Julianne Hough is the latest celebrity to come out as LGBT. In an interview with Women’s Health, the America’s Got Talent judge shares how she revealed her sexuality to husband Brooks Laich.
“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.’,” Julianne added, “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 had fears her husband wouldn’t accept 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.”
Julianne was diagnosed with Endometriosis in 2008–a condition in which the tissue lining the uterus forms outside of it, causing pelvic pain during menstruation and sex. As 40% of women who suffer from the condition also struggle with infertility, Julianne and her husband announced in June that they were starting in vitro fertilization to increase their chances of conceiving a baby.
Having initially found fame as a pro dancer and judge on Dancing with the Stars, Julianne also released an album in 2008, which earned her a No 1 on Billboard’s country charts and a Top New Artist award at the Academy of Country Music Awards. However, after the lead single on her never-released second album failed, she dropped out of the music business in 2012.
“I gave up because of my fear of failure,” she admitted. But recently, she has begun writing lyrics again. “Every song has been about transformation,” she says. “It’s so where I’m at. Being able to move stuck energy, I let down my walls.”
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