‘Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi Shares Private Pain Of Infertility, Endometriosis

by | May 13, 2010 at 3:42 PM | TV News

Padma Lakshmi talked to the Today show about her battle with endometriosis.  (Bravo)

Padma Lakshmi talked to the Today show about her battle with endometriosis. (Bravo)


Former model-turned-Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi has enjoyed many blessings, not the least of which are beauty, fame, wealth, and cool friends. The biggest blessing of all is her daughter, Krishna Thea Lakshmi, born last February. For Lakshmi, it’s payback time – or rather time to give back. The 39-year-old beauty went on Today and spoke with Meredith Vieira about her longtime battle with endometriosis, infertility, and the joys of new mommyhood. Lakshmi also spoke about starting the Endometriosis Foundation in America, which she hopes will raise awareness of the painful medical condition that affects one out of 10 women in this country and often goes undiagnosed despite being incredibly painful. “I was told to grin and bear it,” said Lakshmi, whose condition was not identified until she was 36. She was also told she would never have children. Explaining she would’ve had a much different life if she had been diagnoses earlier, the normally private star said she’s sharing this very personal problem so other young girls won’t “have to suffer like I did for a decade and a half. If I had been diagnosed earlier, I would have had a much different life.” Watch: