10/20/2014 11:48 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Jillian Michaels Says LGBT Community 'Misunderstood' Her Comments About Her Sexuality

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Jillian Michaels wants to clarify comments she made about her sexuality.

Over the weekend, the former "Biggest Loser" trainer gave an exclusive statement to People to clear up what she said in a recent Health magazine interview, in which she discussed her continued struggle with talking about "the gay thing" and expressed that it would be "a dream" to be "normal."

Michaels told People that members of the LGBT community "misunderstood" her remarks about being out:

I am deeply disheartened and sorry to hear that members of the gay community have misunderstood the points I was trying to make about being 'out.' I attempted to shed light on how hard and scary it can be to be out. That gay families get attacked and even small daily interactions involve others being 'shocked and disturbed' by the gay lifestyle. I was saying if along the way in my life that had been a choice I would have made it, but it's not who I am. Gay is not a choice. If I was ashamed of who I am, I would be in the closet. Considering my family was on the cover of People magazine, I think I'm pretty far from that.

In the original Health interview, Michaels told the magazine she wished she had "some strapping football player husband" and that it would be "a dream to be 'normal' like that:"

I don’t know that I am [comfortable talking about being gay] now, to be honest with you. The gay thing has always been hard for me. When Heidi and I are out and somebody older asks, ‘Are you sisters?’ I say, ‘We’re friends.’ I guess it comes from thinking that they will be shocked or disturbed. Look, I wish I had some strapping football player husband. It would be such a dream to be ‘normal’ like that, but I’m just not.

In response to the interview, some Twitter users pointed out that Michaels' comments could be considered borderline homophobic. Michaels tweeted in response, in an attempt to clarify:

Michaels and her partner, Heidi Rhoades, have been together since 2009. They have two children together.



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