Jillian Michaels Opens Up About Adoption

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Jillian Michaels is ready for a big change in the adoption laws and is speaking out about her own adoption experiences after welcoming her daughter Lukensia, then 2, from Haiti back in 2012, with wife Heidi Rhoades.

Jillian shared this week, “I find it extremely concerning that there are over 100,000 kids in America who are in need of loving homes. This is unacceptable. Every child deserves a family.” [Read more…]

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Beach Day with her Daughter

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Fun in the sun was the only thing on the agenda for celebrity fitness trainer and Biggest Loser star, Jillian Michaels, yesterday. The star seemed to be having a great time goofing around on the sand and in the water with her daughter, Lukensia.

With her famous washboard abs on full display, Jillian braved the waves in a triangle-top two-piece. Her little girl squealed with glee, hanging on to Mom the whole time. The family certainly seems to be enjoying their time in Miami!

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Jillian Michaels Is Matched With A Child

Former Biggest Loser fitness guru Jillian Michaels announced her plans to adopt back in 2010. And now, the mom-to-be is proud to announce that she’s been matched with a child.

“I’ve been matched with a little girl,” she tells Access Hollywood Live.

“I went over to visit orphanages and I ended up falling in love with this little girl, and by the grace of God, I got matched up with her.”

But even though she’s been matched, there’s no guarantee that it’ll all work out. “I now have to get her home … it could take up to a year to get her home,” she says. ”Anything can happen and fall through or fall apart, so it’s kind of premature for me to say it, but that’s where it’s at.”

Here’s hoping for the best!

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Jillian Michaels Warns Against International Adoption

In Prevention magazine, Jillian Michaels opens up about adopting internationally and the struggles she’s encountered along the way.

On adopting internationally: “I honestly don’t know how somebody without money and help could ever get this done. It’s a full-time job. If I called the girls down here to where we’re sitting, they would run you through how many times the notary has been here this week….I regret saying this now, but I think for anyone pursuing this [I’d advise them] to explore foster care in this country. In the US, you get your referral, you bring the kid home. They’re already American citizens. I don’t want to tell people to adopt internationally – but I’ve learned that you’ve got to have tremendous patience and financial resources because it’s going to cost a lot of money. If you don’t have those two things, go domestic.”

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Jillian Michaels Opens Up About Her Ongoing Adoption

Jillian Michaels graces the cover of Redbook magazine’s October issue where she opens up about why she chose to leave Biggest Loser after 11 seasons and discusses her ongoing adoption of a baby from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

On the two years it’s taken to adopt a baby from the Democratic Republic of the Congo:

I’ve watched friends congratulate me on [starting] the process, get pregnant themselves, have a baby, and then their baby’s crawling. People are lapping me. My best friend just told me she’s pregnant, and of course I’m ecstatic, but I’m also like, Uhhh! [gestures stabbing herself]. Like, I want my kid to be playing with your kids! It’s just a nightmare.

On How she decided to leave The Biggest Loser:

I’ve wanted to be in daytime television for a long time, because that’s where you can convey a message. On prime time, it’s like Jersey Shore and The Desperate Housewives of Some Dumb-ass County. It’s just train-wreck television. And it rates. [On The Biggest Loser] I would have long conversations with contestants about unearthing stuff from their past, and none of it would air. They grunt, they cry, I’m like, “You can do it,” they say, “I believe in myself,” and the scene’s over.

On whether she tried having a child naturally:

Turns out I had PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). But at a young age, I didn’t know if I wanted kids, so I didn’t really care. Then I got older, and I watched friends go through IVF, with years of hormones and devastation and disappointment, and I remember thinking God wants something different for me. If I choose to pursue this path, I’ll adopt. And when I was finally ready to go for it, I thought, This is going to be so easy. I am such an a—hole. I had nooo idea. I mean you’re just waiting…If it’s not done by this November, I’m going to take my shot with foster care.

On advice to women on facing their fear of change:

They have to trust. I can’t tell you how many people tried to talk me out of leaving [The Biggest Loser]. Everyone. People are really fear-based, and many have this monkey-bar approach to life, like you can’t leave one spot until you’re holding on to the next monkey bar. But by going straight to the next thing, you never get time to reflect or to create space for what’s right.

To read the entire interview, the issue hits newsstands on September 13.

(Photo Credit: Sheryl Nields for REDBOOK)

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