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Giada De Laurentiis Is Divorced, But It Cost Her Big Time


Giada De Laurentiis is probably best known for being “the hot one” on the Food Network, and she’s managed to turn herself into a proper celebrity chef (sorta?) because of it — at least enough that we’re reporting on the fact that Giada finally got divorced from husband Todd Thompson, and it cost her a whole hell of a lot of money to do it.

The divorce documents obtained by PEOPLE state that the pair, who separated last July after 11 years of marriage, will share joint custody of daughter Jade Marie, 7, but De Laurentiis will pay her ex $9,000 a month in child support.

Thompson, a fashion designer, gets to keep the couple’s $3.2 million house in Pacific Palisades, California, and because there was no prenup, De Laurentiis must give him 50 percent of all net book royalties for books she published during their marriage and 50 percent of the unpaid advances to several cookbooks that she has in the works (more than $5 million). Neither of them have been ordered to pay spousal support.

Frankly, I think anyone who takes the other person’s money after a divorce is a hot mess. Yes, if you helped with things you should be compensated for it, but taking it just because you didn’t sign a prenup? Get a grip, that’s disgusting (and that goes for both sexes). Why would you want money that isn’t actually yours and that you didn’t even earn? Ugh, people.

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  • I think this husband is being very greedy! Why isn’t he having to split his wealth with her?
    They both have a lot of money and don’t need to share with each other. Todd is just trying to hurt his ex-wife any way he can! I think that Judge should be removed from the Bench!!

  • After growing together for 11 years, yes 50/50 is fair. That’s what happens when you choose to get married. You don’t like it, don’t get married. You don’t like it, sign a prenup. Don’t sign a prenup and it’s common property and benefit of both parties.