The Biggest Loser star Jillian Michaels was spotted with her daughter Lukensia having lunch with a friend in Malibu, Calif. The mom-of-two checked her phone while the 2-year-old tot snuggled close to her mama. The fitness guru and her partner Heidi Rhoades are also parents to 4-month-old son Phoenix. Since becoming a mother-of-two in May, Jillian says she’s learned a thing or two.
“You can’t have it all, and you have to make some tough decisions,” she shared. “I used to think you could, but you can’t. I didn’t understand that something has to give. Now friends will go to Vegas for the weekend and we’re like, “Take pictures.” When Lu looks at me and goes, “Mama, I love you!” I go, “Fft. Who needs Vegas?”
Here’s a little background on this lovely mother and daughter:
When Jillian Michaels met her now 2-year-old adopted daughter Lukensia in Haiti for the first time, she knew they were meant to be together.
“I’ve been to Haiti on and off since I was 27. I met her a year ago on a trip visiting orphanages for All Blessings International, an organization I work with,” Michaels, 38, tells Ladies’ Home Journal‘s July issue. “I was visiting this one orphanage and the next thing I knew she jumped into my arms. She just grabbed me and clung to me and I immediately felt something. I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is my daughter.’ ” But adopting Lukensia was not an easy process.
The baby girl had already been placed with a family in Germany, but it didn’t work out. “I do think there’s a certain amount of fate involved,” the former Biggest Losertrainer explains. “Life has a way of working out the way it’s meant to.” Now, Michaels and her partner, Heidi Roades, 31, are the proud parents Lukensia and son, Phoenix, who was born on May 3. And their children have two very different personalities.
“He is the calm one. Patient. She is a firebrand,” Michaels shares. “Actually, she’s incredibly shy. She’s clever and adventurous, but it’s kind of heartbreaking because you have to understand she has been here since she was 9 or 10 months old. She’s now 2 and the only time she left the orphanage [prior to the adoption] was when I would take her to the Haitian guesthouse where I stayed nearby.”