Did John Mayer have anything to do with Giada De Laurentiis’ split?


As we learned earlier this week, Giada de Laurentiis and her husband Todd have decided to end their marriage. In Giada’s initial statement, she just said that she and Todd were separating, but one day later, Todd filed for divorce and Giada followed up by filing her own divorce papers. Giada and Todd’s marriage has weathered a lot of trouble, from competing work schedules to rumors of infidelity (on her part). Those John Mayer rumors certainly lingered a long time, didn’t they? Well, the New York Daily News said that the Mayer rumors “cast a shadow” over her marriage and she and Todd never really recovered from it. Radar had even more details about the Mayer rumors:

Giada De Laurentiis’ bombshell divorce announcement came as a surprise Monday after her 11 years of marriage to Todd Thompson. Though the couple’s filings offered little clue as to the reason for the split, RadarOnline.com has learned that there have been cracks in the marriage for years. In fact, according to one previous report, De Laurentiis cheated on her husband back in 2010 — with singer John Mayer!

De Laurentiis and Mayer worked together at a charity event hosted by Tiger Woods in 2007, and two years later, blogs were rife with outrageous claims that they were hooking up. But speculation reached a fever pitch in 2010 with an explosive report in Star magazine. On October 9, 2010, the mag claimed, De Laurentiis and Mayer crossed paths at the exclusive Boom Boom Room at The Standard hotel.

“Almost as soon as they saw each other, they left the room moments apart,” an eyewitness said at the time. “Giada was leaning with her back against the wall, and John was right up against her,” the source told the magazine. “Giada was holding his hand and she just had a huge grin on her face. John had one hand on the small of her back. They looked like two people who were going to go home together.”

And while they didn’t go home together, they did go to another hotel, the magazine claimed.

Another eyewitness allegedly spotted the two not long after at the Plunge lounge atop the nearby Hotel Gasevoort, where they were “extremely touchy-feely.”

They soon disappeared into another of the hotel’s suites, the magazine reported, where Mayer ordered up ice buckets and towels at 1:30 a.m. Around 3 a.m., a source said at the time, De Laurentiis was seen leaving. When approached by Star for comment, De Laurentiis admitted, “I was at The Standard that night,” but she insisted she didn’t see Mayer.

“I’ve met him and he’s a great guy, but I just like his music,” she said. “That’s all. I’m happily married!”

[From Radar]

I have mixed feelings about these old stories. I mean… she could do a lot better than Mayer, you know? I could see it if it was just a one-time thing, but even then… would you throw away your marriage just to have an affair with JOHN MAYER? No. You would throw away your marriage to have an affair with Clive Owen, or Tom Hardy, or maybe Ewan McGregor.

Meanwhile, People Magazine reports that they night before Giada announced her split, she went out drinking with her friend Bobby Flay. They were seen at Cecconi’s in Miami Beach and “They were laughing and talking and enjoying the fabulous weather. Neither seemed to have a care in the world.” Bobby is married to Stephanie March, although it’s been long rumored that he has a wandering eye (remember that sketchy January Jones story?). But… Bobby and Giada have been friends for years. Maybe it was just one friend taking out another friend for a good time.



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  1. CTgirl says:

    John Mayer is the the ambassador of bad decisions. If he’s involved then there will be a host of awful quotes from him in 3, 2, 1 . . .

  2. mimif says:

    What in the Clay Aiken hell is going on with Todd Thompson’s eyebrows in that bottom pic?

  3. QQ says:

    her and her teeth were and will continue to be a Hit with the Gents

    • Charlotte says:

      There’s no life behind those teeth. I zoomed in. She looks like a plastic shell.

      I hope her choices make her happy in life.

    • funcakes says:

      If rumors about her are true the teeth will not be a hit with the gents.😃

      • atorontogal says:

        I’ve always disliked her, I don’t know why. But I too think she is really plastic. And why do the girls always have to be making an appearance? Even on her cooking show, there’s always a cleavage photobomb happening. And please, she has WAY more teeth than the rest of us, I’m thinking the gents DO NOT like all the teeth ;-)

      • Kitten says:

        Oh snap!

  4. Bobby Flay looks weird in pics, but he was oddly endearing and puppy eyed when I watched his show for a little bit, this past summer. I came off as liking him, though I was giggling about him and the January Jones rumors the entire time.

    And Lord, I don’t know what John Mayor has in his pants (and don’t want to know), but surely there are some battery powered versions that are even better. It just ain’t worth getting the skeeze on you. It doesn’t wash off.

    • Tateru says:

      The skeeze doesn’t even want to associate with Mayer anymore. Skeeze took out a restraining order. Skeeze is done.

    • Christin says:

      If a fraction of the blinds are true, she sounds like her own skeeze factor is pretty high.

      • Nicolette says:

        Yes and it also would explain why her mouth always seems wide open. She has quite the reputation according to those blinds. So good that singers, athletes and other celebs are eager to be with her.

    • littlestar says:

      You know what bugs me about Bobby Flay? How the Iron Chef America competitions are always skewed in his favour. He once went up against Canadian chef Michael Smith and the mystery ingredient was avocadoes. Friggin’ AVOCADOES.

      Anyway, Giada and her husband seemed like such a mismatched couple. Whenever he’d make appearances on her cooking show Everyday Italian, they just did not seem like they had any sort of chemistry or connection.

      • Bridget says:

        Bobby Flat knows what plays well in the Iron Chef arena and has the Food Network test kitchen and support staff to help him come up with the menu (they get a few possible options for the secret ingredients ahead of time but dont know which will be chosen). Its not a real surprise that he wins so much, just considering that he knows how the system works.

  5. OSTONE says:

    Weren’t there rumors about her and football players, locker rooms? Did I make it up?
    I will never understand the fascination with John Mayer. Yeah dude has a couple of good songs but really? John Mayer? I get itchy thinking about it.

    • funcakes says:

      There have been numerous blind items about her and other people for years. There are some many that there are claims she is the queen of one particular sexual move.

      • The other paige says:

        Which one?
        Are the comments on her teeth a clue??

      • Maggie says:

        Intrigued — what is this move? I need it for *cough* research.

      • Christin says:

        Wouldn’t the men hope those are slide out dentures? Those teeth look, err, intimidating.

      • Kitten says:

        Great, she’s going to ruin it for the rest of us.

        I can just hear my boyfriend now:
        “But Giada gives guys BJs, why can’t you give me one?”

        Maybe next Christmas, honey.

      • NewWester says:

        She would be a queen of that “move” if she can keep her teeth from interfering

      • atorontogal says:

        Hahahahhaa Kitten! A girl after my own heart! (Mine has a birthday coming up though)….there may have been a pun in there somewhere.

  6. Sullivan says:

    I recently read some disturbing stuff about Giada’s father. I used to enjoy Giada gossip, but not after reading about her childhood.

    • Pumpkin Pie says:

      What exactly did you read? How bad is it? If it’s ok to share?

    • D says:

      Reading about her father made me want to throw up. What a monster. I feel so terrible that she went through that, I just wish her the best.

    • Booboo says:

      This. I posted something about it on another thread and it didn’t go through. After learning about that I have new sympathy for her.

    • littlestar says:

      Where can we find this information? I’m curious now.

      • Sullivan says:

        Italian producer Alex De Benedetti is her father. She changed her name to her mother’s maiden name. Her father was convicted in 1991 of child rape of his daughter.

      • Christin says:

        Someone linked a 1994 article on a Dlisted comment thread. Her father is named, and though Giada is not, the age matches. I now understand why she uses her mother’s name. It might also explain why she may (allegedly) have a problem now.

      • minx says:

        I have been trying to put the link here but my iPad is acting up. If you google Giada sexual abuse, the first article is from the LA Times from 1994. It describes a 24 year old woman, the daughter of a film producer, who was raped for years by her father. The details all fit, and the man is identified as Alex DeBenedetti, who was Giada’s real father.
        All four of his children changed their surnames after Giada’s mother divorced DeBenedetti. They never speak of him, only of Giada’s mother’s second husband.
        It’s horrifying.

      • Kiddo says:

        That would explain a lot. How sad.

      • littlestar says:

        Went and Googled and found a couple of things. Pretty horrific stuff. Now I guess I can kind of understand some of her behaviour. I hope she’s had help to deal with such trauma :( .

      • Kiddo says:

        I couldn’t find anything…? Are you sure it isn’t a rumor?

      • D says:

        Giada’s mother has apparently done speaking tours in Italy about rape & abuse since then and that LA Times article on Alex DeBenedetti indicates that Giada received some treatment at a well-regarded child victims services center that she found valuable.

        I don’t know how one even begins to work through something like this, but at least it seems that she’s gotten some measure of support.

      • Kiddo says:

        Maybe there is something in her speaking engagements that ties this all together.
        All I have seen so far, otherwise, has been conjecture that that 90′s article about the young victim was Giada. But I couldn’t even find any links about her father’s arrest, prosecution and imprisonment. I realize it was an episode before the net blew up, but geez, if this did happen, it’s amazing how it has been scrubbed, unless I am just enormously unsuccessful in turning up any any definitive in links in searches.

      • D says:

        @Kiddo: Alexander DeBenedetti is on CA’s sex offenders registry for sexual abuse of a child under 14. Giada’s mother wrote a memoir (in Itailian) a few years ago, in which she discusses the matter (she was also abused by DeBenedetti) – just a guess, but perhaps limiting the release of the memoir to Italy was to protect Giada’s privacy?

      • Kiddo says:

        @D, Thanks. I thought my googlization skillz were lost.You make a valid point about her privacy versus his.

    • Poppy Q says:

      I read that too.Awful.If it`s true then it may explain her rumored promiscuity.

    • ya says:

      Yes…. I know about this too – it really makes me have a lot of respect for her – that she has overcome something so awful.

    • Pumpkin Pie says:

      Oh I wasn’t expecting that. What an absolutely horrifying experience.

    • wow says:

      that certainly explains things
      wow didn’t know this
      feel very bad for her
      puts her in a different light

      it is certainly been kept hush hush – can’t find anything anywhere on it except that 1994 article


  7. bella says:

    there is an abundance of blinds re giada – blindgossip.com – that has been out there for quite some time.
    i’ve been getting a weird uncomfortable vibe from bobby flay and giada on some of the FN shows they do together for a very long time.
    given the porn videos and pics supposedly authenticated now that are out there, i wouldn’t be surprised if bobby is in them as well as john mayer.
    as far as bobby’s looks…
    i saw him up close in one of his NYC restaurants.
    he isn’t quite as Opie-ish (ron howard in mayberry rfd) in person and has a boyish charm.
    he looks very cartoonish on tv and in still pics though, doesn’t he?
    on giada…sad for her beautiful child. divorce is never easy on children.

  8. Jaded says:

    Why would anyone in their right mind sleaze around with John Mayer?! The guy is a total oil slick. Surely Giada could have had her pick of many more deserving men to have extra-curricular fun with, but the Mayer taint can never be removed. He’ll probably write a gooey, thinly veiled song about her “tornado mouth” or some such dreck.

    I’m going to spray myself with Lysol now.

    • funcakes says:

      He always seem to catch them when their vulnerable. I guess after a bottle of wine and a few acoustic love song can send a lady over the edge. I’m sure it’s just a hit it and forget it moment for both.

    • littlestar says:

      The words “Mayer taint” are words that should NEVER be spoken aloud.

  9. GingerCrunch says:

    Giada’s face looks like one of those twisted morphs on TMZ.

  10. Christin says:

    Mayer is bragging about his purchase of a fancy camper and truck that supposedly will go about anywhere.

    Maybe it’s going to be his mobile babe trap. Pull into any town and scope out the vulnerable or downright desperate girl-women.

    • funcakes says:

      Yikes! That’s scary. He’s going to need a hazmat crew to clean that thing. 😵

      • Christin says:

        The contraption just looks like a tricked out big Ford truck with a camper top attachment. He paid a bundle for it, apparently. I saw the article yesterday and wondered if he’s going on the run now. :)

      • Kiddo says:

        + a million for the word ‘contraption’.

      • Christin says:

        Well, it is officially described as ‘massive’ and ‘formidable’. I still think it’s a contraption for the rich and gullible.

        I think I am still talking about the truck-camper, but now I’m not sure. ;)

      • Christin says:

        Double post — sorry.

  11. FingerBinger says:

    Four years after they supposedly had an affair John Mayer is to blame for her marriage breaking up? I’m no John Mayer fan ,but it’s kind of silly to blame him.

    • lisa2 says:

      Exactly.. I do think the rumors were harmful. She said to his family (Todd’s) especially. That his family was upset by it and didn’t know what was true.. Hollywood and all that.

      But John Mayer is not forcing these women to be with him. They have to know his reputation. yet they get involved.. over and over. Not his fault. Women do have free will to say no, don’t they?

      I don’t feel sorry for grown women that decide to go for the wrong guy then blame him.

    • Venuslotus says:

      I thought the same, but then wondered if maybe they hooked up a few times since then.

  12. Cleveland Girl says:

    Wow – I have been watching the Food Network for years – never realized how much drama went on behind the scenes. HOT!

  13. Lizzy1013 says:

    To say Bobby Flay has a wandering eye is an understatement. He is a major jerk and a cheater. One of my girlfriends (who is gorgeous) worked at his Atlantic city restaurant and he was sleeping with several servers. He had his “people” bring her to his office one time because he wanted to “get to know her better.” She laughed in his face but said many girls there that did sleep with him.

    • bella says:

      that is disgusting, but i’m not surprised.
      what happened to your friend when she refused…did he fire her?
      i’ll never get celebs who have it all, build wholesome images, yet are the biggest sleaze bags.

    • minx says:

      Why does his wife put up with it? She’s gorgeous, could do so much better than him.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      I don’t care if someone is over sexed, I feel bad for his wife, I guess, but he’s good at his job whether or not he likes the ladies. I don’t think liking sex is the worst flaw in a person’s character, he probably shouldn’t make commitments he shouldn’t keep but otherwise, who cares, it’s just sex.

  14. funcakes says:

    I remember when he dated Jennifer Aniston. He was the worst. He just ran his mouth off about her claiming she was stuck in 1998. I wouldn’t be surprised if he set up all those photo opts with her. John is shady.

    • Christin says:

      Do you remember when she went back to him after he ran his mouth the first time? Unbelievable. And then he also yapped about Jessica Simpson (though she may have been flattered; I don’t know).

  15. lisa2 says:

    You never heard stuff like this about Julia Child or Two Fat ladies. They just cooked awesome food and made you wish you could cook that way.

    those were the good days.. when cooks were just cooks and not celebrities.

    • bella says:

      aaahhh…but julie childs WAS a celebrity.
      but she had self respect and class…
      some of the modern day ones just don’t…

      • lisa2 says:

        NOT a celebrity the way these people are not. Look at the entertainment shows. All of them want to be the people they interview.. I know Julia was a celebrity’ but it was so different then.. but we have all this social media now and gossip sites and such. So yeah that makes it different.

      • bella says:

        i know what you mean lisa2.
        just trying to point out how other celebrity chefs keep their sh*t locked down.
        they are able to maintain self respect and decorum in spite of their star hanging out for all to see…
        know what i mean?

        i know that it’s a different playing field, but why does someone like giada get to keep her job at FN while paula deen was fired for her deplorable comments?
        shouldn’t PD be able to do penance, make well deserved apologies, do some sort of restitution and keep her job?

        i’m sure i may start a whirlwind of hate here for saying i think PD should have been given another chance or that giada and others should lose their jobs for blatantly slutting around…
        all of it points to moral character.
        why fire one and not the other?

      • Esmom says:

        Bella, I really don’t think you can compare what PD did with Giada’s extracurricular activities.

    • funcakes says:

      I loved all those ladies ! Now it’s like a beauty contest for cooks. There’s one chick that make horrendous dishes that my dogs would never touch. She made a meatloaf that looked like Alpo with ketchup on it.

  16. Gina says:

    Oh poor little Giada. Her food isn’t bad, but she is so grinding to watch, rolling her letters, constantly in low cut tops with her chacha’s spilling out. Thought it might be a mid life thing, but she never stops. Todd seemed too grounded for her, a normal guy. Her ancestors are from Italy, not her, stop the accent…already, we get it. Poor John Mayer, he hits anything available, and now he’s getting blamed for this? Put some clothes on and take care of your daughter Miss America, or should I say Miss Italy?!!!

    • GingerCrunch says:

      Really! How did this Italian princess stay married to someone named Todd Thompson for so long? What was she thinking?!!

    • Sullivan says:

      She was born in Italy.

      • bella says:

        she was born in italy, but as someone also born in italy, giada has the fakest accent.
        it’s spa-gay-tee – long A not long E.
        and pasta…can’t spell it out, but she doesn’t say that correctly either by italian standards.
        drives me nuts! 😤

      • Sullivan says:

        I don’t doubt her accent sucks, but Gina said that Giada isn’t from Italy. Giada was born in Italy and moved here when she was a kid. The only reason I know this is because I recently read about her horrific childhood.

      • Gina says:

        She was born in Italy but raised in the U.S. I guess she thinks its more glamorous to have an accent, real or fake. Really doesn’t matter she is an exhibitionist with gigantic scary choppers. Take her money and run Todd! That’s what the girls do….lol.

    • lukie says:

      She is FROM Italy. She didn’t come to the US till she was 7 and couldn’t speak english.

  17. lisa2 says:

    I like Giada.. had no idea so many people didn’t

    I also loved watching her show. I have cooked so many of her recipes .. They were easy/quick and most of them didn’t call for a hundred ingredients.

    I know there are stories about her father and her when she was a child. Not sure how true but if they are very sad..and sad her marriage is ending.. Their daughter is young and it is going to hard.

  18. Gemma13 says:

    How about, no man is worth ruining a marriage for, just end it if you can’t be faithful.

  19. scout says:

    Did Bobby Flay “Throwdown” himself on his fancy grill? Don’t blame anybodyelse for your problems, Giada!! Swallow your food and move on.

  20. Joh says:

    Her smile looks so rehearsed and dead.
    It never varies from picture to picture.

  21. Blythe says:

    There were reports going around during the Mayer/Aniston fiasco that John was hiding a huge secret in his pants. I can’t believe that a woman would want John around for … conversation. He is the most condescending celebrity I’ve ever heard of. I’m attributing this to the sex. That’s my story.

    • Sullivan says:

      I think Mayer’s secret is he picks women who aren’t that bright. Or women who are young and naive. Or vulnerable women. Yeah, Mayer is a real prince.

      • lunchcoma says:

        Yeah, I think Mayer’s just very good at targeting women who are vulnerable for whatever reason. That’s been what’s explained why various, seemingly unappealing, men who I’ve known in my real life have had a relatively easy time finding people to date.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      He must be charming and have something going on in the bedroom, it’s the only explanation, he seems to beguile seemingly sensible women.

  22. lunchcoma says:

    The Mayer thing allegedly happened 4 or 5 years ago, so my vote would be no. If that was the reason for the split, I think it would have happened sooner. There have always been lots of rumors about Giada and various men. I’d assumed she and her husband had an open marriage. Maybe that wasn’t the case, or maybe they did and it just stopped working for them.

  23. Jess says:

    Something about her really bothers me, but I don’t know what, my sister calls her t-Rex, and my dad is obsessed with her, I just don’t get it.

    • Pumpkin Pie says:

      I don’t like the way she pronounces words and the intonation of her voice. I have a thing for voices, so…

  24. amp122076 says:

    Meh, I don’t know. I think John Mayer’s cute.

  25. Racer says:

    As a worker in the world of dentistry I feel it is my duty to inform the masses that your teeth should never be whiter than the whites of your eyes- provided you are interested in the illusion of having “naturally” white healthy teeth.

  26. LAK says:

    That John Mayer gets around, doesn’t he?

  27. Jayna says:

    Mayer is gross. I can never get out of my head that story posted on Reddit of a one-night stand that I once relayed on here. Then add his too-cool persona in that interview that was demeaning to women and to the women he dated.

    • Christin says:

      I can only imagine it was something gross.

      The one and only time I ever thought well of him is when he admitted his vocal abilities were lacking and did an instrumental tribute only at MJ’s funeral service.

  28. Olivia says:

    I read a blind some years back that alluded to the fact that John Mayer likes to pee on his women…..literally.
    All I can say to EW!

  29. elbowpasta says:

    Lol these comments are hilarious