Giada De Laurentiis is divorcing her fashion designer husband, Todd Thompson according to Gossip Cop, Dec. 29, 2014. Giada and Todd, married in 2003, are calling their marriage over. Giada posted the announcement on her Facebook page. She wrote, “After an amicable separation since July, Todd and I have decided to end our marriage. Although our decision to separate comes with a great deal of sadness, our focus on the future and overwhelming desire for our family’s happiness has given us the strength to move forward on separate, yet always connected paths.” Through their union, Giada and Todd have one child, Jade Marie, born in March 2008. Giada’s Facebook post continued, “Todd and I share a beautiful daughter and a lifetime of great memories that we both treasure more than anything. We are so thankful for our friends and family, and really appreciate the support in this time of change.”
Several years earlier, rumors were hitting tabloid headlines that Giada was cheating on Todd with singer John Mayer. Giada denied the allegations, saying that she only met him once. During an interview for Redbook magazine, she addressed the issue of her alleged affair. E! reports she said, “The John Mayer incident was completely unexpected. I was shocked. And not so much for me, but for my husband and family. My family is used to that sort of thing. But my husband’s family is not. Todd was embarrassed that his family in Michigan would see it and think, What is going on over there in Hollywood?…What made it all even more surprising is that I haven’t had any contact with John Mayer in three years. You know how you’ll briefly get introduced to somebody? Maybe we chatted for five minutes, but I wouldn’t consider that intimate….I know these things happen, but maybe I was naive to think that they are usually based on some facts.”
Giada has several shows on Food Network including, “Giada at Home,” “Giada’s Party Plates,” “Cooking with Giada,” and “Giada’s Weekend Getaway.” She also is one of the hosts on, “The Next Food Network Star” with Alton Brown and Bobby Flay. Giada has written many cookbooks like Everyday Italian; 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes, Everyday Pasta, Giada at Home; Family Recipes from Italy and California, Giada’s Feel Good Food. Giada won the Daytime Emmy Award in 2008, 2010, and 2012. She won the Gracie award and the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2012. Giada has her own line of food related products, ranging from stainless steel pots and pans to utensils, cooking and tools. At one time, Giada used to sell her pasta sauces at Target, but it seems that she or Target has discontinued that line of her products. We wish Giada and Todd the best as they go their separate ways. Did the news of Giada and Todd’s divorce surprise you? Share your thoughts in the comments section.