Jillian Michaels is one step closer to becoming a mother! The Biggest Loser trainer, who recently announced her decision to leave television to focus on starting a family, is knee-deep in the adoption process.
“I want to start a family,” she told Access Hollywood. “I’d like to take a year off of television and really focus on – I’m in the middle of the adoption process – and really focus on that and hopefully becoming a mother in the next year and putting all my energy into that for a while. And then back to TV later in 2012.”
Describing the process as “an incredible undertaking” the 36-year-old fitness guru explained that she’s currently trying to adopt from Africa:
I’ve completely all of my paperwork; I’ve had all my physicals; I’ve been check by the FBI – you have no idea! Now I wait for a referral. That could be anywhere from six months to a year. I’m in a pilot program for the Democratic Republic of Congo so we’ll see. Then you get your referral and then you have to try to bring your kid back home. So, it’s a process.. but I’m excited for it!
When asked if she’d like a son or a daughter, Jillian responded with a laugh, “I’m 36! Do you hear the clock ticking? As long as there’s a little teeny person with me, I’ll be good.”
In December, Jillian admitted that her work with children on her recently launched show, Losing It, provoked her desire to start her own family: “Shooting Losing It also had a big impact on me. Living with kids, I saw firsthand what I was missing.”