Married Julianne Hough Reveals She's Not 'Totally Straight;' Takes Break From Husband Brooks Laich

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Is Julianne Hough Gay? Singer Reveals She's Not Straight Amid Marriage Break From Brooks Laich
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We know Julianne Hough from her appearances on Dancing with the Stars, where she and her partner won seasons four and five! We also know her from her high-profile relationship with Ryan Seacrest, whom she dated for three years from 2010 to 2013.

Though we've only seen her with men, back in September, Hough opened up about her marriage and her road to self-discovery. In the interview, she revealed she wasn’t straight.

Is Julianne Hough gay?

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In the September 2019 issue of Women’s Health, she revealed, ”I was connecting to the woman inside that doesn’t need anything, versus the little girl that looked to him to protect me. I was like, ‘Is he going to love this version of me?’ But the more I dropped into my most authentic self, the more attracted he was to me... I [told him], ‘You know I’m not straight, right?’ And he was like, ‘I’m sorry what?’ I was like, ‘I’m not. But I choose to be with you.’”

In July 2017, Hough tied the knot with NHL player Brooks Laich. And over two years later, she dropped a bombshell on all of us while appearing on the cover, revealing an inner struggle that began just four months after getting married.

But now, there may be trouble in paradise with her husband. Is Julianne Hough gay?

According to a source, “They have been spending time apart but are not ready to share what’s going on between them. They don’t even really know what to call it. There’s a ton of love and emotion there and they are going through something very personal... She’s been very private about this time in her life and is not making any kind of official announcement. She is honoring her work commitments, as is he, and it’s kept them apart. But things have definitely changed in their relationship.”

Not only have fans noticed that Hough hasn't been wearing her wedding ring, but the two are also noticeably absent from one another's social media accounts. The last time Hough was seen on Laich's Instagram was on Thanksgiving. As for Hough's account, it's filled with photos of her with other celebrities, and the last time she posted about her husband was all the way back in August 2019.

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On January 7, Laich made a post saying he was "stepping into a new chapter" in his life. Could this be a chapter without his wife?

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"In 2020 I look forward to releasing old identities, and stepping into a new chapter in my life. I find myself wanting to officially say the words 'I retire' from professional hockey, instead of vehemently resisting it as I have been for the last 2 years. I feel a new stage of life calling me, and though I don’t exactly know what it is yet, it feels right, and exciting!" he wrote. 

Only time will tell if the two will stay together. But when Hough announced she wasn't straight, she revealed that she and her husband had an even more intimate and close relationship.

“I think there’s a safety with my husband now that I’m unpacking all of this, and there’s no fear of voicing things that I’ve been afraid to admit or that I’ve had shame or guilt about because of what I’ve been told or how I was raised,” she said at the time.

Hough was raised in a Mormon family, the youngest of five children, including her brother, Derek Hough.

It was a strict household, and as Hough described it, “No sex before marriage, no drinking, no caffeine, no smoking, no swear words, no R-rated movies.” Though she’s no longer a member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she credits the church for instilling her with certain morals. 

But if you’re not familiar with Mormonism, the church isn’t quite LGBT-friendly. They’ve taught that homosexuality is curable and have campaigned against same-sex marriage. Growing up, if Hough had revealed that she wasn’t straight, it could have cause turmoil in her family as well as in the church.

Sexuality is a spectrum, and though she states she isn’t straight, it could mean many things. Plus, she’s determined to help others with her experience, adding, “I’ve been de-layering all the survival tactics I’ve built up my whole life. Now, I feel limitless. When I think about what I want to create, I want to help people connect back to their truest self. When that happens, they can relate to the people around them with no filter and experience the world how we’re supposed to experience it — in its most pure form, which I believe is love.”

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