TV chef Giada De Laurentiis finalizes costly divorce

By Wade Sheridan  |  Sept. 4, 2015 at 7:48 AM
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PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Television chef Giada De Laurentiis is officially divorced from husband Todd Thompson after 11 years of marriage.

Divorce documents obtained by People magazine reveal the specific details of the split, including that the pair will share joint custody of daughter Jade Marie.The divorce will prove costly for De Laurentiis as the successful chef will have to pay her ex $9,000 a month in child support.

Other expenses include Thompson keeping the couple's $3.2 million house in Pacific Palisades and with no prenup, De Laurentiis must give her former spouse 50 percent of all net book royalties for all books she published during their marriage, along with 50 percent of the unpaid advances for new cookbooks she has in the works. Bank accounts totaling more than $2 million will also be divided.

The Food Network Star announced their split on Facebook in December, writing, "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. 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."

Back in May, De Laurentiis was rumored to have started dating celebrity chef Bobby Flay. A rep for Flay denied the rumors, as did the Giada at Home host. In January, De Laurentiis denied rumors of dating singer John Mayer and Today anchor Matt Lauer.

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