Two babies and no pregnancy for Jillian Michaels

Many people didn’t know Jillian Michaels is gay until it was announced that her partner had a baby — followed by the news that she adopted a toddler at practically the same time. Now, the fitness buff dives head-first into new parenthood caring for two little ones.

No twins — or a pregnancy — here! Jillian Michaels, who recently confirmed speculation that she is gay, has grown her family by two. Her family is a unique one, as she has not only adopted a 2-year-old girl from Haiti named Lukensia, but also welcomed a newborn son when her partner Heidi Rhoades had a little boy named Phoenix — all in the same week. Can you imagine suddenly going from two to four?

The babies

Lukensia joined the family just days before Phoenix entered the world. Her adoption was a long and grueling process, Jillian reported, and she had a dossier filled out and delivered to the Republic of Congo prior to finalizing the Haitian adoption. There has been no word on the status of that adoption or if they will move forward, but adding a toddler and a newborn to a home in the span of a few days would keep anyone busy, even for one of the most hardcore fitness trainers known to man.

Other celebrity adoptions

Jillian isn’t the only celebrity to have adopted recently. She joins a list of several celebs who have adopted this past year.

  • Katherine Heigl adopted a girl she and her husband, Josh Kelley, named Adalaide Marie Hope in May
  • Charlize Theron adopted a son, Jackson, in March
  • Beth Littleford adopted a daughter, Halcyon ‘Hallie’ Juna, in March
  • Ty Burrell and his wife adopted a baby girl in March
  • Denise Richards adopted a little girl she named Eloise Joni in the summer of 2011

Support for Jillian

Support has been flowing in for Jillian and her partner since the news broke. Of course, there are detractors to their happiness and joy, but many people are nothing but proud and happy for the new family. “Gay families don’t need your approval,” wrote Shay, a commenter on the LA Times blog. “[The kids are] going to have an amazing, fulfilling life whether you like it or not. This is 2012. The world is evolving. Get used to it!”

Another commenter at People agreed. “What beautiful children!” she said. “And I love her outlook on parenting… if she is as dedicated and motivated to parent as she is to all else in her life, she will be amazing!”

As Kelly, mom of two said, “Love builds a family. Whether straight, gay, lesbian, or transgender, as long as these kids are loved and respected, I’m a supporter.”

More on adoption

Adoption photos: The moment I became a mom
Helping your adopted child bond to you
How do you tell your family you’re adopting?

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