Former Dancing With the Stars judge Julianne Hough originally tied the knot with NHL player Brooks Laich in 2017. At the time, the two seemed to have a happy and healthy marriage, even opening up about some of the not-so-glamorous parts of their relationship and sex life.
But back in August, Julianne admitted in an interview that she's "not straight," which clearly puts the status of her relationship with Brooks in questions. Months later, people are asking: are they still married?
Yes, Julianne and Brooks are still married.
Despite the bombshell announcement back in August, it doesn't seem like she and Brooks are considering divorce at all. There have been no reports of the two splitting, or even taking a break from each other, despite what most want to believe.
Julianne revealed during her cover story for Women's Health Magazine's "Naked" issue that after some soul-searching, she realized that she wasn't straight.
"I [told him], 'You know I'm not straight, right?'" she said. "And he was like, 'I'm sorry, what?' I was like, 'I'm not. But I choose to be with you.'"
But it seems like Brooks is OK with that, telling the podcast How Men Think “Whatever my wife needs, whatever I can do, I’m fighting the smallest portion of the fight with her. There are certain things in my wife’s life that I know she appreciates that help her feel calm and help her feel relaxed, so I double those efforts during that time just to show that I’m there with her and I support her.”
"I was connecting to the woman inside that doesn't need anything, versus the little girl that looked to him to protect me," Julianne said. "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. Now we have a more intimate relationship."
She said the realization came while she was going through IVF.
Julianne was diagnosed with endometriosis, which makes the process of having children much harder for those with it. In her and Brooks' effort to have kids, Julianne said she was going through in vitro fertilization, but "she feared he wouldn't vibe with her evolution," the magazine says.
"I was connecting to the woman inside that doesn't need anything, versus the little girl that looked to him to protect me," she said. "I was like, 'Is he going to love this version of me?'"
This is what led her to do more searching within herself, which led to the realization and her eventual confession to Brooks.
"But the more I dropped into my most authentic self, the more attracted he was to me," she said. "Now we have a more intimate relationship... 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,"
Julianne and Brooks tied the knot in 2017.
After initially meeting through a mutual friend in 2014, the two officially tied the knot in an outdoor wedding on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on July 8, 2017.
She said the initial realization of her sexuality came four months into her marriage with Brooks, but it looks like he has continued to stand by her side regardless.
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