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Todd Thompson is an American reality TV star and clothing designer. He is widely known as the former husband of famous Italian-born American chef, writer, and television personality, Giada De Laurentiis
Biography – Age
Though not much information is available about his childhood, we do know that Todd Thompson was born on 8th January 1963, in Grand Rapids, Miami, Florida, the USA to Mary Thompson. He has a brother named Trevor Thompson.
The TV personality with an impressive height of 6 ft 2 quietly rose to fame for his marriage to celebrity 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 was exposed to cuisine and entertainment at a young age and given that her grandfather Dino owned a group of Italian restaurants called DDL Foodshow, where she often ate, she was inspired to pursue a career in cooking.
Giada eventually rose to become a celebrity chef and a Food Network star known for her cooking shows Everyday Italian and Giada at Home. She is likewise a regular contributor and guest co-host on NBC’s Today. The celebrity chef who also has a restaurant in Las Vegas has authored several cookbooks and has a line of cookware at Target. More so, her TV program Giada at Home has earned her the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Host.
Todd and De Laurentiis met when the celebrity chef was a 19-year-old anthropology student at UCLA, and at the time, Thompson knew nothing about cooking. The two got married on May 25, 2003. The marriage which produced one child in 2008, a daughter named Jade Marie De Laurentiis-Thompson eventually crashed after 11 years in 2014. Thompson and De Laurentiis first announced their separation on Facebook, explaining that their decision to separate was in order to focus on the future; adding that “the overwhelming desire for their family’s happiness has given them the strength to move forward on separate, yet always connected paths”.
Though there have been claims that the couple’s divorce was a result of the several flings De Laurentiis had with at least three men which include – Bobby Flay, , and John Mayer, such allegations have repeatedly been dismissed by the celebrity cook. Their divorce settlement which granted both parents joint custody of their daughter Jade was not a cheap one. Given that the couple never had a prenuptial agreement, Thompson got to keep their $3.2 million home in Pacific Palisades (including the $300K worth of art/furnishings) and half of De Laurentiis’s millions of dollars in unpaid book advances while receiving $9,000 in monthly child-support payments for Jade.
Thompson and De Laurentiis have remained amicable exes. They have stayed close throughout their post-divorce to help raise Jade together. One of their secrets to being successful co-parents to Jade is living a stone’s throw away from each other, so as to help keep their daughter stable and just keep her environment as similar as possible at both places. By this, the former couple, say they are supportive of each other and, in turn, supportive of Jade.
While it appears like Todd is possibly single for now, Giada has, however, moved on to a new relationship and found happiness with FABLife producer Shane Farley.
Todd Thompson’s Net Worth, Where Is He Now?
From 2008 to 2014, Todd appeared in 62 episodes of his ex-wife’s TV show Giada at Home, a show where she shares her love for entertaining guests by putting together unique meals for gatherings with friends and family. For Giada’s first restaurant situated in Las Vegas, Todd who is a fashion designer is credited with designing the restaurant’s chef’s coats, an idea and publicity stunt which was aimed at making the restaurant a home away from home for the celebrity cook. Of course, that was before the couple’s separation!
Todd Thompson currently works as a fashion designer for Anthropologie as well as for other brands. Though the exact details of his salary are unknown, his contributions to the fashion industry and the $9,000 monthly child-support payments from his divorce settlements with ex-wife Giada places his net worth at an estimated value of $8 million.