When Jillian Michaels of NBC’s The Biggest Loser told Women’s Health that she planned to adopt a child from Africa instead of getting pregnant because “I can’t handle doing that to my body,” she was heavily critcized (to say the least) and accused of portraying pregnancy as “some sort of ‘disease’ that women should avoid.” But in an interview with The New York Times, Michaels finally explains why for her, it seemed that adoption was the best option.
“The reality is that I have endometriosis, and I most likely couldn’t get pregnant,” reveals Michaels.
“I’ve had the X-rays, my tubes are closed, the uterine lining is too think, blah, blah, blah,” says the fitness advocate. “I was ashamed about it because I thought I’m supposed to be the healthiest woman in the world, and what does that say about me if I can’t have kids of my own. It was insecurity, which I have to work on.”
A source close to Jillian says that the star, who normally opts to keep her personal life private, was compelled to set the record straight after the negative comments and feedback she received just didn’t seem to stop.
Now, with her condition out in the open, Michaels’ hope is that she can help remove some of the stigma that many women feel when struggling with infertility.