Giada de Laurentiis of Food Network Will Begin New Year as Single Woman

Giada de Laurentiis

Giada de Laurentiis of the Food Network will begin the New Year as a single woman, as she announced on Monday that she and her husband, fashion designer Todd Thompson are getting a divorce, ending 11 years of marriage. The couple have been living apart since July. Giada wrote on her Facebook page that the separation is an “amicable,” one, adding that their desire for their “family’s happiness has given us the strength to move forward on separate, yet always connected paths.”

The couple will always remain connected, to an extent, through the loving relationship that they share with their daughter, Jade Marie Thompson, 6. The Daytime Emmy Award winner Giada and Todd Thompson will also share the memories of the happy times that they had together, along with the sad ones.

Though Giada wrote that the couple are getting a divorce, it is not known if either she or Thompson has actually filed for one yet. Today show contributor, Giada de Laurentiis, 44, added in the post that she and Todd were thankful for the support of their friends and family in what she called “this time of change.”

Some rumors have been circulating about a dinner that Giada had with fellow celebrity chef and close friend, Bobby Flay, on Saturday night. She reportedly had more than her share of alcoholic drinks, and did not seem to be experiencing much “sadness” at her impending divorce from her husband, despite what she wrote on her Facebook page on Monday.

Still, Giada has been living her life, for the most part, as a single woman since this past summer. Her divorce from her husband is basically a legal formality, and her meal with Bobby Flay was likely no more nor less than two friends getting together during the holidays to have a fun time, especially as chef Bobby Flay and actress, Stephanie March, are married. Also, Giada and Flay were at a work-related event earlier on Friday evening.

Reportedly, Giada de Laurentiis tripped over her feet somewhat as she was seen leaving the restaurant, and a source heard Bobby Flay laugh about it. According to Flay, he and Giada just shared a “quick dinner” together, as they are colleagues and friends. Perhaps Giada also had a bit too much wine, as the two made merry; but, that is what friends often do, especially during a festive time of the year like around Christmas.

Giada de Laurentiis, according to a rumor that has been circulating, does not eat the food she tastes on her cooking show, in order to maintain her slim figure. The rumor goes further, claiming that she spits out the food into a bucket which is brought onto the set as soon as the show cuts to a commercial break. However, according to her rep, the story is “completely false.”

The rep stated that she most definitely “eats her own food while filming.” It is easy to see how such a rumor could get started, as Giada de Laurentiis has somehow managed to stay slim while cooking and eating food that looks like it is rich and decadent.

Though divorces are often times of sadness, chef Giada de Laurentiis appears to want to consider her impending divorce from her husband of 11 years to be a time of starting over and entering into a new phase of her life. There is always some degree of sadness at looking back on past memories of married life when a person is considering getting a divorce and wondering when and how something went wrong, but it could be in the case of Giada and her husband, their future happiness will outweigh any present sadness they might be experiencing.

Written By Douglas Cobb

E! Online
San Jose Mercury News
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