Jillian Michaels : ‘Biggest Loser’ Trainer Opens Up About Her Sexuality

Jillian Michaels : 'Biggest Loser' Trainer Opens Up About Her Sexuality

Jillian Michaels, the former “Biggest Loser” trainer opened up about life after the reality show and her sexuality in an interview for Health magazine, but said she struggles with talking about being gay comfortably despite being in a relationship with a woman, the Huffington Post reported on Friday.

Michaels revealed that her third time leaving NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” was a mutual decision between herself and the network. She explained that the network refused to fulfill her request to make certain changes on the show. Thus, both parties decided to part ways.

“I went to them and said I’d like to see these changes, and they said no,” she said. “So, I did not quit; they basically said, ‘No we’re not interested in changing x, y and z, so we will part ways.'”

Now that she is no longer on “The Biggest Loser,” Michaels said that she no longer watches the show.

Despite her strained relationship with NBC, Michaels continues to work on future projects that build her fitness and lifestyle brand. She revealed that she has a clothing line in the works with Kmart, a book for new mothers and is even “mulling” over the idea of starring in her own reality TV show.

Though she enjoys the idea of starring on reality TV, the mother of two did express her hesitation with exposing her “gay family” on television for fear of being attacked and scrutinized over her sexual orientation.
“What if I open up and people attack us just because we’re a gay family? It scares the hell out of me,” she said.

Michaels also admitted to calling her partner Heidi Rhoades her “friend” out in public for fear of criticism.

“The ‘gay’ thing has always been hard for me. … When Heidi and I are out and somebody older asks, ‘Are you sisters?’ I say, ‘We’re friends,'” she told Health Magazine.

Following her “friends” statement to Health Magazine, Michaels received backlash from the gay community for suggesting that she is ashamed of her sexuality, People reports.

Michaels has since apologized for her statement and clarified what she meant to say.

“I am deeply disheartened and sorry to hear that members of the gay community have misunderstood the points I was trying to make about being ‘out,'” Michaels recently told People.

“I was saying if along the way in my life that had been a choice I would have made it, but it’s not who I am. Gay is not a choice. If I was ashamed of who I am, I would be in the closet. Considering my family was on the cover of People magazine, I think I’m pretty far from that.”