Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels biography
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Real name

Jillian Michaels


reality TV star, fitness guru, social media star

Birth Date

February 18, 1974


49 years

Zodiac Sign



Los Angeles, California, United States


California State University, Northridge



Jillian Michaels family members

Father's Name

Douglas McKarus

Mother's Name

JoAnn McKarus

Siblings names

Lauren McKarus (younger half-sister), Greg Michaels (half-brother)

Is Jillian Michaels a lesbian/bisexual?


What is Jillian Michaels marital status?

In relation

Who is Jillian Michaels husband?

Heidi Rhoades (ex-partner)

How many children does she have?

2 (daughter Lukensia Michaels Rhoades and son Phoenix Michaels Rhoades

Jillian Michaels husband

Heidi Rhoades (ex-partner)

Heidi Rhoades photo

Date of birth: 1982

Jillian Michaels is bisexual. From 2008 till 2018 she was involved in a long-term relationship with Heidi Rhoades. They met through a common friend and immediately fell in love with one another. DURING THEIR 10-year marriage they parented two kids. The couple got engaged in 2016, but two years later Jillian announced their split through Instagram. The fitness coach announced that they remained friends and teamed as parents to raise their children.

Heidi Rhoades got a professional degree in marketing from Pennsylvania State University. Later she worked as a music manager, but quit that job. After that, she finished the YogaWorks teacher training program and began the career of a yoga instructor.

Rhoades lives in Malibu, CA nowadays.

Jillian Michaels kids

Lukensia Michaels Rhoades (daughter)

Lukensia-Michaels-Rhoades photo

Date of birth: 2010

Jillian and her ex-partner Heidi adopted a little girl in 2012 in Haiti. That was not an easy thing to do, but Jillian put lots of effort to take this little girl to the USA and give her comfortable and luxurious life there. Jillian was 38 at that time, and she had already been ready to become a mother. The fitness guru was immediately caught by paparazzi when she had a great swim with her little girl in the ocean.

Nowadays Lukensia is a middle school pupil. She resides in Malibu with her younger brother Phoenix and mother Heidi. But Jillian sees her daughter very often. She posts funny videos about their happy time together on Instagram.

Phoenix Michaels Rhoades (son)

Phoenix Michaels Rhoades photo

Date of birth: May 3, 2012

Jillian is an adoptive mother of a little boy, named Phoenix. He was born that very week when the reality TV star adopted Lukensia. The woman, who gave him birth, was Heidi Rhoades. The mystery of his birth is undisclosed till now. It’s not known, whether Heidi naturally conceived him or not, and who his father is.

Jillian loves her son and spends a lot of high-quality time with him. Most of the time he resides with his mother Heidi.

Who are Jillian Michaels parents?

Douglas McKarus (father)

Douglas McKarus photo

Date of birth: November 2, 1944

Jillian is not very close with her father, named Douglas Grant Mckarus. She didn’t see him very often after his divorce from her mom, Jo McKarus.

Douglas is a lawyer. He was educated at the University of California, and then he got Juris Doctor Degree at Loyola Marymount University. He became a reputable famous lawyer. Jillian liked to spend time with her dad. But later she confessed that their connection was based on their passion for food – very often they had pizza and other junk food, which made both overweight.

Jillian’s father was raised in Los Angeles, CA. He is the son of Roger and Nellie McKarus. He grew up with two brothers and a sister.

JoAnn McKarus (mother)

Her parents divorced when Jillian was just 13 years old. After that she became unruly, and her mom, JoAnn Saldi-McKarus put lots of effort to help her daughter put herself together. She took Michaels to martial arts classes to channel her energy in the right direction. Thus, she gradually lost her weight (she was quite a chubby child) and fell in love with sports.

Currently, JoAnn lives in Los Angeles. She is a practicing psychotherapist. She divorced her husband Douglas G. McKarus after 18 years of marriage.

Jillian Michaels siblings

Lauren McKarus (younger half-sister)

Lauren McKarus photo

Jillian has a younger sister from the paternal side, named Lauren McKarus. The sisters share a close bond. Lauren helps Jillian with her charity projects.

Greg Michaels (half-brother)

Jillian has one more sibling, a half-brother Greg Michaels. Not much is known about him.


Jillian Michaels gained enormous popularity as the trainer at the set of the hit TV show “The Biggest Loser”. The TV contest between several overweight competitors, which is on air since 2004, still gathers millions of people all over the world in front of the screen to watch the long way of the participants to the body of their dream.

She spent her childhood in Los Angeles, CA. Jillian grew up as the only child in the family of Douglas and JoAnn McKarus. The fitness star has two half-siblings.

Since the earliest years, Jillian was an anxious child. Her mother, a professional psychotherapist, noticed, that her 5-year-old daughter suffered from nightmares and took her to the children’s psychologist. Her fears became even stronger after her parents’ divorce. Then-teen girl, Jillian was frustrated by the family disruption. She started overeating and gradually gained weight. Her life changed when her mother took her to martial arts classes. There Jillian met Robert David Margolin, the martial artist, who helped her to become fit.

The girl became healthy, both mentally and physically, and decided to do the same for other people. Thus, Michaels opened a sports facility “Sky Sport and SPA”. Her fitness center gained wide popularity in Beverly Hills. One of her clients convinced her to visit the audition of “The Biggest Loser”. The show made Jillian Michaels a celebrity. She appeared in most of its seasons and her wards became winners very often.

When she is not busy at the set of “The Biggest Loser”, Jillian creates DVD fitness programs for those, who don’t have enough time to visit the gym.

Interesting and fun facts

  1. Jillian is not single as of now. She has a girlfriend, named Deshanna Marie Minuto. They confirmed their relationships officially, and nowadays both post sweet photos of their vacations together. Deshanna is a fashion designer. She created the line of vintage jackets “Letterino”. The woman lives and works in New York.
  2. Jillian Michaels net worth is $18 million.
  3. Her height is 5 ft 2 in and her weight is 115 pounds.
  4. A lot of speculations about Jillian and Heidi’s marriage appeared in the media. It’s hard to tell, whether they both got secretly married or not. Nevertheless, the procedure of their divorce was quite official. They shared the custody of their son and daughter and decided, that kids should live with Heidi. Jillian pays her ex-partner $2 million per month of Child Support money.
  5. Jillian is a printed author. She writes books on health and diet routine, like “Winning by Losing”, “Slim for Life” and others. Some of her books were ranked as best sellers in New York Times.
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