We're accustomed to Jillian Michaels' no-nonsense approach to fitness and weight loss, so it shouldn't surprise us that she has a candid attitude when it comes to several other facets of her life. Michaels graces the cover of the November issue of Health magazine, and she doesn't hold back when she talks about being gay, aging and the show that made her a household name.
In May 2012, Michaels revealed that she is gay. Since then, she has become a mother to a son and daughter with partner Heidi Rhoades. In Health magazine, the Biggest Loser trainer admits, "The gay thing has always been hard for me. When Heidi and I are out and somebody older asks, 'Are you sisters?' I say, 'We're friends.' I guess it comes from thinking that they will be shocked or disturbed. Look, I wish I had some strapping football player husband. It would be such a dream to be 'normal' like that, but I'm just not."
Michaels admits she doesn't work out every day with a "hell no." When asked if she enjoys working out, she also reveals, "I watch the clock every minute." And when it comes to her weekly yoga class, all she can say about that is, "Mother of God, why do I come back here every Saturday?"
"People assume that I think I'm better than that show. I do not. Also, there's a misconception that I keep leaving. On Season 3, I was fired. On Season 11, I asked for time off to start a family. In this go-round, it was a mutual decision. I wanted to make some creative changes, but I was not a producer. I need some control in something with my name attached to it."
What is Michaels' problem area? "My butt. That's the worst. I work hard on it — and I used to have a double butt — but it's never going to be perfect. In my fantasy world, there would be some magic cure for cellulite. Nothing works. God knows that I've tried it all." Michaels goes on to say, "I ironed my ass with a laser. It didn't work at all."
"I've been approached about having mutual approval over everything to do a reality show. It's interesting because we can talk about parenting, relationships, health — all the things that are important to me. But then I think, 'What if I open up and people attack us just because we're a gay family?' It scares the hell out of me."
"I've become more controlling with my body. As I've gotten older, I'm like, 'I refuse to accept aging as a descent into decrepitude.' And the irony is that at 40, I'm in better shape than I've ever been."
"Forget the elliptical. It's a waste of your time. Do incline walking instead. It's way more effective and burns a hell of a lot more calories."
"I use coconut oil for everything. It's antimicrobial, it's antifungal, and it's moisturizing."
"I just launched a clothing line with Kmart. I'm also writing another book for new mommies. It's about how to get your body back after pregnancy and give your kid every opportunity to be as healthy as possible."
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