‘Guiliana and Bill’ shows viewers how to make a marriage workBy Lilia Borlongan-Alvarez
Philippine Daily Inquirer
DESPITE having lived a life of glamor, fame and fortune, handsome Hollywood couple Guiliana DePandi and Bill Rancic have successfully dealt not only with the pressures of being in the limelight, but also with life’s blows that have come one after another—she as entertainment journalist, “E! News” host and cohost of “Fashion Police,” and he as a successful businessman and motivational speaker.
The new episodes of the fifth season of their hit reality TV series, “Guiliana & Bill,” take viewers behind the scenes of their real-life marriage after their fairy tale wedding in Italy in 2005.
First they narrate how they struggled to bear a child, and running out of options, how they resorted to in vitro fertilization (IVF). She finally got pregnant—but she would have a miscarriage a few months later!
Then, Guiliana and Bill had to deal with the shock of learning that she had breast cancer, and deciding that she undergo lumpectomy, then a double mastectomy.
As if these were not enough, her doctor told them she could not get pregnant for five years because of her cancer, so they were advised to resort to what they called “a gestational carrier”—a woman who would conceive for Guiliana and Bill, bearing her egg and his sperm also in vitro and carrying it to full term!
The nicest thing about Guiliana and Bill is their effort not to nag each other, but rather to patiently listen to what the other has to say—and find humor in everything they do.
Sure, they argue and disagree over petty and big things. But, they know how to get themselves back to meaningful and dignified conversation, keeping their emotions in check—and their voices down.
Guiliana says “While we cannot control what life brings us, we can control how we react.” Bill, on other hand, shares, “Life’s experiences make us who we are—accept, embrace and use this to create the world you deserve!”
“Guiliana & Bill” is a voice in the wilderness crying out that marriage is for keeps—even in tough times.
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