Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels says her recent comments about being openly gay were misunderstood.

Michaels, 40, appears on this month's cover of Health.

She told the magazine that the “gay thing” has always been hard for her.

The former The Biggest Loser trainer was asked whether she has always been comfortable talking about her sexuality.

“I don’t know that I am [comfortable talking about being gay] now, to be honest with you,” Michaels answered. “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 a statement to PEOPLE, Michaels said she was “deeply disheartened and sorry to hear that members of the gay community” had misunderstood her comments.

Michaels first publicly talked about raising daughter Lukensia and son Phoenix with partner Heidi Rhoades two years ago in a PEOPLE cover story.

“I attempted to shed light on how hard and scary it can be to be out,” Michaels said of her remarks to Health. “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,” she added.