Among the long list of Dancing With the Stars pros who have found lasting love with one another are Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd, and Emma Slater and Sasha Farber — not to mention Derek Hough, whose DWTS love story is more than five years in the making.
During his 17-season tenure as a contestant on DWTS, Derek earned the title of MVP — most valuable pro dancer — with a total of six wins. But he has a seventh victory of sorts from the show: meeting his longtime girlfriend, Hayley Erbert. But is Derek Hough married?
In an exclusive interview with Distractify, Derek dished on their holiday plans and how the pandemic allowed him and Hayley to spend some quality time in the kitchen. Here’s what we learned.
Is Derek Hough married? Meet his longtime girlfriend, Hayley Erbert.
Derek and Hayley are a match made in heaven — both on the dance floor and in their romantic relationship. The couple started dating in 2015, only a year after Hayley joined Derek and his sister, Julianne Hough, for their 40-city Move Live tour.
Despite rumors, the two aren’t engaged to be married just yet. But after years of sharing a stage, Hayley and Derek now share a home together in California, which, according to Derek, is where they’ve spent the duration of the pandemic.
While many struggled to keep their relationships intact during quarantine, Derek’s love for his longtime girlfriend has only grown stronger. The DWTS judge told Distractify, “This past year and a half during quarantine, I've been cooking with my girlfriend in the kitchen. And it's been bringing us together.”
Derek admitted that Hayley is the resident chef in their household, while he’s more of “a distraction.” He explained, “I'm just in the background, like, you know — doing dances and doing things in the background. She's definitely the boss in the kitchen for sure and knows what she's doing.”
Whether it’s in the comfort of their home or in front of a crowd, Derek said that his chemistry with Hayley extends far beyond what viewers see on camera. "Just like a dance or performance," Derek shared, "it's all about creating something and then sharing it with others. [Cooking] was something that I never really realized that I would enjoy. But she brought me into the kitchen, and I love it."
Given that the holidays are right around the corner, it’s likely that Haley’s culinary skills — and Derek’s lack thereof — will be in full effect.
Derek Hough is spending the holidays in Hayley Erbert’s hometown.
Along with ice skating and spending time with loved ones, Derek told Distractify that many of his favorite holiday festivities involve food, which is why his new partnership with the American Egg Board is a perfect fit.
The #EggceptionalHolidays campaign invites families to put a spin on traditional holiday recipes and support American egg farmers while they're at it.
Derek revealed that he and Hayley are spending Christmas together in Hayley’s hometown for the first time, which is a major milestone in their relationship. “I'm looking forward to this year,” he shared. “Being with her family, and she's going to show me around her city — so I'm really looking forward to that.”
Included in the Eggceptional recipes that Derek is most excited about reinventing this season is The Incredible Egg’s jalapeno cornbread, which Derek said tastes like home.
You can find more recipes on TheIncredibleEgg.com and see new episodes of DWTS Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.