USMagazine, Monday, January 10, 2011, 10:03am (PST)
Food Network star and cookbook author Giada De Laurentiis is a major celeb in her own right, but the married chef was truly taken aback when Star magazine claimed that shet slept with John Mayer at NYC hotel the Gansevoort last year.
"The John Mayer incident was completely unexpected. I was shocked. And not so much for me, but for my husband and family," Giada 40, tells Redbook mag. She and husband Todd Thompson have been married for almost 7 years and have a daughter Jade, nearly 3.
She adds: "Todd was embarassed that his family in Michigan would see it and think, What is going on over there in Hollywood?"
How did she and serial dater Mayer get linked in the first place? De Laurentiis is stumped!
"I haven't had any contact with John Mayer in three years. You know how you'll briefly get introduced to somebody? Maybe we chatted for five minutes, but I wouldn't consider that intimate," she tells the mag.
"I think the only things that could have possibly have tied us together is that we were at the same hotel that weekend in question," she says of the Gansevoort. "Which, by the way, my husband was with me there as well."
The famous cook also tells Redbook how she balances out her famous persona when she's at home. "I think it can be hard for any man to sometimes be upstaged by his wife," she says. "So when I'm home, I work very hard to be Todd's wife and Jade's mother. I have no problem going back to those traditional roles. I try to be Giada, the young girl that he met 20 years ago and fell in love with. All men want to be treated like kings in a relationship, and I think if women don't indulge that sometimes, their men are likely to stray and look for someone who can give that to them."