Jillian Michaels is an American-born personal trainer, fitness expert, entrepreneur, author, reality TV star and media personality. Already in 2004, Michaels gained national fame as one of the original trainers of the debut season of the long-running reality TV show The Biggest Loser. She has been a trainer on 11 of the show’s 17 seasons. The fitness mogul was also featured as a trainer on the Australian version of The Biggest Loser.
Jillian Michaels was also featured as a presenter and co-judge in the short-lived Spike TV reality series Sweat, INC. Michaels also had her own reality TV show Just Jillian, which premiered on Channel E! in January 2016.
Who is Jillian Michaels?
Jillian Michaels was born on February 18, 1974, in Los Angeles, California, as Jillian Leigh McKarus. Her parents divorced when she was quite young. She survived a difficult childhood, struggling with her parents’ divorce, combined with weight problems and problems with self-esteem. However, her life changed at the age of 14 when her mother enrolled her in martial arts classes. She acquired a black belt in martial arts and was able to control her weight. However, she remained a troubled teenager and eventually fell out with her mother.
Michaels had completed her college education at California State University in Northridge, where she began her journey as a professional fitness trainer. She holds personal fitness trainer certifications from the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA), the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and the American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA).
Jillian Michaels worked briefly for International Creative Management (ICM Partners) as a talent representative. In 2002 she founded her own fitness training center Sky Sport & Spa in Beverly Hills, California. In 2004, she landed a spot in the NBC hit reality series The Biggest Loser, which marked a major turning point in her career. For the first two seasons of the series, she was the coach for the red team, after which she left the series. In February 2007, Jillian Michaels returned for the fourth season of the series, and her second season lasted until May 2011, when she returned to the show in March 2014 after a 2-season absence. After 2 more seasons, Michaels finally left The Biggest Loser in June 2014.
Her involvement with The Biggest Loser has helped establish Michaels as the leading health and fitness expert in the United States. In 2008, she founded Empowered Media, LLC with her longtime business partner and manager Giancarlo Chersich.
Over the years, Jillian Michaels has built a reputation as one of the leading fitness experts in the United States. She has successfully built a health and fitness empire by writing numerous bestselling books and has also produced several DVDs on various aspects of the subject. She has also released two video games by Jillian Michaels, Fitness Ultimatum 2009 and Fitness Ultimatum 2010, and a fitness mobile application.
Jillian Michaels was born as the daughter of JoAnn, a psychotherapist, and Douglas McKarus, a lawyer. Her father is of Syrian-Lebanese descent, her mother is of Italian, English, and Russian descent. She grew up with a sibling, a younger sister named Lauren Michaels. Her parents divorced when she was 12 years old and the separation took a heavy toll on her. Ever since her father left her, she has been estranged from her.
Is Jillian Michaels Gay?
Jillian Michaels is gay (or better yet, a lesbian). According to the fitness guru, she assumed she was bisexual when she turned 18. It was only much later in life that she finally came to terms with the fact that she was gay. Jillian Michaels attributes the controversial video of Madonna’s 1990 single “Justify My Love” to have helped her on her long road to self-discovery. Jillian Michaels’ most prominent relationship to date was with yoga teacher Heidi Rhoades and lasted 9 years.
Is She Married? Partner
A marriage could be in Jillian Michaels’ plans in the near future. However, the fitness guru has come very close to a marriage. She was in a long-standing relationship with the professional yoga teacher Heidi Rhoades. Michaels and Rhoades have two children together, who lived in a farmhouse on the outskirts of Malibu.
In May 2012 the couple adopted their first child, daughter Lukensia Michaels Rhoades (born 2010). In the same month, Rhoades gave birth to their second child, a son named Phoenix Michaels Rhoades, who was born on May 3, 2012.
The couple got engaged in 2016 in a private movie theater. The proposal was broadcast on March 8 during the season finale of Michaels’ Just Jillian reality show on E! However, they did not make it to the altar when they announced their separation in June 2018.