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Us Weekly is reporting (and has confirmed) that Padma Lakshmi is with child. It's a particularly welcome development for Lakshmi, who suffers from endometriosis and has had difficulty conceiving over the years. Although when her publicist asks that the media respect the Top Chef host's privacy, it probably doesn't have all that much to do with her medical condition, which she's never been shy about discussing:

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.

So what does it have to do with? The fact no one knows who the father is. Some have speculated it's a man named Manu Nathan, since she's been seen with him at various events around town recently, although that theory is a little less likely considering Nathan is her cousin, according to Lakshmi's rep. Other possibilities? If we had to guess, we'd go with Teddy Forstmann, her on-again off-again boyfriend over the past couple of years. Sure, he's three decades older than she is. But if you're going to have a baby in an economy like this, it isn't such a bad idea to make sure the child's dad is a billionaire, is it?

Padma Lakshmi Is Pregnant! [Us]