Jillian Michaels Talks Adoption & Infertility Shame (VIDEO)

Sheri Reed

Jillian Michaels
Jillian Michaels
Remember about a year ago when everyone went OFF on Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels for her comment that she'd like to adopt a child rather than get pregnant because "I can’t handle doing that to my body." Yeah, I remember too. It was kinda slightly pretty darn annoying at the time.

And, of course, as there often is, there's more to the story. There was something Michaels wasn't being completely honest about when she made that statement that's been haunting her ever since -- and that was her own personal struggle with infertility shame.

Jillian Michaels recently opened up very candidly to The New York Times about her infertility woes:

The reality is that I have endometriosis, and I most likely couldn't get pregnant. I've had the X-rays, my tubes are closed, the uterine lining is too thick, blah, blah, blah.

I was ashamed about it because I thought I’m supposed to be the healthiest woman in the world, and what does this say about me if I can’t have kids of my own. It was insecurity, which I have to work on.

Wow, that's really brave, honest, and beautifully introspective. It's never easy to face insecurity or shame or figure out that we behave certain ways or say certain things in direct reaction to that insecurity and shame.

(And while we're being honest here, I want to admit I was only mad at her for saying that last year because I was jealous that I never had a body like that to ruin.)

Make no mistake -- infertility issues can turn into their own kind of shame and insecurity for a lot of women, especially a person like Jillian Michaels who makes a buck off living and promoting healthy living. Obviously one has nothing to do with the other, in many cases, but that's not the perception to outsiders.

In exciting news, Michaels is working on adopting a baby from Africa. WATCH what she had to say recently about her ongoing adoption process:

Wishing Jillian all the luck and that a baby comes in her life soon!

Does this change how you feel about Jillian Michaels?


Image via NBC

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