In a recent sighting, Padma Lakshmi and ‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris were photographed hand in hand while crossing a street in New York City.
The images suggest a close connection between the 53-year-old Top Chef star and the 49-year-old writer and producer as they made their way to McNally Jackson Bookstore in SoHo.
Lakshmi, known for her former fashion modeling career, sported a mod look with a cream-colored jacket, fitted black slacks, a coral scarf, and white go-go style short boots.
On the other hand, Barris opted for a more casual ensemble, wearing an orange puffy jacket, blue sweater, green camo slacks, and white sneakers.
The duo was seen engaged in conversation, with Barris looking at Lakshmi’s cell phone.
The sighting raises eyebrows as both Lakshmi and Barris are currently single.
Lakshmi has been unattached since her split from poet Terrance Hayes in November 2021, while Barris separated from his wife, Dr. Rania ‘Rainbow’ Edwards-Barris, in June 2022.
The photographs capture them wearing designer sunglasses and displaying subtle but stylish jewelry.
Kenya Barris, who has experienced an on-and-off relationship with his wife for years, has openly discussed his divorce journey, emphasizing its challenges and the need for transparency.
The divorce filing in June 2022 marked the third attempt to end his 20-year marriage to Dr. Rania ‘Rainbow’ Barris.
Padma Lakshmi, no stranger to public relationships, has a romantic history that includes marriages, relationships with notable figures like Salman Rushdie and Richard Gere, and recent connections with poet Terrance Hayes and actor Michael B Jordan.
As the photographs circulate, the public remains intrigued about the nature of Lakshmi and Barris’ relationship, sparking speculation and curiosity about whether this stroll in SoHo signifies more than just a friendly outing.
The duo’s fashionable appearance adds another layer to the narrative, leaving fans and observers eager to uncover the details of this unexpected pairing.