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Giuliana: Abusive ex made me who I am today

Published 07/04/2015

Giuliana Rancic
Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana Rancic has opened up about being in a verbally abusive relationship when she was just 16 years old, but says the experience made her the strong woman she is today.

The 40-year-old E! presenter has penned a book entitled ‘Going Off Script: How I Survived a Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney’s 32 On-Screen Rejections’.

In the tome, mother-of-one Giuliana discusses various aspects of her life, including the former romance.

“I was 16, I was already lacking self esteem, like a lot of young girls, to begin with, and I got into a relationship with a boy that I thought was better than me,” Giuliana told E! News. “

“Not long after we started dating, he became very, very verbally abusive to me. And then it led to, literally, making me look in the mirror and saying, ‘Look at you. Look how ugly you are. No one will ever love you…’ And the reason I ended up writing about it is because—and I’ve never revealed this—but to this day, I still hear his voice say it to me.”

“When I hear that, his voice, I have to block it out and go, no, no, no, no, no. He was the ugly one.”

Giuliana is now happily married to Bill Rancic, with whom she has a two-year-old son Duke.

But she says she doesn’t regret having made a bad choice in terms of the abusive relationship, because it ended up shaping her into the woman she is today.

“It’s just important to know that it’s not how you get kicked down, it’s how you recover,” she said. “I look back at my weaknesses as a teenage girl, I realise that my weaknesses back then are my power today.”

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