Jillian Michaels in the 'waiting game' stage of her Congo adoption
"Biggest Loser" coach Jillian Michaels is reportedly playing the 'waiting game' in her attempt to adopt a baby in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to Us Weekly.
The 37-year-old told the magazine on Monday, "My dossier, which is your paperwork portfolio, is in to the Democratic Republic of the Congo." She adds, "So the paperwork is done, and now it's just a waiting game. It could be six months, twelve months; it could be two years. Or, it could be tomorrow! They call you and they say, 'Oh, we have your referral,' which is essentially the child they match you up with, and you go overseas and you get him or her."
Michaels previously expressed that she wanted to adopt a child. She announced her departure from "The Biggest Loser" was, in part, because of her desire to become a mother.
"I'd like to take a year off of television and really focus on - I'm in the middle of the adoption process - and really focus on that and hopefully becoming a mother in the next year and putting all my energy into that for awhile," Michaels told the "Access Hollywood" television program recently. "And then back to TV later in 2012."
Michaels launched her own program on NBC, "Losing It With Jillian", in June. "The Biggest Loser" has meanwhile hired two more trainers for the show - Cara Castronuova and Brett Hoebel.
Michaels also said the gender of her future adopted child does not matter to her. Michaels had told Women's Health magazine earlier this year, when asked about pregnancy, that she was going to adopt a child, adding: "I can't handle doing that to my body". She said on her Twitter page that she began wanting children two years ago.
She recently announced she will become a co-host on the syndicated daytime talk show "The Doctors." She will also serve as a special correspondent on Dr. Phil McGraw's syndicated therapy series "Dr. Phil," "where she will focus on similar lifestyle issues," CBS said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.
"The move I am making is gonna allow me to help way more people way more often in a much broader way than just diet & exercise," Michaels said on her Twitter page on Friday, May 6.
Michaels added that she would begin her new job on "The Doctors," which is distributed by CBS, in the fall of 2011.
Michaels signed a multi-year deal to join the team of health experts on "The Doctors," CBS said. The show debuted in 2008 and features professionals such as E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork; OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson; cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon and pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears.
"Gonna make a huge announcement in about 12 hours... can you guess what it is?" Michaels said on her Facebook page on Thursday. "And no... I didn't get my kid yet :( So don't suggest that. It'll just make me want to cry."
She announced her new "Doctors" and "Dr. Phil" roles in a message posted on Friday, saying: "Here is the big news. I can't wait to be with you guys 5 days week on an uplifting, informative, entertaining platform where we can have share a more intimate relationship with one another. I'm excited! Hope you are too!"