Jillian Michaels knows how to keep a secret. She shocked many by announcing that she’s a lesbian and her partner Heidi Rhoades are new parents of not one, but two babies – one adopted, one Heidi’s biological child.
A lot has changed for Jillian over the course of the past year and even more changes are on the way. Jillian recently announced that she’s returning to The Biggest Loser. Here are some interview excerpts from Redbook.
On being open about her relationship with Heidi Rhoades: “When we were having kids, I thought, How am I supposed to hide a newborn? So we thought, Let’s talk about it. It wasn’t so much about coming out. It was more about, okay, this is my family.”
On gaining weight after becoming a mom: “I went to interview Suze Orman for The Insider, and her wife said, ‘You’re chubby!.’ And Suze said, “You look like a mommy now.” I look at my body and I go: ‘five pounds heavier.’ But part of me really likes it.”
On what she’s learned as a mother: “You can’t have it all, and you have to make some tough decisions. I used to think you could, but you can’t. I didn’t understand that something has to give. Now friends will go to Vegas for the weekend and we’re like, “Take pictures.” When Lu looks at me and goes, “Mama, I love you!” I go, “Who needs Vegas?”
On fostering a healthy body image:
“We talk about role models for her, like Beyoncé, who has a more curvaceous figure. My taste has changed. I prefer that look. For now, I want to look a little softer.”