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Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels sets out every week to help people find confidence and make their lives better on her show Losing It With Jillian. But in the new issue of Parade's Healthy Style, the buff babe admits she knows what it's like to live a life of insecurity.
Growing up, The Biggest Loser trainer reveals she was overweight, unpopular and often bullied by her classmates.
"In eighth grade, I weighed 175 pounds and my nose was the size of a softball," Michaels, 36, tells the mag. "Once, I was sitting at lunch and got surrounded by a bunch of kids who let me have it about how ugly I was -— my unibrow, the size of my nose, the fat rolling over my jeans. It was pure hell. My mom had to pull me out and put me in another school."
She also admits that her dissatisfaction with her looks ultimately led her to go under the knife. "I had my nose done," she reveals. "I felt much better about myself. Plastic surgery is a very personal decision."
But surgery itself wasn't going to fix all that ailed Michaels, who's been in therapy since she's 5 years old.
"I was a very anxious kid. I had night terrors. I couldn't breathe," she says. "I had a very strained relationship with my father, especially when my parents got divorced. I still try to go to therapy at least twice a week. It has given me the confidence to pursue the things I love, and it’s important that I don't end up playing out my own pain and insecurities with the people I'm trying to help."
Finally healthy in both body and mind, Michaels is looking forward to the future -- and would like to have a family of her own.
"I'm hoping I'll have the motherhood thing figured out within five years," Michaels says. " I was an only child for a long time, and it was lonely, so I would like to have at least two kids. As long as children have love, that's all that matters, but in an ideal scenario I'd want them to have a father."
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