Giada De Laurentiis Opens Up About Life After Divorce: ‘All of a Sudden My World Came Crashing’

11/04/2015 at 04:35 PM ET

Giada De Laurentiis is right: Wendy Williams is excellent at her job.

Cooking alongside De Laurentiis on Wednesday’s episode of The Wendy Williams show, Williams asked the Food Network star whether she had begun dating since her September 2014 divorce from Todd Thompson after 11 years of marriage.

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“I love how she just dropped that in the middle of it, that’s what makes you good at what you do Wendy!” De Laurentiis said. “I’m going to say kind of, and I will tell you, this is the first time I’ve actually said that!”

While preparing her scrumptious-looking “American Breakfast Rice Bowl,” the cookbook author opened up about her love for cooking — and how it helped her navigate her divorce.

“I’ve always loved cooking, and I always say that I sort of gained my confidence as a young girl in the kitchen, that’s where I felt the most creative and empowered,” she said.

“What happened over the years working, you get caught up in your world, and all of a sudden my world came sort of crashing and I got divorced. I have a child, so I became a single mother, so I took a year of sort of reflection. Cooking got me through it. It made me happy.”

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In October, De Laurentiis made her first public appearance with Thompson and her 7-year-old daughter, Jade, for some fun at a local amusement park.

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BJQueen on

Is the Queen of BJs seriously going to pretend she’s a victim here? She has a WELL documented history of cheating on her now ex-husband, and I’m not even referring to her affair with Booby Flay. Too bad Wendy didn’t have the balls to call her out on her love of ‘servicing’ men.

Ha!! on

Oh please…She’s the one who caused the divorce with her behavior…just ask John Mayer, Drake, and MANY others.

Brittany on

Yeah, sleeping around will wreck a marriage. Stop playing the victim, Giada. It’s just plain pathetic.

Yucko on

She’s a 45 year old middle aged woman who looks like she’ s going through a serious midlife crisis. She’s the one who caused this, no sympathy, just no more watching her show. I can’t stand to look at her fake face.

Lisa on

PEOPLE Magazine — your facts are wrong — she divorced in September 2015 NOT September 2014. Wrong year.

Anonymous on

What a poorly written article. I am a English major. If you need any help, please let me know!

Guest on

I always thought her husband looked like he was “batting for the other team” anyway. Anywho…anybody know when her mouth is going to just up and swallow her own head?

rubyovertherainbow* on

She looks like she could be a real B.

Maria on

Maybe if you hadn’t cheated on your husband with Bobby Flay, your world wouldn’t have come “crashing down.” Mid life crisis much?

Maria on

@ Ha — did she seriously sleep with Drake?! My gosh, EVERYONE sleeps with Drake. He’s like a favorite toy that’s getting passed around.

juli on

Nice to see everyone knows so much about her. As if…

GreenEyedKat on

Playing the victim to boost book sales. She’s disgusting to look at now. I think she knows exactly what caused her divorce and when it was coming. There was no surprise She was so contrived and fake on the Wendy Williams Show. Williams should have given that guest spot to a dog.

Jennie on

Oh please.

Lilly on

Giada seems real heartbroken now that she’s divorced. Every outfit is either showing half her boobs or all of her stomach. Can’t stand her.

Sarah on

@Anonymous do you mean you are *an* English major?

Patticake on

Use to to a huge fan do Giada, not any more. Big head needs to go.

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