Giada De Laurentiis, the bouncy television chef, and comedian Chris Rock sent shockwaves through social media over the weekend by announcing the end of long-running marriages–by Hollywood standards anyway. Oddly, both cited marriage fatigue.
The 44-year-old Food Network star ditched her fashion designer husband Todd Thompson after 11 years of marriage and one child, six-year-old daughter Jade.
Rock and wife Malaak Compton-Rock called it quits on the couple’s near 20-year marriage over the weekend. Malaak beat Rock to the punch by announcing the split in a statement to People on Sunday (Dec. 28)
Rock, 49, and Compton have two daughters, Lola Simone, 12, and Zahra Savannah, 10.
The comedian has hit rough patches in his marriage before. In 2006, he and his wife came close to splitting, but worked out their problems, according to various reports.
Malaak, who is heavily involved in charity work through Angelrock Project and styleWorks, put the split in perspective this way:
“Being fortunate enough to lead a life of service by working with those most vulnerable makes me well aware of life’s blessings, even when faced with difficulties,” said the founder of nonprofits. While recognizing that this is a significant change, my children remain at the center of my life and their well-being is my top priority. It is in this spirit that I sincerely ask that their privacy and the privacy of our family be respected during this transition in our lives.”
Rock was also accused falsely of fathering a child out of wedlock with a Hungarian model in 2008. A DNA test did not show a match.
De Laurentiis chose social media to announce her split and also posted a statement on her Web site and Facebook page. She revealed that they had been separated since July.
“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.”
Giada is a member of Hollywood royalty. Her mother’s father was the celebrated Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis. Her parents also divorced when she was young.
In Rock’s case, no other party is said to be involved. He said the marriage simply became unsatisfying.
No word yet on whether De Laurentiss or her husband have a significant other.
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