Giuliana and Bill Rancic announce they’re expecting a baby via gestational carrier

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Giuliana and Bill Rancic have been open about their fertility treatments and struggle to conceive, documenting Giuliana’s two rounds of IVF on their Style Network reality show, Giuliana and Bill. Things took a very serious turn for them last summer when Giuliana was diagnosed with breast cancer (she had lumps in both of her breasts) and ultimately had a double mastectomy and reconstruction following an initial unsuccessful lumpectomy.

Bill and Giuliana put their baby plans on hold temporarily following Giuliana’s cancer diagnosis, and they just announced that they’re expecting a baby via gestational carrier! They wouldn’t reveal the baby’s gender, and said he/she is due in late summer. Congratulations to them:

Giuliana, who co-hosts “Fashion Police” on E! and who shares a reality show with Bill (“Giuliana & Bill” on Style Network) explained that her baby’s carrier lives “out of state” and is married with two children. The couple wants to guard her privacy and not cause additional stress during her pregnancy, so they did not go into many more details about her, though they say they visit “every month” and appear to have a good relationship with her. Giuliana calls the carrier her “my baby mama.”

“This was our last stop,” said Bill. “This was it. We had those two embryos that we had banked prior to learning about the breast cancer, and with the medicine she was on (which meant Giuliana will have to wait years before trying to personally get pregnant), this was our last effort. The prayers were answered.”

Both smiling parents-to-be were upbeat, and talked about turning “negatives into positives.” And Giuliana seemed particularly grateful: “The more you focus on the positive, the more you are grateful for the good things in your life, the more good things come to you. I’ve really seen that. I have a great husband … and I have a baby on the way. What more can I ask for, really?”

[From The Today Show]

In terms of the difference between a “gestational carrier” and a “surrogate,” a gestational carrier is pregnant with the baby for the couple, which is biologically theirs. They used one of two embryos which was leftover from Bill and Giuliana’s IVF process, prior to her cancer diagnosis. Maybe I’m just PMSing today but this really got me choked up. I’m not even a big fan of theirs. Giuliana still bugs me, but you can tell they’re a solid couple with a lot of love to give a child. I’m actually excited to see their baby.

Bill and Guiliana Rancic

Bill and Guiliana Rancic

Bill and Guiliana Rancic

Bill and Guiliana Rancic

Bill and Giuliana are shown outside the Today Show on 4-2-12, credit: Mr. Blue/WENN.com, at an event in Chicago on 3-1-12, credit: C.M. Wiggins/WENN.com, and at Bright Pink’s Fab Fest wellness event in Chicago on 4-15-12. Credit: Cindy Barrymore/FameFlynet Pictures

 

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  1. Franny says:

    YAY! I’m excited for them. I’m not like, their biggest fan or anything, but they honestly want to have a child, and have tried to move the moon to make it happen. So happy for them to have such happy news in regards to everything that has happened to them in the last couple of years. I’m almost surprised it took this long for them to decide on this method.

  2. Christie says:

    I have no feelings whatsoever for these people, but to finally have the baby that you’ve wanted for so long, with all the heartbreak it must have caused not being able to conceive…

    It must be the best feeling ever.

    So; congratulations to the soon-to-be mum and dad.

  3. marybeth18 says:

    That’s nice news. Anytime people who really, really want to be parents are able to be, I’m happy for them. They’ve had so many obstacles come up in their quest to be parents, clearly they must really, really want a baby to go to all of these extremes and it’s wonderful that it’s worked out for them.

    I think that surrogacy is a great, selfless thing.

    And before everyone jumps in to judge them for not adopting (and yes, there are many, many children in the world who need homes), first it’s a very personal decision that has to feel right for the individuals making it, and second with her recent history of cancer, adoption may not have been possible. A clean bill of health is required for most private and international adoptions, and adopting out of foster care comes with its own huge emotional rollercoaster.

  4. heatheradair says:

    Well, few couples seem to want it more than they do, so congrats to ‘em.

    And GEEEEEEZ, she looks infinitely better without the makeup…..

  5. Nev says:

    nice.

    I am happy for them…seem to be such a strong couple…supportive and positive despite the bumps.

    love the show.

    good luck to them…yayyyyyyyy!!

  6. CreamSoda says:

    I was all set to watch the G&B show later to find out if the gestational carrier was pregnant, but now I don’t have to wait. This is exciting news for them. I had breast cancer in my late 20s and went through years of treatment thinking I might never be able to get pregnant either so I have a soft spot for these two and what they’ve been through. I am 38 and pregnant with my 2nd so anything is possible. I’m glad they found an option that works for them. Best of luck to these two and their growing family.

  7. Britt says:

    Congratulations to them both, I hope everything goes smoothly for the pregnancy. She has been through the mill, and it certainly makes sense to use a gestational carrier to give them the baby they’ve wanted for so long. I wish them the very best.

  8. Celia says:

    nice to see that with enough money you can buy everything… -.-

  9. mel2 says:

    Happy for them and happy that they chose to go this route. I lost a high school friend to breast cancer. Her doctor advised her to never to get pregnant.

  10. hillbillygirl45 says:

    I’m VERY happy for them, I, too, got teared up when I saw them on the Today Show. This baby will be so loved….Congratulations to them both!

  11. Michelle says:

    Celia: that is a ridiculous statement. I have a friend who used a gestational carrier. She isnt a millionaire but wanted to have children. Everyone takes a different path and G wasn’t able to get pregnant. As someone who is experiencing infertility first hand, your comment is ignorant and rude.

  12. backwards says:

    She annoys me but all the best to them, the baby and carrier.

  13. jc126 says:

    Congrats to them!

    I know that surrogates sometimes contribute an egg, but not always; sometimes they are also gestational carriers. Like the Beyonce talk, I always thought it referred to a surrogate carrying the biological child of Beyonce and Jay Z.

  14. me says:

    Congratulations to the both of them. They have really been through alot the past few years. I always wondered why they didn’t use a carrier before. So happy for them !

  15. Jen says:

    Well, good, she won’t have to gain any weight then.

  16. Ell says:

    I am a fan and I’m having a rare weepy day, this news has me in pieces, so happy for them.

    Their latest season started showing here in the UK last week…whether you like her of not the courage Giulianna has shown throughout her IVF treatments and then the cancer has been impressive. I hope all goes well for them with their new family.

  17. Rosmarina says:

    This is great news for them! I’m pregnant now fromIVF and it is a stressful, difficult procedure. While my husband and I are thrilled about the pregnancy, I’ve got to say I’m a little jealous that she can still have a beer or martini whenever she likes…

  18. lucy2 says:

    I don’t care for them either, but I’m happy for their good news.

  19. Jayna says:

    I am so happy for them. They will be great parents, and when you meet a man you love so much, you really do want to see a mini him running around.

    When she decided to have a double mastectetomy she said that way she wouldn’t have to do anything else and would never have to look over her shoulder. But I saw her in an interview state she has had to go on a chemotherapy pill, so I wonder if they got it all or what. If they didn’t and needed to kill the rest with a mild form of chemotherapy, that goes to show how aggressive her cancer was. What a miracle she found out early only because of being required to have a mamogram for their next round of IVF.

  20. Reece says:

    Good for them! I honestly didn’t think they would last but they have. They have survived a lot of trouble so good for them!

  21. G says:

    I can’t say a bad thing about them.

    Really more couples should have a look at how well they have supported each other.

  22. JudyK says:

    LOVE them! Best couple on the planet. Ecstatic for them.

  23. mymy says:

    I hope she has boys. The girls will have to suffer from a mom with a eating disorder. Full on.I am of the opinion it was said eating disorder that kept her from getting pregnant even after ivf.
    Her husband Bill seems like a smart guy. Yet this very problem seems to escape him.
    Yes 10 pounds matter when it isn’t your natural weight. Your body reacts as if you are in the process of starvation and will not allow a pregnancy. She skirted all around the issue. Subjected herself to massive quantities of hormones. Her love of the shallow Hollywood lifestyle comes across loud and clear.Her obsession on her looks goes beyond normal. Her opinions on fashion are not that good. But it will be nice to have something else in her life to obsess over. Get ready for all the baby talk and pictures. This couple does nothing that is private. Nothing

  24. Daphne says:

    Oh, I adore them and their show! SO happy for them.

  25. sneds says:

    A small part of me feels like she shouldn’t be having a baby because she refused to put on weight in order to help her conceive during the beginning of all these treatments. Sort of feels like a cop out to hire a surrogate because you don’t want to eat more…

    I know it all changed when she had breast cancer and it said her medications make her unable to conceive so I understand that part of it. Just a small part of me thinks if you’re not willing to give everything to have a child…

  26. Jayna says:

    Bill Rancic has an unbelievable body and he has so much common sense about him. I watched their show this season and the way he approaches handling her cancer and his support I was in awe of. So many husbands aren’t great in a time of illness or death of their wife’s loved ones, like parents, and put their heads in the sand. Bill is a catch for sure.

  27. G says:

    I think the amateur diagnosis here on the the 10 pounds is just plain bitchy.

    Since she had breast cancer at such a young age it seem more likely that she’s got some hormonal issues. And, for a TV celebrity she seems pretty un-diva-ish.”

  28. Jdao says:

    Yay! I’m so happy and excited for them!

  29. hstl1 says:

    Good for them! I just wish they didn’t feel the need to announce EVERYTHING on TV. It is so famewhore.

    @Jayna, I do agree that Bill seems pretty great!

  30. some bitch says:

    Best of luck to them both. Hope everything goes well and she enjoys good health for years to come. Cancer is a bitch.

    Outfit #2 is awesome.

  31. Lia says:

    This is such happy news! I wish them, and their little one, all the very best.

  32. of says:

    I was never a fan of these two, but they didn’t really bother me until the cancer diagnosis. I found it somewhat offensive saying she was “fighting for her life” with Stage 1. I’ve known people who have died from it and that was after fighting for years. My mom had cancer at 19 and does not dwell on it. She survived and had me 5 years later, If anything, I have more respect for people who don’t want to be the center of attention, “look at me, I have cancer!” I understand celebrities who want to share their stories, but sometimes privacy is a good thing. But good for them having a baby, I wish them the best!

    • Ell says:

      No offensive, I disagree. I think the fact they are in the public eye gave them the opportunity to encourage people to get tested. On CB alone I saw lots of posts saying they would go for a test because of Giulianna’s news.

      Awareness can only be a positive thing.

  33. Kel says:

    I didn’t care too much for her before seeing a biography special and learning more about her story from the beginning. She’s really a nice person from a nice family and seems down to earth. I’m so happy to hear about a baby who will be wanted and loved so much. Congrats!

  34. Guest1 says:

    Congratulations to them. I have actually grown to like her and find her fun to watch, especially when she is on the red carpet. She has been through a lot. I use to think she had it all money, a great job and marriage, but all that does not guarantee your health

  35. Benny says:

    I was hoping they didn’t have a kid. She’s got major eating disorder, which means emotional or mental problems that she needs to deal with first. And he seems like a class-A dick, not even acknowledging his wife needs helps. Other than having money, I don’t see what qualities they have that would make them good parents.

    But, it’s America. Anyone can have a baby.

  36. jane says:

    They seem like a likeable couple to me and I actually enjoy their show. Don’t understand the hate for this couple; they’ve been through a lot. Having gone thru infertility myself and then finally having one of my own after several years of trying, I know how they feel. The excuse I used for my unknown infertility problems was that it created “humbleness,” which it has for me. I want to punch some parents next to me who had it so easy and then complain about having kids.

  37. Maritza says:

    They are a lovely couple and they deserve to have a baby of their own, I’m happy for them.

  38. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    If they really wanted a baby so badly, they had the money to adopt or use egg donors. Not all couples have that luxury. So either they didn’t want a kid that badly, or they felt only their own biological offspring was good enough, which reeks of narcissism. But considering the shallow people in Hollywood, especially no-talents who’s only claim to fame are reality shows, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

    And I totally agree with poster above who said she couldn’t even bother to gain 10 pounds like the doctor said to. Narcissists don’t always make the best parents. But considering the number of people who actually watch their show, which will probably be even more once they have a baby to pimp out, I guess they have the last laugh.

    • Kim says:

      I 100% agree it absolutely reeks of narcissism.

    • Anahata says:

      I don’t like her and agree that she has an eating disorder (I gladly gained that weight and more for my twins when going thru ivf!!) but I don’t think wanting a biological child makes you a narcissist. It’s a personal choice and it’s an extremely emotional decision which I think no one should be judged for. However I don’t know that she’s ready for the millions of tougher sacrifices she has coming (tougher than a tiny bit of weight gain) now that a baby is on the way….

  39. Kim says:

    Im disappointed in them. Nothing wrong with people having babies but if you cant have a baby on your own I think its extremely selfish to not adopt. Think how many babies out there dont have parents or a home and so desperately want and deserve one.

    • Cindy says:

      Who the hell are you to decide who “should” adopt? You’re not superior just because your medical problems, if any, don’t cause infertility. Anyone who pontificates about it being other people’s responsibility to adopt all the orphans better have an adopted kid of their own at home, otherwise you are a hypocrite!

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        The difference is, the Rancics had a full public relations blitz on how much they wanted a baby. They wanted one sooo desperately. Not enough for the Mrs. to gain 10 pounds (because you know how the camera already adds 10 pounds), but sooo desperately. The Mr. called the gestational carrier the “last stop.”

        So why is it the “last stop?” What the hell is so wrong with orphans that a couple who wants a child soooo desperately, will not even consider adopting? If they hadn’t focused their reality show on how desperate they were for a child, people wouldn’t throw around the “adoption” word. THEY made having a child seem (but only SEEM) soooo important to them. But I guess only a biological child will suffice.

      • anon33 says:

        I want just ONE of you sanctimonious b8tches to stand up right now and say you would give back your bio child to adopt one. Come on, I’m waiting!

        I also don’t understand how it is any more “narcissist” to decide to use a surrogate than it is to decide to conceive and birth a child. Just because you were lucky enough to have functioning body parts, doesn’t make you any more moral or superior than anyone who chooses a surrogate because they can’t get pregnant.

        Just because someone can’t get pregnant, they should give up on having their “own” child? Did anyone ask YOU to give up that right?? No, right? Did you EVEN CONSIDER adopting before getting pregnant? No, right?

        Yes, she said she didn’t want to gain weight. I’m so sure that 100% explains why she couldn’t get pregnant. Bottom line is, she couldn’t get pregnant, and then was diagnosed with breast cancer at a very young age. As someone noted above, that indicates hormonal/other issues that likely had NOTHING to do with her supposed “mental health” issues.

        Let me ask you all another question, do you consider obese people “mentally ill” and therefore unfit to raise children? They, too, have disordered eating patterns, correct? Which affect their children?

        Antiquated, elitist, and most of all, sad.

      • MB says:

        I completely agree. All of the comments saying that pursuing options other than adoption are making me really angry.
        Obviously not a single person making those comments is an adoptive parent; If they were, they would rightfully be saying that the decision to adopt a child is a very serious one (not to mention complicated, and not always successful) and is not for everyone.
        Apparently receiving any kind of reproductive assistance is wrong, and if you are unlucky enough to not have the stars and planets align for you and your chosen partner, you should be out there picking up the slack for those people that pop out kids and then cant or wont look after them (most adopted children in America were *not* orphans). The staggering number of children that require loving and stable homes is a tragedy, but it doesnt make a person “selfsh” or “narcissistic” to want to try all options to have a child that is the perfect product of you and your partner rather than adopt.

        Personally, I am happy for these two. They are in a loving relationship, are hard working, and have been through a hell of a lot. Good for them.

      • Evan Cummings says:

        I was adopted at 3 and it changed my life. Obviously I’m all for it. But adoption isn’t for everyone & the only people who should adopt are those who really want to, otherwise they probably won’t be well suited to it. I do want to say to people who wonder if they could truly love a child who isn’t their blood — you aren’t related to your spouse by blood and you fell in love with them, right? And you can deeply love an adopted baby. But to each his/her own – its a personal choice.

    • Daphne says:

      just curious if all of you who are criticizing the desire to have a biological child have actually adopted children yourselves?

      and if you haven’t adopted because you don’t want children, then this probably isn’t the right discussion for you to be a part of. not saying you can’t have an opinion – of course, you can! – just sayin’ you don’t understand.

      • GiGi says:

        I have both bio and adopted children. I think any path to a child is honorable. Before I adopted I felt differently and thought, “If you really want a baby, any baby should be good enough”. That was until my caseworker told me a story about a couple who said they “didn’t think they’d want a colored baby.” she thought – well, good! Because you shouldn’t have anything but a baby of your own race with that attitude.

        The point is – only you know what path is best for you. Congrats to both of them!

  40. Bird says:

    I am very happy for them, I was hoping this would happen!

  41. Dolly Llama says:

    Didn’t anyone think of adoption? Seriously. So many children out there that need a loving home. I don’t get it.

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      I don’t get it either. When I hear someone wants to have a baby, I do NOT immediately think “adoption.” But when the couple goes on and on about how important it is for them to have baby, and how they are UNABLE to, then I start to think “what’s wrong with adoption?”

      But in hindsight, if they adopted solely because of social pressure or for tv ratings (because it’s clear they have no interest in any baby that is not biologically theirs), it’s only the baby that will suffer for it. So maybe it’s better this way.

      Narcissists should NOT adopt just because their tv audience thinks it’s a good idea. If they are not capable of loving a non-biological child, then I guess they shouldn’t adopt. But I don’t have a very good opinion of people who are incapable of loving a non-biological baby. For the Mrs., I do give her a LITTLE more slack because she seems to have emotional disorder (anorexia) and probably is not capable of making good decisions (didn’t gaining the weight the doctor told her to). I’m gonna give her the benefit of the doubt and say it’s a true emotional disorder and not just vanity.

  42. SRT says:

    Because of her I had a mammogram, had a lesion biopsied, but all is well.

  43. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    It would be cool for Giulana and Bill do a baby blog on people magazine as well about their experience.

  44. Alex'sMommy says:

    So sick of everyone that takes offense of others not adopting. Not your choice or life. Get over yourself. You don’t have to be a narcicist to want a child made of your own DNA. F*ck off

  45. Hmmm says:

    “Gestational carrier”? What a godawful, dehumanising and objectifying way to talk about women, as if we’re not dehumanised and objectified enough.

    And don’t give me that crap, that it’s a technical term. Words inform perception. This is revolting. How thrilling that some woman is renting out her womb for big $$$$$.

    • Evan Cummings says:

      Re: “renting out her womb for big bucks”: it is against the law for anyone, no matter how rich they are, to pay a surrogate more money than her exact expenses, such as medical, rent, food. If it ever got out that the Rancic’s over-compensated it would be a huge problem for them. The law sees that as “baby trafficking”.

  46. Amy says:

    Adoption vs. gestational carrier vs. surrogacy…

    Adoption is a wonderful thing.

    But just so all the adoption police know, sometimes the adopted kids grow up resenting their adoptive parents. My former roommate was adopted from Korea and based on the things she told me about her adoptive mother, it sounds like the lady had no business having kids. Due to her personal experience, my roommate is very anti-adoption which is very sad to see.

    And I realize that my friend’s experience is isolated. For every bad adoption story, there are thousands of positive ones. But please consider that adoption isn’t always the best option either.

  47. Jayna says:

    Btw, they said several times last year however it happens they would have a family and mention adoption. They only had two embryos left. they were saying if this didn’t work that was the end of them trying to have their own biological child,that it wasn’t meant to be, not that that was the end of them having a family. They would move on to other ways.

    My friend and his wife adopted a little girl. For the past ten years their life has been hell in many ways. she has been violent to his wife, gies into violent rages. The child has been to every kind of therapist for years. They are a great couple who wanted a child, but their stories are frightening and exhausting. My friend has an adopted son who has suffered all kinds of emotional problems since 12. He is 17 and all she does is worry about him and his behavior.

    My friend is a twin. They were so beautiful, but she told me she and her sister had issues from their Tweens on and both have been on antidepressants on and off for years. She told me they never felt part of the family due to their own issues, not the parents or siblings who adored them. It took her into late 20s to find happiness. She and her twin truly adore their parents, who are wonderful people, and regret all their parents went through with them and knows she hurt them. She told me she doesn’t think she could ever adopt a child.

  48. hopperlea says:

    Good for them. On a side note. Hopefully she will get her unhealthy ideas about food under control before the baby is born.

    Now let the non-stop famewhoring of the Rancic newborn/newborns begin…in…3…2…1. Oops! Already started with the embryo/s.

  49. Camille (The original) says:

    That’s lovely news, congrats to them.

  50. bree says:

    Totally agree with anon33 and MB.
    Mrs. Krabby-pants-apple keeps posting about adoption but clearly hasn’t adopted herself! Please get over the 10 lbs; let it go. You do not know everything.

  51. Belle Epoch says:

    1. Bobblehead with eating disorder refuses to gain 10 pounds in order to conceive naturally (doctor’s advice)
    2. She goes through 2 rounds of IVF, which is a MAJOR hormonal disruption and might contribute to breast cancer
    3. She wanted to try a third IVF but the doctor insisted she get a mammogram first
    4. Bingo, breast cancer. She chose double mastectomy so that she could still try to get pregnant someday.
    5. Offensive People cover story on “fighting for her life.” I’m sure she saw people who really WERE fighting for their lives at the cancer center. Her surgery is all wrapped up in time for New Year’s appearance on TV.
    6. Change in story. “Last shot” is now someone else carrying the embryo for them. Good plan – this person will probably eat.
    7. We will never hear the end of this. Story rights probably already sold to People.

  52. Isa says:

    Due at the end of the summer? Bless that woman’s heart x 2!

  53. queen says:

    I didnt have an opinion about either of them until there was a G&B marathon on E the other day when I was sick – Now I feel like I’m on their journey with them. I’m so pleased to hear they are expecting, congrats to them!

  54. aenflex says:

    …Or she could just eat and have her own baby.

  55. Str8Shooter says:

    Why does anyone even give a rat’s ass if these people are expecting a baby? Are they the first ones to ever do this? Will it be an alien baby???

    Man. I have never seen such uninteresting people act as if every declaration they make is somehow news-worthy.

    Yawn.

  56. Karolina says:

    I completely agree, anyone who is so dumb and selfish and REFUSES to gain 10 (!!!!) pounds in order to be able to conceive is an incredibly moron and does not deserve to have a child. Her breast cancer is tragic, but there might also be a link to IVF treatments. After all I never felt a bit sorry for her, because she caused her infertility herself, please, she looked like a goddamn corpse.

  57. Francesca says:

    With her history of BRCA I find it selfish of them to go to these great lengths to have a biological child. Sorry but the chances of that child carrying her same genes is 100%. Why not adopt??? There are a million children out there that need parents.

  58. kristi says:

    who cares that they didnt choose adoption. dont give them flak for it; adoption wouldnt be my choice either if i had to make that choice. sorry, but i wouldnt want to raise someone else’s kid, and there is NOTHING wrong with that. i am really happy for them, they have gone through so much, and who knows what their personal reasons were for not choosing adoption. maybe they didnt want to just give up on the two embryos they had leftover from their ivf. whatever their reasons were they shouldnt be judged for it.

  59. sandcastles says:

    as an adopted person-as a matter o fact, i was taken away from my biological mother and made a ward of the court when I was 7 months old.I lived in a foster home until I was adopted when I was 2. My parents have always been good to me. I find this shaming of not adopting children horrendous. i think it takes special people to adopt a child, and I don’t think that people that want to have their own biological children should be subject to this terrible shaming(for lack of a better word) Even after my own situation, I know I couldn’t adopt, and I don’t think I, or anyone else should be made to feel bad about our decisions. why are we so hateful about what people decide to do about their own personal lives?