Giada De Laurentiis doesn't like John Mayer like that. - Michael Buckner/Getty ImagesMarried TV chef Giada De Laurentiis is shooting down a story claiming she hooked up with musician John Mayer in New York. The report from Star magazine cites unnamed sources describing a so-called intimate encounter between Mayer and De Laurentiis that began with a conversation at the Standard hotel in New York and ended in a suite at the nearby Gansevoort Hotel.
The response from Team Giada was swift: "There is not a sliver of truth to Star magazine's story," said a statement issued Wednesday by De Laurentiis' publicist. "It is unfortunate Star would publish these malicious truths without reporting the fact that Giada was with her husband Todd that weekend in New York, along with their family and friends. Giada De Laurentiis and her family deserve an apology and we demand an immediate retraction."
In addition, the statement says, "at no time did Giada step foot in the Gansevoort Hotel. Giada indeed met John Mayer briefly at a charity event in 2007 but has not seen him since. To be clear, they are not friends and cannot even go so far as to call John Mayer an acquaintance."
De Laurentiis has a two-year-old daughter with fashion designer Todd Thompson; Mayer is the subject of Taylor Swift's new spurned-ex song "Dear John." Indeed, though Mayer may be a player (previous high-profile, tabloid-beckoning romantic highlights include an on-again/off-again/on-again/still-on?/OK-it's-off-again relationship Jennifer Aniston and one with Jessica "Sexual Napalm" Simpson), it seems as if Star's report should be taken with enough grains of salt to stock De Laurentiis' spice shelf for a year.