Padma Lakshmi Combats Custody Woes with 'Goodwill'

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Though she lost her custody battle with ex-boyfriend Adam Dell Thursday, Padma Lakshmi was anything but bitter at the Blossom Ball, her fourth annual New York City charity gala to support endometriosis research.

"I remember there's a lot to be thankful for," she said Thursday night, when asked how she's dealing with her private life making headlines. "I'm lucky I have a great doctor who allowed me to have a beautiful daughter. I think there's a lot of goodwill in the world. You just have to open your mouth and harness it."

Lakshmi's daughter, who will now go by Krishna Thea Lakshmi-Dell, was not with her mom at the New York Public Library gala. Instead, the "Top Chef" host was accompanied by a coterie of famous friends, including Susan Sarandon and Tyra Banks, who introduced Lakshmi at the sit-down dinner and joked that the model mom would "lick and lick and lick" the face of the highest donor to the Endometriosis Foundation of America.

That didn't happen, but Lakshmi, a former endometriosis sufferer, did shower thank yous, champagne, and chile and cheese-filled tamales on the crowd of hundreds.

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