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    Padma Lakshmi Explained Why She Felt That The Speculation Around Her Baby's Father Was "Mortifying"

    "That stuff was certainly there."

    Back in 2010, Padma Lakshmi gave birth to her daughter, Krishna Thea, who she welcomed into the world with Adam Dell.

    Lakshmi poses for a picture at a step-and-repeat

    At the time, Padma didn't publicly reveal the baby's other parent, which caused a flurry of media speculation — and in a recent interview with People, the Top Chef host opened up about how that made her feel.

    "I was sort of between relationships, without going into the specifics," Padma explained about what was going on in her life at that time. "It definitely complicated the situation, and as we know, our society is a patriarchal society, so I knew that it was not the ideal way, obviously, to be in the situation I was in,"

    While she described her outlook around that time as "just happy," she also was aware of the media speculation. "That stuff was certainly there. It was in the background, it was always like a white noise presence."

    "It certainly was icky when the press started snooping around in various countries — not just America, but in India, England, Australia. At that time, it was splashed all over the newspapers and it was mortifying."

    Ultimately, though, Padma's oncoming motherhood drowned out all the noise. "It was inconsequential because the main event was that I was going to be a mom," she stated.

    Read the entire interview here.