Julianne Hough is ready to embrace every side of herself and she’s doing so by showing off every side of herself. The Dancing With the Stars judge posed for five covers for the upcoming naked issue of Women’s Health and no surprise, she looks stunning on every single cover. We really need to start dancing more. Hough is also opening up emotionally, sharing her plans for her new workout revolution, her struggles with fertility, and how she classifies her sexuality.
A dancer, singer, and actor, Hough’s latest project is her upcoming line of dance videos called Kingry, which will be released later this year. Hough describes Kingry, a combination of the words kinesiology and energy, as a dance workout that is inclusive and helps nurture people. Hough is still deciding on exactly how she’s going to bring the workouts to people around the world, but there will likely be a livestreaming element to the dance-infused classes.
In the new September issue of Women’s Health, Hough also discusses her health struggles. Diagnosed with endometriosis in 2008, a condition that causes the tissue that lines the uterus to form outside of the uterus, which causes pain during menstruation and sex, Hough said that she and husband Brooks Laich have been experiencing difficulty in their quest to start a family. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 40 percent of women who suffer from endometriosis struggle to get pregnant. Hough and Laich are part of that 40 percent and have begun in vitro fertilization. “I’ve always put it out there that it’s going to be okay,” says Hough, acknowledging that her road to motherhood will be difficult.
The mutli-talented entertainer also told the mag that following her 2017 wedding to Laich, a professional NHL player, she began to see a shift in herself. “I was connecting to the woman inside that doesn’t need anything, versus the little girl that looked to him to protect me,” said Hough. “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.”
The dancer said she opened up to her husband about her sexual orientation and though she stops short of identifying as bisexual, she appears to allude to that. “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,’” says Hough.
Regardless of how Hough chooses to identify, the important thing is that she has a partner who is supportive of her continued quest to evolve, with Julianne putting in the work required to gain a better understanding of herself. “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.”