Super-trainer to the stars Jillian Michaels makes her long-awaited return to The Biggest Loser on Sunday to help a new season of contestants go from fat to fit. As she tells TV Guide Magazine, “No matter what else I do — and I’ve done everything: radio shows, DVDs, books — there’s something about the show that gets in people’s heads in a way that other mediums just can’t.”
Jillian isn’t the same person she was when she left the show back in 2010. Last year, she became a mother twice in quick succession when she adopted toddler daughter Lukensia from Haiti the same week her partner, Heidi Rhoades, gave birth to their son, Phoenix.
Up until that point, Jillian had been keeping her private life quiet. But, knowing people would see her with the children, she felt she had no choice but to go public with her relationship and the details of their parenthood journey.
“People were pretty supportive,” she says. “We’ve got it all going on in our household — two moms and a black daughter — so I thought we were going to get it from every angle. But for the most part, people basically said, ‘God bless. Congratulations!’ ”
Jillian happily accepts the new chaos in her home, and loves playing raucous games with her children. “It’s a zoo in our home. That’s my fault, because I’m the biggest kid,” Jillian says.
She even takes the ickier moments in stride. “You know your life has changed when your baby pees on you and you just leave the shirt on. You think, ‘He’s just going to puke on me in a minute,” she says. “But it’s worth it in every way.”
But if you think being a mom has made her a kinder, gentler fitness coach, think again. Just a few months into filming Biggest Loser, Jillian has already sent home several contestants who weren’t serious about losing weight. “I really wanted to be [softer], but that’s not the case,” Jillian tells the magazine. “I feel like aspects of my business and home life are being sacrificed for me to be here, and I need that sacrifice to be worth it.”
For more of Jillian’s insights, pick up the new issue of TV Guide Magazine.
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