Jillian Michaels in the process of attempting to adopt child from Africa
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/08/2011
Jillian Michaels is in the process of attempting to adopt a child from Africa.
"I've completed all of my paperwork; I've had all my physicals; I've been checked by the FBI -- you have no idea!" Michaels toldAccess Hollywood at Super Bowl event in Dallas, TX on Saturday.
"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!"
The 36-year-old personal trainer -- who has announced the eleventh and current season of The Biggest Loserwill be her last in order so she can pursue some personal interests, especially starting a family -- said she is so excited about having a baby in her life that the gender "doesn't matter."
"I'm 36! Do you hear the clock? It doesn't matter!" Michaels joked. "As long as there's a little teeny person with me, I'll be good."
The Biggest Loser trainer -- who previously disclosed she suffers from health conditions that would make getting pregnant difficult and therefore would want to adopt -- expressed her main goal is to settle down and raise a child, but according to Access Hollywood, Michaels plans to return to television later next year.
"I want to start a family. 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 awhile," Michaels said.
"And then back to TV later in 2012."
While Michaels didn't specify whether her "TV" return could include returning to The Biggest Loser, executive producer JD Roth has previously stated the show would welcome her back.
"Yes, the door is always open for Jillian [to return]," he told reporters in December.
"Absolutely, yes. Jillian brings a very unique form of television and she is a special individual. And I think Bob and Jill, you know, to me, are 90 plus percent of the reason that the show is successful. And it's the work that they put in that made the show what it is."