(In the above pic an expectant Padma was snapped at the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in LA)
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi is pregnant, her rep has confirmed.
“Model, author, and Emmy-nominated Padma Lakshmi confirms that she is carrying her first child after years of struggling with endometriosis, a cause for which she has co-founded the Endometriosis Foundation of America,” the rep told Us magazine of Padma, 39.
“As a result of her condition, this pregnancy has been referred to by her physician as nothing short of a medical miracle, and due to its delicate nature, we ask/implore the press to respect Ms. Lakshmi’s privacy at this time,” the rep continued.
Endometriosis is a medical condition in which the uterus’ lining grows in other areas of the body, causing pain, irregular bleeding and possible infertility.
The baby’s father has not been revealed. Online reports have speculated Manu Nathan is the father, but her rep denied that, explaining that he is Padma’s cousin.
Padma split from novelist Salman Rushdie in 2007 after three years of marriage.
She won the Best First Book award for her first cookbook, Easy Exotic, at the 1999 World Cookbook Awards in Versailles, France. Her second cook book, Tangy, Tart, Hot and Sweet, was released in October 2007.
She hosted the Food Network series, Padma’s Passport, in 2001. She’s also guest hosted on British show Planet Food.