Padma Lakshmi Beau Dies – Padma Lakshmi and her beau, Theodore Forstmann, made headlines when she gave birth to daughter Krishna. Forstmann suffered from brain cancer and died Sunday at the age of 71. He was a veteran business leader and philanthropist.
Although the famed billionaire never married, he dated “Top Chef” host Lakshmi, 41, over the last several years. She gave birth to now 1-year-old daughter Krishna in February 2010, which spawned speculation over the identity of the father. However, Venture capitalist Adam Dell was later revealed as the father.
Forstmann was also briefly linked to Princess Diana. According to “The Diana Chronicles” by Newsweek and The Daily Beast editor Tina Brown, the two were plotting to wed in the last weeks of her life.
Lakshmi’s relationship with Dell ended in 2009 after he claimed the former model and Bravo host launched a cruel attack on him during a phone call, calling him an “unambitious” man with an “uninteresting” career and “unmemorable” friends.
According to court papers, Padma also told Dell that she wished her child was from her other lover, Forstmann. Dell claimed this was why she refused to put his name on the birth certificate.
Though a Forstmann spokesperson declined to comment at the time, a source close to him said, “He has been carrying out the role of father since the moment Krishna was delivered into his arms.”
Lakshmi, India’s first wildly successful international supermodel, is known for having a propensity for dating powerful men. For three years, she was married to prize-winning author Salman Rushdie. More recently, she’s been linked to New York City nightlife impresario Nur Khan and actor David Spade.