Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels might be known today as an inspirational global expert and leading voice in fitness and life coaching, but it wasn’t always this way for her. Having been born into a family that was ultimately to break up, she had to endure plenty of hardships while growing up. Not many kids get sent to therapy at the age of five, but Jillian attended sessions for night terrors, which she says helped her low self-esteem immensely. At school, she was always picked on and had to endure much verbal abuse for her short stature of 5’2”, her obesity, thick eyebrows and even the size of her nose.

Her parent's inevitable divorce at the age of 12 really hit her hard which resulted in her piling on weight. Finally, at the age of 14, her mom sent her to martial arts classes as a way of losing a bit of weight. Finally, Jillian found something that she could excel at and so began the start of her journey into self-improvement and fitness. Seventeen years later and she was an expert in Akauri-Do and Muay Thai.

After falling out with her mom, JILLIAN moved out of the family house and attended California State University, working bars as a way to survive. She then graduated, got a job as an agent at International Creative Management, but hated it and left to start a fledgling career as a fitness instructor. One thing led to another, and before long she was the proud owner of her own gym, Sky Sport and Spa.

As far as her love life is concerned, Jillian has split up with Heidi Rhoades, with who she was involved in a lesbian relationship. 


According to her biography, things changed drastically for Jillian in 2005 when she was cast as a personal trainer on the reality show The Biggest Loser, where her tough-love approach with contestants won her admiration and many fans from viewers of the show. The controversy sorrounding 'The biggest Loser' abated when Jillian admitted that Rachel had in fact lost 'too much weight'.

Empowered Media was founded in 2008 with her business partner Giancarlo Chersich, and the company has gone from strength to strength while enriching people’s lives with health and wellness solutions. To date, Jillian has launched a TV show called Losing it with Jillian, written 8 New York Times bestsellers, hosted a radio show and a weekly podcast and has even released a fitness video game for Wii. The website jillianmichaels.com and her exclusive phone app continue to bring her further global exposure, and along with it many more fans and followers, which number in the millions.

Jillian is also credited for having launched a plethora of books including Master Your Metabolism, Slim for Life, Winning by Losing and many more.Jillian Michael's net worth is estimated to be $14 million.

Last Modified: Mar 6, 2020

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