Giuliana Rancic, Bill Rancic, Duke Rancic

Courtesy: Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana Rancic is explaining what she really meant when she told Us Weekly that she and husband Bill Rancic "put our marriage first and our child second."

In an exclusive statement to E! News, Giuliana said, "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.

"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."

"After seven years together," she concluded, "we adore and respect one another more than ever and are proud of the bond we share and will continue to share it with our son, whom we love very much."

As tends to happen, the pull-out quote about marriage coming first and their child second ended up overshadowing the second half of Giuliana's sentence, which was: "because the best thing we can do for him is have a strong marriage."

And there you have it. Giuliana and Bill tied the knot on Sept. 1, 2007, and welcomed son Edward Duke on Aug. 29.

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