While Giada De Laurentiis has been famous for years, her daughter Jade's name was thrown around more in the media when Giada and her ex-husband Todd Thompson split in 2015. Here's what you need to know about Jade De Laurentiis-Thompson.
1. Jade is an only child.
Giada has always been vocal about not wanting more than one kid: "You don't really know what it's like to have kids until you have one of your own," she told POPSUGAR in 2010, noting "I have so many babies: the show, Todd, and Jade."
2. She's completely changed Giada's outlook on life.
In a 2009 issue of Redbook, Giada discussed being afraid to have children after watching her brother pass away at the age of 29:
My brother's passing made me afraid, I think because I was afraid that we could have a child and lose him or her too. I didn't know if I could go through that kind of pain with anybody else the way I did with my brother. So for a while, I was very down on the whole idea. I thought, I don't want to have any more relationships. I don't want to have anybody that close to me. But a few years later, I thought, If I never have a child, that might be the saddest thing for me ... I stopped thinking of just my own mortality; I started thinking about the life we're leaving for someone else.
3. Jade is named after Giada.
It's not too hard to put two and two together here. "Giada" means "jade" in Italian.
4. She's loved food for as long as she's been alive.
In that same Redbook interview, Giada explained Jade was already crawling around the kitchen from the age of 1, wanting to taste things: "I give her little tastes of the food and she's like, 'Mmm!' Sometimes there's nothing on the spoon and she still goes, 'Mmm!'"
5. That love of food has only grown.
Giada more recently told PEOPLEthat Jade, who is now 10, is "really getting into it. I don’t know how long it’s going to last, but I’ll take it for as long as it lasts.”
6. Both her mom and her dad are super committed to co-parenting.
They recently celebrated Jade's birthday together at Benihana. Giada confirmed: “Getting along with my ex-husband really helps as well. We’re supportive of each other and, in turn, supportive of Jade.”
7. She's already made tons of television appearances.
And she loves to do it! Jade popped up on Giada's shows for years and recently helped her mom with another Food Network video.
8. She also already has a discerning palate.
Here's another gem from a different recent PEOPLEinterview with Giada:
Sometimes when I make my daughter toast in the morning I don’t have time to wait for the butter to melt and when you toast bread and you put cold butter on it, it breaks the bread. So I take the cold butter, I grate and I sprinkle it over the hot bread. What happens is it melts. Most of us don’t have the time to sit around and wait for butter to soften on its own and sticking it in the microwave kind of changes the texture, so I grate it. Otherwise you just destroy that piece of toast and my daughter hates it when it looks like someone just chewed her toast.
9. She loves her mom's new-ish boyfriend.
Giada has been with producer Sean Farley for about two and a half years now and they get along great. “Jade has got two amazing parents, so I can be a part of her life without any pressure,” Farley told the magazine. “I really enjoy hanging out with her.”
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