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Julianne Hough Says Opening Up To Her Husband About Her Sexuality Strengthened Their Relationship

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Dancing with the Stars alumnus and America's Got Talent judge Julianne Hough married Canadian NHL hockey player Brooks Laich in 2017.

In an interview for Women's Health's naked strength issue, Hough revealed details of their marriage.


The dancer, actress and singer shared coming out to her husband a few months into their marriage.

"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'."

Hough did not elaborate on how she defines her sexuality: lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual or something else.

But she did share:

"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 Hough added:

"The more I dropped into my most authentic self, the more attracted he was to me."

Hough shared the magazine cover on her Instagram.

Women's Health shared a glimpse of the photoshoot and article as well.


The magazine also shared other versions of the cover.


Laich also shared the cover on his Instagram with a message of support for his wife.

Hough commented on her husband's post with:

@brookslaich/Instagram

Of course, being social media, not everyone was supportive.

@brookslaich/Instagram

@brookslaich/Instagram

@brookslaich/Instagram

@brookslaich/Instagram

But most people were at least kind on Instagram and Twitter.


@brookslaich/Instagram

@brookslaich/Instagram

The issue is on newsstands now.

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