Celebrity chef Bobby Flay has filed for divorce from his wife, “Law and Order: SVU” actress Stephanie March. The 50-year old Food Network star and the 40-year-old actress have been married for 10 years. Rumors are that the split is happening because of Flay’s infidelities.
According to the story on Page Six, March found out that her boyishly good-looking husband had an affair with his kitchen assistant, 28-year-old Elyse Tirrell. Tirrell was actually an aspiring singer and actress who hosted at Flay’s Bar Americain restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. She went from being the hostess to Flay’s assistant in the kitchen. Rumors are that the two have been seeing each other for the past three years.
TheWrap reported a close friend of March, Maia Madison, said that March showed up at her house a few days after Thanksgiving, distraught over Flay’s affair. Madison said that her friend showed up sobbing over the rumors of Flay and Tirrell. Madison went on to say that March mentioned that Tirrell was also nervous in her presence but she never knew why.
Flay’s spokeswoman, Julia Halpin, has neither confirmed nor denied that the rumor of the affair is true. His business partner and friend, Laurence Kretchmer, has defended Flay. Kretchmer spoke out to say that Flay did what he could to save his marriage and that an affair between Flay and Tirrell never happened.