Everyone who’s ever fantasized about having a perfectly toned physique has entertained the idea of having the fabulous Jillian Michaels as their personal trainer. Though her approach is a little intimidating, the results we saw in the contestants she trained on The Biggest Loser are hard to argue with. Now, a year after leaving the successful reality show to focus on starting a family with her partner, Heidi Rhoades, Michaels gave an interview with Health Magazine where she addressed many things including her relationship and whether or not she’s always been comfortable being openly gay.
“”I don’t know that I am now to be honest with you,” says Michaels, “the gay thing has always been hard for me.”
She even admits that she’s not always comfortable acknowledging her relationship at all. “When Heidi and I are out and somebody older asks ‘are you sisters?” I say ‘we’re friends.’ I guess it comes from thinking they will be shocked or disturbed.”
This is the same concern which has dissuaded her from pursuing her own reality show based on her life, even though she is active about giving advice to moms on how to stay in shape and keep their kids healthy. “I’ve been approached about having mutual approval over everything to do a reality show. It’s interesting because we could 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.”
Michaels is frank about her discomfort with her sexual orientation. She goes on to say that she wishes she had a “strapping football player husband” and that “it would be such a dream to be ‘normal’ like that” but that she’s “just not.”
Although Michaels does seem to wish her life was a little more conventional, make no mistake that she is happy about the family she has. She closes by describing the happiest day of her life, “When we touched down in New York and I brought my daughter home from Haiti.”
Hopefully with the acceptance of her fans it will only be a matter of time before Michaels is comfortable and proud of her identity, but until then all we can do is show her that we support her and her beautiful family, and maybe reassure her that we would so watch a reality show about her.