Todd Thompson is an American reality TV star and clothing designer. He is widely known as the former husband of the famous Italian-born American cook, writer, and television personality Giada De Laurentiis
Biography – Age
Although not much information is available about his childhood, we do know that Todd Thompson was born on January 8, 1963, in Grand Rapids, Miami, Florida, USA, as the son of Mary Thompson. He has a brother named Trevor Thompson.
The TV personality with an impressive height of 1.82 m achieved quiet fame through his marriage to the star chef Giada De Laurentiis. Born in Rome and raised in Los Angeles, Giada is the daughter of actress Veronica De Laurentiis and film producer Alex De Benedetti. She is also the granddaughter of the late Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis (“Barbarella”, “Blue Velvet”). Giada came into contact with cooking and entertainment at a young age, and since her grandfather Dino owned a group of Italian restaurants called DDL Food show, where she often ate, she was inspired to pursue a career as a chef.
Giada eventually rose to become a celebrity chef and became a star of the Food Network, known for their cooking shows Everyday Italian and Giada at Home. She is also a regular contributor and guest co-host on NBC’s Today. The celebrity chef, who also runs a restaurant in Las Vegas, is the author of several cookbooks and has a range of cookware at Target. She also received the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Host for her television show Giada at Home.
Todd and De Laurentiis met when the celebrity chef was a 19-year-old anthropology student at UCLA and Thompson didn’t know anything about cooking at the time. The two married on May 25, 2003, and the marriage, which produced a child in 2008, a daughter named Jade Marie De Laurentiis-Thompson, finally broke up after 11 years in 2014. Thompson and De Laurentiis first announced their separation on Facebook, stating that their decision to separate was to focus on the future, adding that “the overwhelming desire for their family’s happiness has given them the strength to continue on separate but always connected paths.
Although there were claims that the couple’s divorce was the result of several affairs De Laurentiis had with at least three men – including Bobby Flay, Matt Lauer, and John Mayer – such claims were repeatedly rejected by the celebrity chef. Their divorce agreement, which granted both parents joint custody of their daughter Jade, was not cheap. Given the fact that the couple never had a prenup, Thompson was able to keep their $3.2 million Pacific Palisades home (including the $300,000 for art/furnishings) and half of De Laurentiis’ $300,000 in unpaid book advances, while receiving $9,000 monthly alimony for Jade.
Thompson and De Laurentiis have remained friendly allies. They remained close to each other throughout their post-divorce years, raising Jade together. One of their secrets to being successful co-parents for Jade is to live just a stone’s throw away from each other to keep their daughter stable and to keep their environment as similar as possible in both places. By doing so, the former spouses are saying that they support each other and therefore Jade.
While it seems as if Todd might be single for the time being, Giada has started a new relationship and found her happiness with FABLife producer Shane Farley.
Todd Thompson’s Net Worth, Where Is He Now?
From 2008 to 2014, Todd Thompson appeared in 62 episodes of his ex-wife’s television show “Giada at Home”, a show in which she shares her love of entertaining guests by creating unique meals for gatherings with friends and family. At Giada’s first restaurant in Las Vegas, Todd, who is a fashion designer, is credited with designing the restaurant’s chef’s coats, an idea, and a publicity stunt aimed at making the restaurant a home away from home for the celebrity chef. This was, of course, before the couple separated!
Todd Thompson currently works as a fashion designer for Anthropologie as well as for other brands. Although the exact details of his salary are not known, his contributions to the fashion industry and monthly alimony payments of $9,000 from his divorce settlement with ex-wife Giada put his net worth at an estimated $8 million.