Last week, Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels drew ire with some comments in Women’s Health in which she said she would rather adopt than have biological children because “I can’t handle doing that to my body.” She added “Also, when you rescue something, it’s like rescuing a part of yourself.” I took issue at both Michaels’ reason for not having biological children, and the way she phrased her desire to adopt. It was as if she were looking for a pet that would provide personal fulfillment. Many of you took me to task and said that it was Michaels’ prerogative not to have children for whatever reason and at least she was being honest.
Now Michaels is trying to clarify her comments. She’s not saying that she didn’t say she wanted to adopt in order to keep her fit body. Michaels claims that some outlets put words in her mouth though and added that she said pregnancy would “ruin” her body or that she refused or “won’t” get pregnant due to that. It sounds like she’s splitting hairs, but I hear what she’s saying. She said she’d probably chose adoption but didn’t rule out pregnancy, and in the repeating her claims became more severe-sounding than they were. In her denial, Jillian kind of hints that she has some medical issue that would make it impossible to have children, at least that’s the impression I got from this:
Jillian Michaels is upset with some media outlets for misquoting her comments regarding pregnancy.
“The Biggest Loser” trainer is angry that she was mistakenly quoted as having told the May 2010 issue of Women’s Health that she wants children, but didn’t plan to get pregnant because it would “ruin” her body.
“I never ever said that,” Jillian told AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman as she promoted her new show, “Losing It With Jillian,” as part of NBC’s Summer Press Day on Monday in Pasadena.
“The word ‘won’t’ and the word ‘ruin’ are not even in the article,” Jillian said emphatically. “It’s amazing, everybody’s asking about this and I’m like, ‘Did you read the article?’ ‘No I didn’t read the article.’”
What Jillian did tell the magazine about pregnancy is: “I’m going to adopt,” and, “I can’t handle doing that to my body.”
The trainer added she is shocked by the public’s reaction considering she was misquoted.
“I can’t understand how people can judge or question something that they haven’t even bothered to find out if it’s real or not,” she told Laura.
When asked to set the record straight, Jillian said her comments were too complex to get into during the press day.
“It’s more complicated, way more complicated than that and again, that’s not what I’m here to do today, but I used the word ‘can’t’ and I used the word ‘handle,’” she said. “‘Handle’ is not ‘ruin’ and ‘can’t’ is not ‘won’t.’
”‘Won’t’ is a choice,” Jillian continued.
Jillian added that the controversy has affected the pint-sized trainer deeply.
“I’m disappointed about the way that my words have been twisted by the media. ‘Heartbroken’ is actually more the word I’m looking for,” she said. “I support all women in any and every endeavor they choose and I wish that they would do the same for me.”
[From Access Hollywood, link has automatic video]
Is she saying she really “can’t” have kids and that it’s not a choice? If she’s heartbroken by the way this has been portrayed I kind of feel for her whether she has some medical issue or not. She shouldn’t have said all that if she didn’t want it to be analyzed, though. The magazine didn’t misquote her, either, from what she’s said. So she “can’t handle doing that [pregnancy] to [her] body.” Fair enough, pregnancy is not for everyone. I’m just curious as to why she’s so upset and defensive, though. She admits she basically said it, just that the words were a little different and she never said “ruin” or “won’t.” It just doesn’t make sense to me why she would be so upset at people paying attention to what she said unless there was something else going on.