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Jillian Michaels Announces Engagement To Girlfriend DeShanna Marie Minuto

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As 2021 winds to a close, Jillian Michaels is celebrating the start of a new life chapter.

On Saturday, Michaels confirmed to People magazine that she and girlfriend DeShanna Marie Minuto, a fashion designer, had gotten engaged. The couple have been dating for a little more than three years.

“1153 days... here’s to thousands more,” the fitness guru and former “Bigger Loser” coach wrote on Instagram Sunday. “She said ‘yes.’”

In her chat with People, Michaels gushed about her new fiancée, calling her “beautiful, smart, funny, creative, quirky, passionate.”

“Those characteristics obviously attract you to someone,” she said. “But it’s the quality of their character that makes you think ‘Thank God for this person laying next to me’ every night when you fall asleep.”

“It’s easy to stay together when everything is going great, but when real life sets in and things get messy, challenging, scary, and even downright ugly — that’s when the truth reveals itself,” she continued. “And this woman has revealed herself to be strong beyond measure, wise beyond her years, and loving beyond my wildest dreams. I am so grateful to officially call her mine.”

Much of the early buzz on the engagement has focused on Michaels’ impressive taste in jewelry. In the photos accompanying the announcement, Minuto is sporting a custom-designed, 7-carat emerald cut diamond ring that features two single-carat diamonds on each side.

Michaels was previously engaged to Heidi Rhoades, with whom she shares daughter Lukensia, 11, and son Phoenix, 9. The couple split in 2018.

News of the engagement follows a challenging period for Michaels. In September of last year, she revealed she’d contracted COVID-19 after she “let my guard down for an hour,” and urged followers to avoid gyms.

Just months before that, she was hit with backlash after making a series of questionable remarks about Lizzo’s weight in an interview with BuzzFeed’s “AM to DM” Twitter series.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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