Did Giada De Laurentiis Turn Down Her Boyfriend’s Marriage Proposal?

If there’s one cable channel everyone can agree on, it’s the Food Network. From friendly competition shows to watching our favorite chefs make delicious cuisine, fans have been invested in the network for decades. And there are a few chefs who have been with the channel for as long as we can remember — and one of them is Giada.

Giada De Laurentiis has been everyone’s favorite Italian food star for years. Not only do fans love watching her create her food, but they’re also invested in her personal life. Currently, she’s dating a TV producer following her high-profile divorce from Todd Thompson. And now there are even reports that she could have been proposed to — but she may have declined.

Giada was married for over a decade before divorcing Todd Thompson

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We remember Giada talking about her husband on shows like Everyday Italian — but by 2014, fashion designer Todd Thompson and Giada split after 11 years of marriage, E! News reports. They cited irreconcilable differences as the reason, and there seemed to be no hostility in their decision to end things. As Giada announced on Facebook, “Todd and I share a beautiful daughter together 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.”

While the divorce seemed amicable and the two still keep in touch for the sake of their daughter, Jade, the split was definitely still hard on the Italian cook. She told People that she was alone for a year and a half post-divorce “just figuring things out. I had been with Jade’s dad for 25 years. I didn’t know what it meant to not be married,” she added.

She’s said her current boyfriend makes her feel ‘like a kid again’

From her business to her striking looks, there’s no doubt Giada has a lot going for her — so no one was surprised when she began dating again when she felt ready. The cook has been dating TV producer Shane Farley for over three years now, and their relationship seems like the change of pace Giada needed. “Shane’s a lot of fun. He’s very spontaneous and loves to laugh,” she told People. And Shane also had nothing but wonderful things to say about Giada. “Giada is one of the most positive people I have ever met. She’s warm and absolutely beautiful—what you see on the outside is there on the inside as well,” he added.

Giada and Shane first met back in 2013 and then reconnected well after Giada’s divorce. “Once I got settled, [Shane and I] reconnected and I felt like a kid again,” she told People. And her young daughter, Jade, also gets along very well with Shane, which is a huge plus.

Did she really turn down a proposal? It remains uncertain

Giada’s been dating Shane for quite some time — and questions of remarriage have come up for her before. Fox News reports back in October, the cook was questioned about whether or not she’d remarry by Us Weekly. She replied with, “Ah, you know what? You never know in this life. I’m never going to say never.”

This isn’t the only news story to be published about a potential upcoming engagement, however. According to Radar Online, sources told the publication last April that Shane had already proposed to Giada — and she said no. As the insider said, “Giada loves Shane and they have a lot in common. But she’s committed to concentrating on her career and her daughter, Jade!” And other sources claim she’s uncertain about getting remarried again because of how much money she lost from her divorce. “Giada’s split from Todd cost her a fortune,” said the source. They did mention that she may change her mind in the future and choose to marry again, however. “But for the time being, marriage is out of the question. She likes things the way they are.”

Can the insider sources be trusted? We can’t say for sure, but we do hope that Giada remains happy in whichever path she chooses, married or not.

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