Who is Illusion Millan?
Ilusion Millan is a kindergarten teacher and producer, best recognized as the ex-wife of world-renowned dog trainer and author Cesar Millan, perhaps best known for his TV series “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan”. Ilusion was born under the Virgo zodiac sign on September 18, 1976 in the US. As of 2022, she will be 45 years old and hold American nationality.
Early life and family
Not much is known about her early life, background and education. She was born into a middle-class Catholic family. Her father, whose name is unknown, owned a precision machinery business. In addition, it remains unclear whether she has any siblings.
Ilusion initially worked as a kindergarten teacher, but as Cesar’s projects expanded and expanded, she became a very important member of his company.
Appointed co-CEO of “Cesar Millan Inc.”, Ilusion emerged as an instrumental part of the company, delivering ideas and creating new products. In addition, Ilusion worked closely with various charities and causes that promote the welfare and protection of animals.
One of her most prominent designs was the “Illusion Collar” – a neck brace with a slip collar, made to control difficult dogs and also facilitate the training process, including good walking. When Cesar launched his most famous show “Dog Whisperer” in 2006, Ilusion spent eight seasons working as a co-executive producer and associate producer on the show and appeared in a number of episodes.
The show became a huge success as Cesar garnered huge popularity and worldwide media attention as the show aired in more than 80 countries.
The documentary-style series even received a Primetime Emmy Award in the “Outstanding Reality Program” category.
In 2009, Ilusion and Cesar teamed up with Yale University to create a Mutt-i-grees curriculum based on Cesar’s techniques and knowledge. This innovative program aims to build children’s affinity with dogs, teaching and instructing them on how to interact with and handle pets. It also teaches social and emotional skills, which are very important in the formative period of children, allowing them to communicate better and thrive in different environments.
Ilusion and Cesar have also established a non-profit organization called the “Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation,” which provides financial support to shelters while helping and rehabilitating dogs. After they divorced in 2010, Cesar named it “The Millan Foundation”.
How did she meet Cesar?
Ilusion met Cesar when she was 17, and he was 24, and lived in a small apartment with six dogs.
After meeting. They started dating, but after Cesar’s boyfriend pointed out the numerous legal ramifications of dating an underage girl, such as deportation and arrest, Cesar broke out of Ilusion. Speaking to a media outlet, Ilusion recalled the moment she went to his apartment, Ilusion said, “I came to the door and rang the bell, and he said, “I can’t see you anymore.” It killed me.’ However, that was not the end of their romance.
In 1994, when she turned 18, she returned to Cesar’s apartment and convinced him to reconsider his decision about their relationship. They started dating again and soon after, Ilusion became pregnant, prompting Cesar to propose to her. They tied the knot the same year and began life as a family in Los Angeles, where they welcomed their first child, Andre Millan, in 1995.
Problems in marriage
However, they soon began to experience their first marital trials, largely due to Cesar’s ill-treatment of Ilusion, which he inherited from his father and uncles. Ilusion wouldn’t settle for someone who thought a woman should remain “calm and submissive” and leave home with their child.
Ilusion gave him an ultimatum: To work on their marriage, they had to go to a marriage counselor that Cesar agreed to. The guidance worked and in 2001 they welcomed another child, Calvin. Cesar often referred to Illusion as his “Man Whisperer” because, in his opinion, she rehabilitated him and taught him how to treat women and his family. In addition, he always pointed out that she had a business-like mind, and in an interview Ilusion said, “We are what I call Mr. Talent and Mrs. Brains. One cannot exist without the other.’
However, after 15 years of marriage, Ilusion filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, which severely affected Cesar, who later tried to take his own life.
The divorce was finalized in April 2012 – Ilusion left court with a large one-time settlement of $400,000, monthly alimony of $30,000 and additional child support of $10,000 per month. She also sought full custody of their two sons, which she had. Despite the divorce, they chose to ignore their differences and focused on co-parenting their two sons.
Where is she now?
After Cesar’s divorce, Ilusion went under the radar and withdrew from the scene; it remains unclear whether she has remarried. According to her private Instagram accountshe now goes by the name Ilusion Milan-Wilson, works as a clinical psychotherapist and serves as an ambassador for children/youth.
What is her net worth?
According to the sources, as of early 2022, its estimated net value is around $1 million. On the other hand, Cesar’s net worth is in the $20 million range.
Physical stats and trivia
Ilusion is 167 cm tall, while her weight is unknown, but she has a very round body. Her natural hair is dark brown, further decorated with brown eyes.
In 1995 she developed problems with her gallbladder and almost lost her life. Luckily she had surgery and a few months later she came out as fit as a violin.
Looks like Ilusion is alone active on Instagram, on which she has a private account with over 400 followers.
Briefly about Cesar Milan
Born in Sinaloa, Cesar barely spoke English, illegally crossed the US border with just $100 and a dream of working with dogs on TV.
After arriving in Los Angeles, he met Jada Pinkett Smith, who arranged English lessons for him, and as he has said several times, thanks to Jada, he was able to learn the language.
He worked first as a dog groomer and after years of tireless work, he launched the Pacific Point Canine Academy and later the Dog Psychology Center, the facility that works with large breed dogs. In 2002, he was featured in an article in “The Los Angeles Times”, and then MPH Entertainment contacted him about a possible idea for a TV series. The series premiered in 2004 on the National Geographic Channel and became one of their most-watched shows. Cesar has also launched other shows such as ‘Cesar Millan’s Leader of the Pack’, ‘Cesar 911’ and ‘Cesar Milan Dog Nation’.
He then kicked off a touring lecture ‘show’, ‘Cesar Millan Live’ in which he showcased his dog training techniques and philosophy. He has dipped his toes into various industries, launched dog products and published several books.
Despite having a very prolific and successful career, Cesar and his techniques have been criticized over the years by former clients, media and other canine experts.
Some argued that his tactics were inhumane, outdated, and in some cases highly unsuccessful. One of his dogs, named Junior, reportedly killed Queen Latifa’s dog, which he denied.
As for his love life, after the divorce from Ilusion, he started a relationship with the actress and former styler, Jahira Dar. The couple announced their engagement in 2017 but still haven’t walked down the aisle.