Restaurateur/Food Networkperson Giada de Laurentiis is ringing in the New Year with a split from her fashion designer husband, Todd Thompson. The TV host and cookbook author broke the news last night with a statement posted to her official website:
After an amicable separation since July, Todd and I have decided to end our marriage. 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.
It's been a year of both highs and lows for the television chef: She opened her first eponymous restaurant at The Cromwell in Las Vegas over the summer, but was also the subject of recent gossip alleging that her secret to staying thin involves spitting out all the food she cooks.
And for anyone wondering who the hell cares about a Food Network star's divorce — a lot of people, apparently. Giada's Facebook post about the split has garnered nearly 25,000 likes and over 2,000 shares thus far.