Giada De Laurentiis Romancing Perfect Boyfriend After Divorce With Husband Of 2 Decades

By Staff Writer | On: 06 Jul, 2018
Giada De Laurentiis Romancing Perfect Boyfriend After Divorce With Husband Of 2 Decades

Quick Summary

Date of BirthAugust 22 ,1970
Age49 Years 7 Month(s)
Career 2002-present
Relationship StatusSingle
Ex-HusbandTodd Thompson
Divorce/SplitYes (Once)
Wedding Date25 May 2003
Ex-BoyfriendShane Farley (2015)
Net Worth$20 Million (Estimated)
FatherAlex De Benedetti
MotherVeronica De Laurentiis
Sister/sEloisa De Laurentiis
Brother/sDino A. De Laurentiis Jr. & Igor De Laurentiis
High SchoolMarymount High School
CollegeUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Height/ How Tall?5' 3" (1.6 m)
Weight 52 Kgs
Feet (Shoe) Size6 (US)
Hair ColorBlonde
Eye ColorHazel
Body Measurements35-24-34 inches (89-61-86 cm)
Official Site
Daughter/sJade Marie De Laurentiis Thompson

Despite going through a high profile divorce with colossal settlement money, Giada De Laurentiis still believed in love. She did not give up the hope of a perfect relationship despite going through a traumatic separation with the husband of more than a decade.

The 47-year-old is the face of Food Network, presenting various shows on the channel. Apart from hosting the Giada at Home, she also is a frequent guest co-host on NBC's Today. 

Kitchen Love: Giada De Laurentiis with Rachael Ray on show Giada's Italy on 13 April 2018 (Photo: Giada De Laurentiis' Instagram)

As a child, Giada found herself going to the kitchen frequently. Her grandfather owned a restaurant and Giada made numerous visits to the restaurant which led her to harvest a dream of owning a restaurant.  After studying at Le Cordon bleu, she aimed to be a pastry chef. 

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However, she returned to the states and became a professional chef working at numerous high profile eateries. Her TV journey started in 2003 after she hosted the Food Network's show Everyday Italian.

After that, she has hosted  Behind the Bash and Giada's Weekend Getaways with the network. She also hosted the 2007 Food network Awards and had also appeared as a judge on various cooking shows. 

Apart from a career in TV, Giada's business interest expands to restaurants. She owns two restaurants, Giada opened in 2014 at the Cromwell, and Pronto by Giada at the Caesars Palace which opened doors for the customers in February 2018. 

Her TV career has seen her become one of the most recognized celebrity chefs around and also a considerable net worth.  The TV personality cum businesswomen through her business ventures have earned a whopping net worth of $20 million. 

Born on 22 August 1970, in an Italian family whose roots ran deep into Hollywood. She was the eldest daughter of actress  Veronica De Laurentiis and her first husband actor/producer Alex De Benedetti. Her maternal grandfather and grandmother were also Italian actors. 

As a child, she was reluctant to pursue her family traditions of being in front of the camera and labeled herself as a camera shy person. However, as fate would have it, Giada continued the family's legacy, albeit not in acting but fronting up the camera. 

After her debut in TV in 2003, she married her longtime boyfriend, fashion designer Todd Thompson in May 2003 in an Italian wedding. And in March 2008, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter Jade Marie De Laurentiis-Thompson.

Speaking about her pregnancy, Giada told that her daughter would be her only child and was fearful of bringing more children into the world. She explained that her brother's death in  2003 had made her afraid of being pregnant. 

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The couple's marriage however ended when she announced that the couple had asked for a divorce in December 2014. In a Facebook post, she declared that the husband and wife were living separately since July 2014 and were committed to raising the pair's daughter together.

The divorce settlement was one of the most expensive at the time, with her husband receiving $2 million and $9,000 a month for child support. The divorce, however, did not leave the star with a bad taste. 

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A year on from her divorce, the foodie diva did a show produced by Shane Farley. At first, the relationship between the couple was strictly professional. However, with the pair continually meeting together, the feelings between the two quickly reciprocated and began dating in the middle of 2016. 

Walking Down Beach: Giada De Laurentiis with daughter Jade and boyfriend Shane Farley in 2018 (Photo:

Shane proved to be a perfect boyfriend for the food presenter, as they have many things in common. Both the boyfriend-girlfriend duo share the love of Italian food, and Shane even dons in an apron occasionally to help his wife in the kitchen. 

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What's more, Shane shares a special relationship with the Giada's daughter Jade.  And Jade even seems to have given the new man a seal of approval in her mom's life as she is continuously pictured hanging out with Shane. 

For Giada, the relationship has given her a new lease on life. After having spent close to a quarter of a century with Todd, Shane has proved to be the perfect partner for her. And what's more, Giada's famous smile is back again. 

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On 8 November 2018, Giada shared a beautiful throwback from her life as a mom with daughter Jade who is already 10 years of age now. The picture showed Giada embracing a navy tracksuit while feeding her daughter a bottle. 

Beautiful Moment Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Giada posts an old picture of her bottle-feeding her daughter on Instagram (Photo: Giada De Laurentiis' Instagram | 8 November 2018)

She covered the caption with her disbelief on the fact that her daughter was so small as she wrote, '#tbt hard to believe she was ever this small. #mommymoments #mygirl'

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Jade, on the other hand, has not only grown up to look like her mother, but she has also taken after her in cooking as well. In fact, Giada opened up to PEOPLE in March 2018 about how her daughter loved to fiddle with kitchen stuff,

I bought Jade a little purple ceramic knife and she just loves it. She's like 'What can I chop? What can I cut?' It makes her excited about what she's going to make, and then she's more apt to actually try new things and eat her dinner.

How cute is that? And while the fifth-grader has been dedicated to becoming like her mother, she has also formed a special bond with the chef's love interest.