Giada De Laurentiis: The Sweet Life

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The Death of Giada's Brother

Is this a lesson you learned after your younger brother, Dino, died?

Yes, when he was 29 he found out he had skin cancer and was dead within nine months. It was such a shock to have someone die that fast, that young. I realized at that point that life is so fragile, you have to make the most of it.

With all the TV shows and businesses you keep adding to your schedule, how are you able to stay calm?

Any woman who has children and a career feels a lot of stress. We think we're superwomen, but we're not, and it's okay to ask for help. My husband puts my daughter to bed and gets her up in the morning. And I have two wonderful women who help take care of Jade with me. But I want my daughter to see a strong woman who goes after what she wants. I used to feel so guilty when I left to travel for work, but now I think of it as my escape. It gives my husband time to miss me, and it's bonding time for him and Jade.

You've said you didn't care about getting married or having kids, yet you did both.

I met my husband when I was 19 and he was 28. There were a lot of things I wanted to do, and getting married wasn't one of them. I didn't want a man to rule my life, and I knew that having a career and making my own money would be important. Fortunately, Todd helped me gain the confidence to continue in our relationship even when there were ups and downs. It took us 13 years to get married, and when he asked me, I was ready.

What changed your mind about kids?

To be honest, I got pregnant by accident. I didn't even admit the pregnancy to myself until I started showing at five months. I remember going into labor and saying to my husband, "Oh my God, this baby is going to change our lives forever." It was a scary moment. But our daughter has been such a joy, and now I can't imagine life without her. Everyone asks when I'm going to have another one. I'm 41. The clock is ticking. If it happens, it happens.

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