Testing Times: When King Of Malaysia, Steve Jobs & Tiger Woods Were Compelled To Take Paternity Test
Who’s Your Daddy?
Former Russian beauty queen Rihanna Oksana Voevodina, in the middle of a divorce row with the former King of Malaysia, has challenged him to take a paternity test after he said their son may not be his. A look at other cases that went to the ultimate referee.
Padma Lakshmi and Adam Dell
When Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi (L) got pregnant in 2009, she wasn’t sure if the father was her current boyfriend Ted Forstmann, former chairman and CEO of IMG, or her ex Adam Dell (R), with whom she had rekindled a romance briefly. Adam, who is the brother of Dell computing’s founder Michael, was confirmed as the father in prenatal DNA testing. Adam and Padma Lakshmi have joint custody of their daughter Krishna Thea.
Steve Jobs and Chrisann Brennan
Steve Jobs (in pic) and Chrisann Brennan met at Homestead High School in Cupertino, California in 1972. They dated for the next five years and moved in together in 1977. At this time, Brennan got pregnant and Jobs refused all responsibility. A few years later, Jobs underwent a paternity test that established him as the father, but he still maintained his position. Many years later, Jobs finally reconciled with daughter Lisa when she was nine years old.
Ronaldo and Michele Umezu
In December 2010, Brazil striker Ronaldo (in pic) underwent a paternity test after Michele Umezu, a Brazilian waitress who Ronaldo had met when he was in Tokyo in 2002, claimed he was the father of her son, Alexander. The paternity test confirmed the claim and Ronaldo accepted Alexander as his son. At the time, the soccer star already had three kids, one son and two daughters. Soon after, Ronaldo made a statement that he underwent a vasectomy as he felt that having four children was enough.
Steve Bing and Elizabeth Hurley
After supermodel Elizabeth Hurley (R) gave birth to son Damian in April 2002, American real-estate businessman and film mogul Steve Bing (L) denied paternity, claiming that the couple was involved briefly in a non-exclusive relationship in 2001. A DNA test confirmed that Bing was indeed the father. Earlier this year, news broke of Bing going headto-head with his father, Peter Bing, for leaving Damian out of his will.