E! News Correspondent Giuliana Rancic and husband Apprentice Alum Bill insist their marriage is priority above their son Duke despite raising cricisms.
Rancic said in a February interview with US Weekly, "We're husband and wife, but we're also best friends, and it's funny because a lot of people, when they have kids, they put the baby first, and the marriage second," says the 37-year-old breast-cancer survivor. "That works for some people. For us, I find, we put our marriage first and our child second, because the best thing we can do for him is have a strong marriage."
While some affirmed her view, others felt the Fashion Police co-host's priorities were out of order.
Commentor Reesheda Evans wrote, "The idea of putting your husband or wife over your child's well being sounds ridiculous regardless of whether its a dangerous situation or not. The children are defenseless as a grown up you are not and I dont know about you but I would give my life for my child and if i had to make a choice of saving my husband or our child i would save our child and he would doe [sic] the same thing. As a parent you are supposed to be selfless."
Another commenter Tisha Kreutzer-Barela wrote, "I love my husband, but nothing, and I mean nothing compares to my children."
Rancic said in a follow up article posted on E!'s website "Bill and I understand that my comments have sparked some debate and feel it is a good thing to open the conversation about how to find a balance between your marriage and your children."
She then defended the statement saying "Your relationship is the first example your child learns from and we will do everything we can to show our child how much we love, respect and are devoted to one another. He can only benefit from this, and hopefully it will carry over into his other relationships throughout his life."
Rancic's view of marriage is likely a byproduct of her Catholic faith. She told People magazine that her faith has grown deeper since her bout with breast cancer.
"We go to church every Sunday. And we did before, but it never meant as a much as it does now. We prayed on our own, but now we prayed together and you’ll never know how much that means until you do it. Bill and I have changed our lives in that one way," she shared.