In going public with their fertility struggles, Bill and Giuliana Rancic have helped shine a spotlight on an issue that affects so many families.
The beautiful E! host took time out to talk to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her great new web site, FabFitFun, the next step in their journey to conceive, and why she feels she’s “never been happier.”
CBS: Tell us about your new site, fabfitfun.com
GR: “I was inspired to create fabfitfun.com because I have over 2,000,000 Twitter followers and I was always sharing beauty and fitness tips- there’s only so much you can do in 140 characters! I realized I needed a great website to really respond to what people were asking me. Every day I email my top picks out to my subscribers; today it was my favorite age defying moisturizers.”
CBS: What sets Fabfitfun apart from other fitness, fashion, beauty and style websites?
GR: “Well, we’re not trying to sell advertising; it really is just my picks and it’s real information! We’re trying to mold the blogs to fit all the requests from our followers. I’ve collected so many great tips from working in Hollywood, from doing research and of course, celebrity interviews.”
CBS: Although many people are reluctant to talk about it, 1 in 8 couples experience fertility issues. What made you want to come forward publicly with your struggles?
GR: “We did our reality show and the crew was there when it happened and we didn’t want to have to tell 20 people in the room to keep a secret! Bill and I are very honest people and we didn’t want to live a lie. Afterwards, we received so much amazing feedback that our privacy was a fine price to pay for literally the 1000’s and 1000’s of people we helped. We were just overwhelmed with the amount of emails, so we felt we did the right thing.”
CBS: We were so sorry to hear about your miscarriage- how are you feeling now? Are you planning to go ahead with another round of IVF Treatments?
GR: “Bill and I are taking time off from the process and we are done with IVF for now. We are enjoying a more relaxed time; not having to run home after an awards show and give myself a shot is a relief! Right now, we are trying naturally- no shots, no ovulation tests – nothing. We are taking in one day at a time. I’m really enjoying working out again too and I’ve never been happier; I love being fit. When you’re on IVF you have to take things very easy with working out and be careful etc, but right now, we’ll have to wait and see!”
CBS: Have you considered adoption? Or will you continue with IVF until you successfully welcome a biological child?
GR: “Bill’s sister adopted so it’s in our family. We are open to the idea, so we will have to wait and see. Right now we are so busy with work and planning trips- we’re ok where we are!”
CBS: You and Bill seem so happy together. What’s your secret to your successful marriage?
GR: “I think our secret is that we treat each other with respect. With our show, we wanted to show people a happy, cool marriage where people treat each other well. We have arguments of course, but we never cross the line. I don’t trash him to my girlfriends either- I think that is very important because once you start disrespecting him behind his back, it spills over into the house. We both grew up that way; we came from families where our parents showed each other respect and I think that’s key. We also don’t let our ruts go on to long. Every day is an opportunity to mix things up and change your perspective. And I’m not talking about an expensive cruise here- for example: jog a different route together. It breaks the monotony and changes your conversation.”
CBS: What can we expect to see on the next season of Giuliana & Bill?
GR: “Well, we just wrapped season three and we’re in the process right now of deciding if there will be a season four. If we do it, we will definitely want some time off! It’s been really nice not having the cameras around.”
CBS: Do you have any upcoming projects you would like to tell our readers about?
GR: “Currently, I’m in the middle of awards season and all the red carpet shows and I also have The Fashion Police with Joan Rivers that’s on Friday nights on E!- which is just a blast; my website (and right now, it’s off to a great start!) and traveling. This Thursday (January 20th) I will be in Miami supporting Dress for Success for Tropicana Trop50 with the “Girlfriends Giving Goodness” event. You can go to the Trop50 to nominate your best girlfriend for a $1000 award. The most fabulous stories will be considered and with every submission, Trop50 will donate $10 to Dress for Success.”