
Though the Top Chef host announced her pregnancy in October, she was mum about the father's identity.
According to the source, Lakshmi, 39, and Dell, 40, are trying to work out visitation rights with their daughter, who will be a month old March 20. Dell would like "more time and involvement with the child," says the source. "It's all in negotiations. They are trying to work it out. They are trying to avoid anything messy."
Lakshmi, meanwhile, has been spotted recently with Krishna. On March 11, the two were photographed together on a New York City bench.
The baby's father was first reported by the New York Post.
Originally posted 03/12/2010 06:00PM
Meet baby Krishna!
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi just gave birth to her daughter on Feb. 20 – and already mother and daughter are hitting the town. On Thursday, the two were photographed on a New York bench. Next stop, Le Bernardin?
Lakshmi, 39, has not identified her 3-week-old daughter's father. But a friend of the TV host told PEOPLE just before Krishna's birth that Lakshmi was ready for motherhood. "Padma is very happy. She's wanted to be a mom for a long time. She was very relieved and happy when she got pregnant."
Originally posted 02/22/2010 09:15AM
Padma Lakshmi is now the happy mother of a daughter.
"Model, author and Emmy-nominated host of Top Chef Padma Lakshmi gave birth to a baby girl named Krishna Thea Lakshmi on Saturday," her rep tells PEOPLE. "Mother and baby are well and happy."
Last month, Lakshmi dropped hints about her daughter's name, saying, "I am going to name the child an Indian name. It will be after someone in my family, so don't expect to see an Anglicized name – it will be a classically Indian Sanskrit name."
Originally posted 01/14/2010 03:20PM
Padma Lakshmi is keeping a lot about her pregnancy secret, but she's revealing that the baby, due this spring, will hold to at least one tradition.
"I am going to name the child an Indian name – I'm Indian," the Top Chef host, 39, said Tuesday at Vermilion restaurant in New York City, at a dinner celebrating Indian women in the culinary arts.
Without divulging the baby's gender, Lakshmi says she has in mind "not a fancy name, but a name that is close to my family. It will be after someone in my family."
Originally posted 12/17/2009 02:00PM
It can't be easy to choose this year's top moment if you're Padma Lakshmi.
After all, 2009 was the year she earned an Emmy nod for hosting Top Chef, launched a jewelry line at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus, and, oh yeah, announced she was pregnant.
"I can pick a favorite moment very easily," the 39-year-old TV star tells PEOPLE. "I gave a keynote address at MIT December 4th." The reason? To talk about her personal struggle with endometriosis – a leading cause of infertility – and help inaugurate MIT's new center to find a cure for the disease. "This year I was able to co-found the Endometriosis Foundation of America. It was a way to use something I've struggled with and turn it into something positive. This was my proudest achievement."
Of course, getting pregnant was also "a great event" but, for now, Lakshmi prefers to keep mum about any specific plans for motherhood. "I'm just a little superstitious," she says. "Everything is new about this. It's all mysterious and exciting."
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