Jillian Michaels MARRIES fiancée DeShanna Marie Minuto in a private ceremony in Namibia

Jillian Michaels has married fiancée DeShanna Marie Minuto in a private ceremony which took place in Namibia.

The 48-year-old fitness celebrity and the fashion designer, 37, recently tied the knot in the southwest African country according to People magazine on Friday.

Jillian told the weekly that she told her new wife: ‘Deshanna Marie Michaels — it’s an honor and an adventure saying I do to you. Finding you… my person… and eloping in Africa together has been one of the most magical and transformative chapters of my life.’

Happily ever after: Jillian Michaels has married fiancée DeShanna Marie Minuto in a private ceremony which took place in Namibia according to People on Friday

The lovers – who have been romantically linked since late 2018 – actually got married at a Miami courthouse on July 11 before traveling to Namibia for the intimate ceremony according to the publication.

Jillian continued by saying: ‘A special thank you to Susan Neva at Alluring Africa, the team at Wilderness Safari, and the Himba people for helping us commemorate our union in style.

‘We will treasure these experiences for the rest of our lives.’

Jillian and DeShanna have been documenting their epic wedding trip on social media as they enjoyed riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in the desert and even danced with the locals.

Jillian told the weekly that she told her new wife: 'Deshanna Marie Michaels — it's an honor and an adventure saying I do to you.  Finding you... my person... and eloping in Africa together has been one of the most magical and transformative chapters of my life'

Jillian told the weekly that she told her new wife: ‘Deshanna Marie Michaels — it’s an honor and an adventure saying I do to you. Finding you… my person… and eloping in Africa together has been one of the most magical and transformative chapters of my life’

Bond: Jillian and DeShanna have been documenting their epic wedding trip on social media as they enjoyed riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in the desert

Bond: Jillian and DeShanna have been documenting their epic wedding trip on social media as they enjoyed riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in the desert

It's a celebration!  They even danced with the locals

It’s a celebration! They even danced with the locals

Jillian thanked 'the Himba people for helping us commemorate our union in style.  We will treasure these experiences for the rest of our lives'

Jillian thanked 'the Himba people for helping us commemorate our union in style.  We will treasure these experiences for the rest of our lives'

Jillian thanked ‘the Himba people for helping us commemorate our union in style. We will treasure these experiences for the rest of our lives’

Just us: The couple smiled for a selfie

Just us: The couple smiled for a selfie

They also have plans to have an official wedding celebration in Venice, Italy next year on June 23, 2023.

The happy couple announced their engagement back in November.

The popular personal trainer proposed with a stunning seven-carat diamond engagement ring, and shared a few loved-up snaps to Instagram on the morning of November 21.

Blessed: Jillian announced her engagement to longtime love DeShanna back in November

Blessed: Jillian announced her engagement to longtime love DeShanna back in November

‘1153 days… here’s to thousands more. She said “yes,” ‘Michaels captioned a sweet selfie with her new fiancee.

DeShanna held up her hand to show off the incredible sparkler for a black-and-white snap shared to her own account in a photo simply captioned ‘YES!’

The fitness enthusiast reportedly popped the question to her girlfriend of three years on Saturday morning with an ’emerald cut diamond featuring two single carat, trapezoid diamonds on each side,’ according to PEOPLE.

Bride-to-be: DeShanna, 36, held up her hand to show off the incredible sparkler for a black-and-white snap shared to her own account in a photo simply captioned 'YES!'

Bride-to-be: DeShanna, 36, held up her hand to show off the incredible sparkler for a black-and-white snap shared to her own account in a photo simply captioned ‘YES!’

Her bauble was crafted by family friends in Miami.

‘DeShanna is “all the things” — beautiful, smart, funny, creative, quirky, passionate … I could run down the list of adjectives. Those characteristics obviously attract you to someone. 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,”‘ Michaels said.

‘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.

Bliss: The fitness enthusiast reportedly popped the question to her girlfriend of three years on Saturday morning with an 'emerald cut diamond featuring two single carat, trapezoid diamonds on each side'

Bliss: The fitness enthusiast reportedly popped the question to her girlfriend of three years on Saturday morning with an ’emerald cut diamond featuring two single carat, trapezoid diamonds on each side’

‘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 her mine her.’

Michaels was previously engaged to Heidi Rhoades, a relationship which ended in 2018 after a nine-year romance.

Their domestic partnership didn’t legally end until 2020, though, as they battled in court for joint custody of their two children.

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‘DeShanna is “all the things” — beautiful, smart, funny, creative, quirky, passionate … I could run down the list of adjectives. Those characteristics obviously attract you to someone,’ Michaels said

They adopted their first child, daughter Lukensia, now 12, from Haiti until age two in 2012

The now former couple welcomed a second bundle of joy the same month when Heidi gave birth to their son Phoenix, now ten.

Michaels agreed to pay Heidi $2.4million as an advance in child support and pays an additional $2,000 per month, in addition to the kids’ schooling, clothing and extracurricular activities.

The end: Michaels was previously engaged to Heidi Rhoades, a relationship which ended in 2018 after a nine-year romance as their domestic partnership was dissolved in 2020;  the former couple pictured in 2016

The end: Michaels was previously engaged to Heidi Rhoades, a relationship which ended in 2018 after a nine-year romance as their domestic partnership was dissolved in 2020; the former couple pictured in 2016

Bundles of joy: They adopted their first child, daughter Lukensia, now 12, from Haiti until age two in 2012 before welcoming a second bundle of joy the same month when Heidi gave birth to their son Phoenix, now ten;  pictured in 2016

Bundles of joy: They adopted their first child, daughter Lukensia, now 12, from Haiti until age two in 2012 before welcoming a second bundle of joy the same month when Heidi gave birth to their son Phoenix, now ten; pictured in 2016

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