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Jillian Michaels in a promotional photo for The Biggest Loser. - Provided courtesy of NBC

Jillian Michaels trying to adopt child from Africa

02/07/2011 by Corinne Heller

Jillian Michaels says she is trying to adopt a child from Africa, almost two months after she announced she would leave "The Biggest Loser" and wanted to become a mother.

Michaels, 36, has been featured as a trainer on the show on and off since 2004. She said in December that she would leave NBC's hit weight loss reality show at the end of the current 11th season in order to start a family.

"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.

"I've completed all of my paperwork," she added about the adoption process. "I've had all my physicals. I've been checked by the FBI. With that said, now I wait for a referral. That could be anywhere from six months to a year. I'm in a pilot program for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, so we'll see."

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.

Other celebrities who have adopted children from Africa include Madonna, whose son and daughter David and Mercy are from Malawi, and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who are parents to 6-year-old Zahara from Ethiopia.

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