Padma Lakshmi is a model, actress, author and television host. She wrote her first cookbook, Easy Exotic, in 1999, for which she won her the “Best First Book” award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She is the host of Bravo”s Emmy award winning Top Chef. She was born as Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidynathan, in India and grew up in America. She began her career as a fashion model, working in Europe and the US. She was married to Salman Rushdie from 2004 to 2007.
Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidynathan Personal Details
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Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidynathan
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1 September 1970
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She lives in a classy and elegant Salman Rushdie (2000-2007) – Padma and novelist Salman Rushdie met at the Central Park in 2000 for their first date and ended up getting in bed afterward. When they started dating, Salman was officially a married man. However, he had assured Padma that he and his wife Elizabeth West had separated a long time ago. He eventually divorced West and moved in with Lakshmi. After living together for three years, they got married in April 2004. He even dedicated his novel Fury to her. However, after the blissful initial years, problems started cropping up as she began finding success on her own. Plus, the symptoms of her severe endometriosis had worsened, leaving her in acute pain, which affected their intimacy in marriage. Rushdie was particularly irked by the lack of s*x and even went on to call her a bad investment. The filed for divorce in July 2007.
Adam Dell (2007-2009) – Shortly after filing for divorce, Padma started going out with venture capitalist Adam Dell, who is the brother of the founder of Dell computers; Michael Dell. They had been reportedly introduced by mutual friends. Their relationship, which came to an end in the early months of 2009, was largely uneventful. However, it did become interesting afterward as she found out that she was pregnant and wasnâ€™t sure who the father was as she was also dating Theodore Forstmann. She eventually found out that Adam was the father of her daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell, who was born in February 2010. Initially, they had a bit of a wrangle over Krishnaâ€™s visitation and custody rights, but they managed to reach an agreement. They got back together for a brief period in the summer of 2009.
Nur Khan (2008) – Padma Lakshmi was reportedly going out with Nur Khan, who owned a couple of popular nightclubs and hotels in New York City, in 2008. They were spotted together on a couple of occasions but their affair didnâ€™t last long.
Ted Forstmann (2009-2011) – The timeline of her relationship with billionaire investor Ted Forstmann, who passed away in 2011 of brain cancer, is a bit sketchy. Some sources claim that they started dating in 2009 after the end of her relationship with Adam Dell, while others contend that they had started dating far earlier. When she gave birth to Krishna, Ted had believed that the child was his and was heartbroken when the paternity test revealed otherwise. He eventually overcame his angst and insisted that she be raised as his daughter. When he passed away, he left trust funds worth millions of dollars in Krishnaâ€™s name.
David Spade (2010) – Padma was reportedly linked with comedian and actor David Spade in 2010 after they were spotted on a dinner date at Koi in Los Angeles.
Vikram Chatwal (2012-2013) – Lakshmi started going out with hotelier Vikram Chatwal towards the end of 2012. They were first spotted together at a basketball match between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. She even took him as her date to the annual Blossom Ball benefiting the Endometriosis Foundation of America. They were later spotted celebrating Christmas Eve and New Year together. However, their relationship came to an end by the following year.
Carey Lowell, to whom he was married for 11 years, Richard had found love with her. However, about six months later, they were heading in different directions. It was reported that they were just having fun.
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Model, Actress, Author, TV host
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Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidynathan Family Details
Has a younger half-brother and half-sister on her father”s side.
Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell (Daughter) (Born: February 20, 2010)
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Graduated from Workman High School in California. Graduated from Clark University with a Bachelors degree in Theater Arts and American Literature.Graduated from Workman High School in California. Graduated from Clark University with a Bachelors degree in Theater Arts and American Literature.
*She is fluent in five languages. *Her parents separated when she was two years old, and both parents later remarried. *One of People magazine”s 100 Most Beautiful People in the World (2007). *She was placed #87 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list. *At age 14, she was in an car accident, which left visible scars on her right arm.
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