Padma Lakshmi says she feels 'separated' from her daughter while filming 'Top Chef' abroad: 'This is hard, and I miss my kid'

Padma Lakshmi shared a candid post about feeling "exhausted" and homesick for her daughter. (Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images)
Padma Lakshmi opens up about the toll being separated from her daughter takes as she shoots the next season of Top Chef in London.
The TV presenter, who shares 13-year-old daughter Krishna with ex Adam Dell, posted an emotional video to Instagram on Sunday, in which she is candid about feeling distant from the teenager while eating her way around the world .
"I've been traveling since February, off and on, and I'm very lucky to be doing what I'm doing and being able to travel everywhere, but some days it's really tough," a tired-looking Lakshmi still lies there bed said in the video. "I'm so full of food."
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While she noted that Top Chef's production is "on the home stretch" and otherwise doing well, it's clear the cookbook author is feeling drained.
"This is tough and I miss my child," admitted Lakshmi, 52. "I just want to sleep in my own bed."
Lakshmi also shared that Krishna (whom she often refers to as "Little Hands") is mostly "monosyllabic" when they talk on the phone, making the single mother feel separated from her child.
"Every time I phone home, Krishna is pretty monosyllabic," added the frustrated mother. “I mean, not always, but mostly; she tells me things I just feel separate from her and somehow not part of her life."
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The former model continued, "I'm tired, I'm exhausted, I'm done. I'm so close to the finish line, and yet it seems I'm still so far. And some days it's just harder than others Get up, and today is one of those days."
In the caption of her post, the Taste the Nation host wrote, "As a single working mom, finding a balance between all the moving parts of your life can be exhausting."
"I'm tired of traffic," she continued. "And lonely. And I miss my little girl. One more stop before home to capture them. The end seems so close and yet so far away.”
Lakshmi's contribution was supported by many, including single mothers Mindy Kaling and Drew Barrymore.
"Thank you for the truth! Thank you for being you," wrote Barrymore, a divorced mother of two. "Thank you for being a great mom. Thank you for showing all the stories of these people. And I have a pizza salad for you after you've had your fair share of #Littlehands. Hurry home.”
Speaking to Yahoo Life's So Mini Ways series last year, the Tomatoes for Neela author shared why raising Krishna is "the most important, fulfilling, and time-consuming job I have."
"I'm not always the most popular person in their life, but that's okay," the celebrity foodie said. "I have a specific role to play, so I don't always want to be liked... I'm not her best friend. I am a good friend whose main role in her life is to be her guardian and her caregiver and her parents. So I have to be the disciplinarian. I have to be the person who sets the rules and makes sure the rules aren't broken. It's up to me to explain why many of these rules are in place. At the end of the day, I'm the adult responsible for them. So maybe she doesn't always like me, but hopefully she'll thank me later."
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