Jillian Michaels on Adoption and Trying Foster Care


TV’s favorite tough as nails fitness trainer, Jillian Michaels,  is on the cover of October’s Redbook Magazine, and she’s opening up about her struggles with adoption, and maybe even wanting to try foster care.  Jillian’s the newest cast member of The Doctors.  She made the jump from the Biggest Loser, because she had always dreamed of being on daytime TV and the chance to truly make a difference in people’s lives.  What would make a huge difference in Jillian’s life would be if her dream of adoting a child finally would come true.  For two years she’s has been trying to adopt a child from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Jillian told Redbook just how frustrating it’s been, saying, “I’ve watched friends congratulate me on [starting] the process, get pregnant themselves, have a baby, and then their baby’s crawling. People are lapping me. My best friend just told me she’s pregnant, and of course I’m ecstatic, but I’m also like, Uhhh! [gestures stabbing herself]. Like, I want my kid to be playing with your kids! It’s just a nightmare.”  Jillian even opens up to Redbook about infertility.

She shares, “Turns out I had PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). But at a young age, I didn’t know if I wanted kids, so I didn’t really care. Then I got older, and I watched friends go through IVF, with years of hormones and devastation and disappointment, and I remember thinking God wants something different for me. If I choose to pursue this path, I’ll adopt. And when I was finally ready to go for it, I thought, This is going to be so easy. I am such an a—hole. I had nooo idea.”   But, just like you’d expect, Jillian is not giving up her dream of helping a child and being a mom, adding, “If it’s not done by this November, I’m going to take my shot with foster care.”  For more on this story, and for new photos of Jillian, go to and pick up the October issue of REDBOOK, on newsstands September 13th.

photo credit: Sheryl Nields for REDBOOK

For more photos of Jillian, go to and pick up the October issue of REDBOOK, on newsstands September 13th.