Fierce And Fab

Best known as the tough talking buff from The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels proved this year just how gutsy she really is by quietly coming out, becoming a mother of two seemingly overnight and jumping back into the gym with Bob and Dolvette.

The Biggest Loser's Jillian MichaelsLoving out loud

Since the world first met Jillian Michaels on The Biggest Loser, speculation stirred about the fitness guru’s sexuality. Although she never openly dated anyone on the celebrity circuit, rumor had it she and actress Vanessa Marcil shared a brief fling. Curiosities piqued in 2010 when Michaels told Ladies Home Journal, "If I fall in love with a woman, that’s awesome. If I fall in love with a man, that’s awesome. As long as you fall in love… It’s like organic food. I only eat healthy food, and I only want healthy love!" All suspicions were laid to rest this year, however, when Jillian openly acknowledged her love for longtime partner Heidi Rhoades.

Yes, Jillian Michaels is gay: The quiet coming out >>

Mommy... x2

If people were surprised to learn Michaels was gay, the revelation that followed her coming out likely shocked them even more — Jillian and her partner Heidi were now parents of two. Motherhood happened almost overnight for the duo, as Rhoades gave birth to the couple’s son Phoenix the same week their adoption of a 2-year-old girl from Haiti named Lukensia was finalized. Now Michaels and her partner are enjoying learning to balance life as parents of both a toddler and an infant… no easy feat, even for the tough-as-nails trainer.

Two babies and no pregnancy for Jillian Michaels >>

Back on the ranch

Two years ago, Michaels walked away from her fame-making role as a trainer on The Biggest Loser in order to focus on family. With that goal shaping up beautifully, a return to the ranch is a welcome reunion for the fitness fanatic’s fans. She’ll be rejoining old sparring partner Bob Harper — natch! — along with relative newcomer but fan favorite Dolvette Quince. Not only will this year’s show benefit from all three coaches, but it will have a new twist — the contestant age range this year dips as low as 13 years old. So how will new mom Michaels handle working with kids? "Having recently become a mother of two, I am more passionate than ever about helping empower children and families with the information and resources they need to live a healthier life," she said in a recent statement.

A familiar face returning to The Biggest Loser >>

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Comments on "Alpha example: Jillian Michaels embraces partner and parenting"

alanna February 21, 2014 | 3:41 PM

i think it is great. i have tons of biual friends some with children and they do great. congrats Jillian And Heidi

mazzie louise January 26, 2014 | 8:09 PM

wow, what a load of homophobic readers you have. two in four by these counts. what kind of world do we live in? #ashamed

BJ September 10, 2013 | 12:02 PM

I don't care what her ual preference is, it's her life and as long as she's happy. What really gets me is the idiotic comments some people make, like WilliamRobert's that said if her partner had a baby, then she can't be totally because she had to be impregnated! Dude, didn't you learn about invitro fertilization when you were in school? Maybe you didn't make it that far in grade school! Google it and then you won't make such dumb remarks. I'm a guy and even I know better than saying something that dumb. Think before you say something dumb, next time! DUHHHH

WilliamRobert April 09, 2013 | 10:21 PM

Since she is a I am not sure just how she can be a mommy since she can get pregnant nor can her wife. It is hard to understand how this can physically happen in less there is a man in the equation. Sorry but I won't be buying her crap anymore, freaky chick wants to be a dude.

Ingrid January 20, 2013 | 2:34 AM

Jillian is a real inspiration and I have a great deal of respect for her professionally. She does what she loves and excels at it! And I couldn't agree more with her regarding finding love. (Teresa- your comment in incredily ignorant and strange! I think you should read it and rethink!!)

teresa January 08, 2013 | 10:35 AM

how come your not staight you could have any man you want your so pretty!

Tiffany January 01, 2013 | 12:57 PM

That's great they are now parents to two! Congratulations!

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