Jillian Michaels and Heidi Rhoades split up after being together for nine years
After being together for almost nine years, Jillian Michaels and Heidi Rhoades have split up, according to a post on Instagram, on Friday. The 44-year-old TV personality mentioned that the split had already happened a while back. She wrote in a message to her fans, "We’ve found we’re better friends and parents living apart than staying together."
The DailyMail reported that Michaels had made a public wedding proposal to Rhoades in an episode of 'Just Jillian' in 2016. Michaels reportedly reflected following the proposal, "Heidi is the perfect person for me...The only place where there's, like, a solace… a safe haven is with my family. And Heidi is the nucleus of that family. She's the glue that really holds everything together, and I think without that, I would be lost."
Michaels is known for her appearances in 'The Biggest Loser', the talk show 'The Doctors', and her reality TV series 'Just Jillian'. Rhoades who was earlier a music manager has in the recent years been working as a yoga instructor. Michaels added in her post, "Life and people can change but our love for one another and commitment to raising our two kids as and the inseparable team remains. Thanks for always loving and supporting us, the feeling is mutual."
However, the couple still maintains their two kids as their priority right now. Their eight-year-old daughter, Lukensia, was adopted from Haiti in 2012 by Michaels, while Heidi gave birth to their now six-year-old son Phoenix, that same year.
People quoted Michaels saying while proposing to Rhoades in the reality show 'Just Jillian' in 2016, "I know I’m an ass—- a lot of the time, but if you will continue to put up with me, I would like you to marry me...And even though I gave you that ring, I got a ring.” Even after the split the couple still plans on co-parenting their kids. Michaels had also told ET exclusively at a point of time, "While I remain the ultimate cranky curmudgeon, I'm not a fool. I know how lucky I am."
The USMagazine quoted a source, who said, "It just wasn’t working. They tried to make it work for a long time, but they decided it was too late. They have been co-parenting their kids and they are their main priority right now." The magazine also asserted that Michaels is living at her beach house, whereas Rhoades lived at the farmhouse. Another source confirmed, "Heidi has always wanted the farm, so it was an easy decision on who would live where. Heidi is a fantastic mother and lives a quiet lifestyle. She has never loved the spotlight and enjoys working on the farm.”