Single Mom Jillian Michaels on Dating: ‘That Is a Special Slice of Hell’

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Jillian Michaels attends the Stand Up To Cancer 10 years of impacting cancer research at Barker Hangar on September 7, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. Image Group LA via Getty Images

In June, Jillian Michaels announced that she and fiancée Heidi Rhoades had called off their engagement. Three months later, the tough love fitness guru is happily single.

“Life is good. I cannot complain,” the 44-year-old told Us Weekly and other reporters at the Stand Up to Cancer Live Broadcast in Los Angeles. At the moment, romance is the last thing on Michaels’ mind. Instead she is focused on their kids — daughter, Lukensia, 8, and son, Phoenix, 6. 

Jillian Michaels Single Mom Dating Nightmare
Phoenix Michael Rhoades, Heidi Rhoades, Lukensia Michaels Rhoades and Jillian Michaels arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Storks” at Regency Village Theatre on September 17, 2016 in Westwood, California. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

“I feel like I am going to take a beat on the dating thing. That is a special slice of hell,” Michaels quipped. “Heidi remains one of my best friends and coparents. But the dating thing is like, yeah, that sucks. Wow.”

The My Fitness By Jillian Michaels creator doesn’t have much time for candlelit meals anyhow. When she’s not working, she’s with her children, whom credits with keeping her centered. “I mean, literally, when you have kids, it’s almost impossible to allow other things to, like, f—k with you because they just demand 100 percent of your attention!” She explained: “So, it’s nice. It’s a welcome distraction to kind of get me out of my own head.”

Michaels and the yoga instructor showcased their relationship on the E! reality series Just Jillian that ran for one season in 2016. They were together for nine years before calling it quits over the summer. “It just wasn’t working. They tried to make it work for a long time, but they decided it was too late,” a source told Us at the time, adding that Lukensia and Phoenix are “their main priority.

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