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Padma Lakshmi Admits To Changing Her Name As A Kid After Being Bullied At School: 'They Didn't Feel I Was American'

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Padma Lakshmi opens up about not fitting in!

Padma Lakshmi is revealing all!

Promoting her new memoir, Love, Loss, And What We Ate, the Top Chef host previously opened up about being molested as a child.

In an interview with People, the 45-year-old also speaks about her experience growing up in America, including deciding to change her name.

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Padma divulged:

"I was this tall when I was 13 in eighth grade. I had a very long neck, I used to get called E.T., Skeletor, giraffe, you name it."

In an attempt to fit in at school, she confesses to temporarily choosing a new name to go by:

"You can ask anybody who went to high school with me, they didn't call me Padma."

Instead, she went by Angelique.

So heartbreaking!

For the Bravo starlet, she struggled with trying to fit in. She says:

"I didn't feel any different, I didn't feel any less American, even though I ate rice and curry or even though my name was Padma or I spoke to my mother in a different language, I felt as American as anybody else in my classroom. But they didn't feel I was as American."

And continued to explain:

"I think you don't have to be Indian to identify with the immigrant experience. I think everyone has experienced feeling like an outsider. And it's something that I've carried with me – it's like this invisible shadow that's there because I was always flitting between cultures, so I was never really at home in one, and never really an outsider in the other."

As we previously reported, Padma hasn't been shy about her opinions on immigration, even admitting to wanting to slap Ann Coulter on live TV because of her controversial comments on the subject.

We're glad she's so open about her experiences. Sounds like there is way more revealed in her memoir.

Will U be buying it??

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