'The Biggest Loser' star Jillian Michaels says she was left speechless when daughter said 'gay people were gross'
Michaels talks about how parenting can be hard and the time when her daughter thought that gay people were gross
Jillian Michaels believes parenting is hard but the toughest part of it is not managing the kids but answering the questions they have in mind. Talking to People, Jillian, who is a proud mother of son Phoenix, 6, and daughter Lukensia, 8, spoke about the time she was left speechless after her daughter made a comment about gays.
“One evening, when my daughter was maybe 6, she said to me that she thought gay people were gross, or gay was gross. And I freaked out,” she recalled. “When people talk about parenting being hard, I don’t find that it’s ‘all the sleepless nights’ or the poopy diapers. It’s these kinds of moments that bring you face to face with all of your deep, dark issues, where you don’t handle it well."
Even though Jillian does not give details on how she handled things, she sure does believe that she could have handled things differently if given a second chance. Meanwhile, Jillian admits that she is the stricter parent when compared to her partner, Heidi Rhoades.
“Whether or not you’re a strict parent is all relative,” she said. “Although compared to my partner Heidi, yes. Yes. Compared to Heidi, anyone is a strict parent. Big Bird would be a strict parent.” Meanwhile, Jillian confessed her kids make her laugh most of the times but that does not mean they do not have embarrassing moments together.
According to Jillian, her most embarrassing moment was when Phoenix “pooped in the middle of the schoolyard”. But this was not the end of the story. It seemed like apart from Jillian, everyone else knew the reason why the incident took place. “The reason it was embarrassing for me is because Heidi didn’t tell me about it,” she explains. “So I went to the school the next day to drop off the kids, and everybody was like, ‘How’s Phoenix?’"
“And I was like, ‘What the f— is going on here?’ ” recalled Jillian, adding that she learned from a man in the parking lot about what had happened the previous day. “I called Heidi. I’m like, ‘He took a s— in the middle of the playground?! You didn’t even bother to tell me?!’ ” “We’re at a different school now … a better school,” she added.