The 2-year custody battle between Padma Lakshmi and Adam Dell has finally been resolved.
The Top Chef host and Dell, father of 2-year-old Krishna, have been in a bitter custody war since the birth of their baby girl. Venture capitalist Dell, 42, sued Lakshmi, 41, last year for custody of their daughter Krishna, claiming that the reality TV star tried “to minimize, if not eliminate, [Dell’s] role in Krishna’s life.”
Lakshmi, who was in a relationship with the late businessman Teddy Forstmann, remained mum on the identity of her baby’s father. Dell’s lawsuit cited a DNA test that proved he was the father.
According to Thursday’s New York Post, Dell has succeeded in being recognized as Krishna’s father, and now the 2-year-old child will carry his famous last name.
Their daughter’s full name will now be Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell. “Padma basically said it was fine to add his name, but she retains all decision-making power, which is really what matters most to her,” a source close to Lakshmi tells PEOPLE. “She makes all the decisions on education, health, everything.”
Dell and Lakshmi, who settled out of court, also came to a compromise on custody and visitation rights.
“Having her daughter spend time with her father was never a big issue for her,” the source says of Lakshmi. In regards to visitation, “she gave a little more time because as the child gets older, it’s normal to give more.”
“It’s been very difficult for her,” the source continues. “She’s happy that its over, that it was settled out of court and that nobody won or lost.”