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Giada De Laurentiis Interview in Redbook

Giada De Laurentiis Says Treat Men Like Kings or Else — Agree?

When it comes to traditional gender roles, celeb chef Giada De Laurentiis has the cooking part down. Giada, who's been with her husband since 1989, recently opened up about her marriage, telling Redbook magazine that she enjoys playing the role of doting wife and mother, and that in fact, it's crucial to a long-lasting relationship. Explaining that she tries to be the "young girl he met 20 years ago," she says:

"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."

It sounds to me like Giada subscribes to the same school as Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger, which suggests that letting "men be men" is the secret to a healthy relationship. And when it comes to fidelity, she also seems to think the cheated-on spouse shares some culpability if she doesn't give her husband enough attention. The sentiment is definitely a throwback, but Giada has the long relationship that implies it's working for her. What do you make of her thoughts?

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pureperfection pureperfection 5 years
in my opinion, only treat him like a king in bed and he will be yours... hehe!
laurenislost laurenislost 5 years
It sucks, but I do agree with this. I don't think you should have to be completely submissive, but there is always someone younger and hotter around the corner.
BlenderBabe BlenderBabe 5 years
It’s kind of pathetic that Giada is digging up the old sex rumors. Seems like she’s just using John Mayer as a launching pad to attract media attention: http://foodiegossip.blogspot.com/2011/01/giada-de-laurentiis-youre-keeping-john.html The alleged sex romp happened more than 2 months ago and Mayer has been accused of sleeping with 5 other women since then. Time to move on…
muse2323 muse2323 5 years
Can't agree with either of those; I like to be treated like a queen, so it's only fair to treat him like a king--which totally doesn't mean he's in charge.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I'm glad there are so many cool people on here! You all sound great, generous and loving, and your partners are lucky to have you =)
Helen-Danger Helen-Danger 5 years
The "or else" part is stupid. The rest is just being nice. But Giada is going to be disappointed if she thinks she can 'keep' her man by being good. Plenty of women act like slaves and still get cheated on and left. (And the only way to be the girl you were 20 years ago is to fail to evolve, and maybe cryogenically freeze your face.) The best way to 'keep' your man is choose the right one in the first place!
totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
I meant I also like to receive.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
I like being considerate and like it when people are considerate of me. I like to spoil people, but I also like to be spoiled. So in a sense I agree with her. But I don't believe I should be the only one giving. I also like to give.
girlA girlA 5 years
Every relationship is unique and apparently, that works for her and her husband. Even though I love to cook and take care of my family, so does my husband, so we think of ourselves as equals and we have a mutual respect for one another--we actually pride ourselves in not having that traditional, Ozzie and Harriett/Donna Reed mentality.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 5 years
Agree somewhat. I'm the type of girl that will give you the world. But I'll leave if you don't treat me like a princess.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 5 years
Strangely I agree with that anonymous 11:58am person! Married 27 yrs and going strong.
katiekat95 katiekat95 5 years
Totally agree
GTCB GTCB 5 years
Woo hoo, I am all for this!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I'll treat a guy like a king if he treats me like a queen.
trinitycc trinitycc 5 years
It should be equal, not one "ruling" the other. I wonder if Giada is treated as a queen? If not, does she step out to find someone who treats her like a queen?
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
@RoaringSilence: "Something that makes me sad though is the way women are portrayed in pop culture, like in the Sex and the city movies and movies such as Knocked Up. The women are allowed to be total divas who expect to be waited on hand and foot. Yet their partners are not entitled to even slightly the same treatment. I do believe that a lot of women are influenced by this and think they can get away with expecting to be treated like a queen while not giving anything back. In that sense, I do agree with Giada in saying that men deserve to be treated well, too. " Well-said! Kindness is something that both partners in a relationship should practice as well as enjoy.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 5 years
I believe respect is a 2-way street. I would not belittle, put down, or nag a man, but he could not do those things either. All this "him being in charge at the home" is bullcrap. We both study, we both work, we both pay the bills, we both have a say in what goes on.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 5 years
I totally agree! I treat my man like my king because he treats me like his queen <3
shreerose shreerose 5 years
I would treat my man like a King, if he, in returns, treats me like a Queen. Equal.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
While her statement conjures up an image of a woman waiting on her man, I certainly do agree that people in committed relationships should treat one another well and allow the other person to be themselves. Of course I believe it's a two way street.
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 5 years
I think a couple should treat each other with mutual respect, love, and admiration. I would only treat a man like a king if he treats me like his queen!!!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 5 years
I agree with Girl Jen. The point is to be exactly equal. I don't think that people who don't treat their partner right deserve to be cheated on, since that partner could bring the issue up or end the relationship and THEN go look elsewhere. Something that makes me sad though is the way women are portrayed in pop culture, like in the Sex and the city movies and movies such as Knocked Up. The women are allowed to be total divas who expect to be waited on hand and foot. Yet their partners are not entitled to even slightly the same treatment. I do believe that a lot of women are influenced by this and think they can get away with expecting to be treated like a queen while not giving anything back. In that sense, I do agree with Giada in saying that men deserve to be treated well, too.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
Whatever. Men and women are not that different. We both want the same things. Just be nice, be respectful, indulge your partner a little bit (because really, that is one of the fun parts of being in a relationship), and expect the same in return.
rach716 rach716 5 years
You have to treat your husband like a king to keep him from cheating? Um... no thanks.
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