Giada De Laurentiis’ divorce has been so rough on her that her net worth has even taken a direct hit from it.
The TV chef recently opened to E! News up about her divorce from husband of 12 years, Todd Thompson. At the Triscuit Maker Fund breakfast, De Laurentiis admitted that it hasn’t been easy.
“I had a rough year and a half, no question. But I think that all of us go through stuff. I checked out for a little bit. I tried to stay under the radar to protect my family and my daughter, mostly. But now I feel like I’ve turned the corner.
“I think that the pain was so raw for so long that I just felt like I couldn’t [even talk about it]. I think that everybody takes their time to get over whatever it is they need to get over.”
The divorce has also been tough on Giada’s assets. It’s been called one of the costliest divorces in all of Hollywood. Thanks to her expensive divorce, her reported net worth has decreased in value. According to the divorce papers obtained by TMZ, Giada has agreed to pay $9,000 per month in alimony, or a total of $108,000 per year. Todd kept the couple’s $3.2 million home in Pacific Palisades, California. He also received 50 percent of the royalties on the cookbooks that Giada made under the contract she received while they were married.
The couple didn’t sign a prenup, which is why De Laurentiis’ assets have taken a hit. However, that hasn’t stopped her from buying a new $7 million home and selling out cookbooks left and right. According to E! News, court documents revealed that Giada de Laurentiis’ net worth is estimated at $20 million, which is still not bad. Both De Laurentiis and Thompson entered the marriage wealthy, so it’s not like they need the money. Thompson’s reported net worth is $15 million.
When the Food Network star attended the event on Wednesday, a total of $250,000 was donated to over 50 food marker campaigns on Indiegogo. De Laurentiis spoke out about her involvement with the flash fund.
“Like Triscuit, I have great admiration for today’s community of food makers, because I know the kind of work that goes into taking a simple idea and building something impactful. I’m thrilled to be working with the brand to elevate and encourage new small businesses at various points on their journey from concept to success.”
She also talked about the new love in her life, Shane Farley, who’s she reportedly been dating since November. Giada gushed about her new man and said that she’s finally found happiness despite the difficult and expensive divorce.
“Life is fun and great and I have so much fun with my daughter and I have someone new!” she said as she beamed her signature smile.
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