The New Year certainly isn’t off to a good start for Giada De Laurentiis. On Dec. 29, the Food Network star shockingly announced her separation from husband of 11 years, Todd Thompson, and Star has learned exclusively that a possible cheating bombshell could rock their divorce proceedings!
“Giada wanted to announce the divorce after the holidays,” a source claims. “But three different men — one from L.A. and one from Las Vegas — are looking for a payday or they’ll go public!”
This wouldn’t be the first time Giada has been linked romantically to someone other than her husband, either. In a shocking 2010 Star world exclusive, multiple sources claimed she and rocker John Mayer shared a steamy tryst at an NYC hotel. Plus, the famous chef has also made headlines for her close relationship with Today show host Matt Lauer.
Most notable, though, is Giada’s closer-than-close relationship with Bobby Flay, one of Food Network’s original superstars who had a hand in discovering her in 2002. “There were always whispers about the closeness between those two,” a Food Network source tells Star. “Their chemistry has been no secret at all to people around them.” In fact, just two days before Giada announced her divorce, the duo was spotted having a casual dinner together in Miami.
The stories about Giada’s close relationships with other men were devastating to Todd…and could make their divorce a real battle. “It could potentially turn really ugly where Giada’s money and their daughter are concerned,” a source adds. “I wouldn’t blame Todd if he felt angry and humiliated.”
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