Posted on Mon Feb 7, 2011 09:00 AM PDT
The tough-as-nails trainer for The Biggest Loser, Jillian Michaels has already announced she was leaving the hit show at the end of season 11 to start a family, and now it seems like the wheels are already in motion for her to adopt a child from Africa.
Of the complicated adoption process, Michaels said, â€œIâ€™ve completed all of my paperwork; Iâ€™ve had all my physicals; Iâ€™ve been checked by the FBI â€“ you have no idea!" The trainer went on to tell Access Hollywood, â€œNow I wait for a referral. That could be anywhere from six months to a year. Iâ€™m in a pilot program for the Democratic Republic of Congo so weâ€™ll see."
Michaels said that she's going to be taking the next year off to concentrate on her quest to become a mother. â€œIâ€™d like to take a year off of television and really focus on ... that and hopefully becoming a mother in the next year and putting all my energy into that for awhile." But Jillian won't be taking a permanent vacation from the cameras, because she hopes to go "back to TV later in 2012.â€
As for whether she'd prefer a boy or girl, Michaels said, "Iâ€™m 36! Do you hear the clock? It doesnâ€™t matter!â€
This has been a big few months for Michaels. In addition to announcing that she's taking a break from her hit show to start a family, Jillian recently revealed that she's bi-sexual and she believes in "healthy love" whether it's with a man or a woman.
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