DWTS’ Julianne Hough Opens Up About Being Queer & Mormon

Former “Dancing With the Stars” pro-turned-judge Julianne Hough opened up in a brand new interview about how exhausting it may be to establish as queer and likewise be a member of the Mormon church.

Here is what she needed to say about her expertise with popping out and likewise her divorce from ex-husband Brooks Laich.

Coming Out Was Julianne’s ‘Truth’

In an interview with the New York Post as a part of her Broadway debut within the play “POTUS: Or, Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive,” Julianne talked about how she got here out as bisexual to her ex-husband Brooks Laich, one thing she beforehand addressed in a Women’s Health interview as nicely.

To the Post, Julianne mentioned that she did not imply for that interview to be her massive “popping out” second, however that’s form of what ended up occurring.

“I did not actually have a second of like, ‘I’m going to do that.’ It simply was,” mentioned Julianne. “I simply mentioned one thing and, you understand, it simply got here out that approach. And it’s my fact. Everybody’s [coming-out] expertise is totally different, and I come from a Mormon background the place … it hasn’t been checked out as one thing that is accepted. But I do know that my mother and father, my buddies, my household love me, they usually’re pleased with me. And so I had a very good expertise.”

She added that her brother Derek Hough, who was additionally a “Dancing With the Stars” professional dancer and is now a choose, helps her loads — “We assist one another and steadiness one another out.”

In the Women’s Health interview, Julianne acknowledged that when she advised her husband, “You know I’m not straight, proper?”, at first, it threw him for a loop, however she assured him that she was selecting to be with him and she or he was simply unpacking plenty of issues about herself.

“[T]this is no worry of voicing issues that I’ve been afraid to confess or that I’ve had disgrace or guilt about due to what I’ve been advised or how I used to be raised,” she advised Women’s Health.

Julianne Says Her Divorce is a ‘New Beginning’

Julianne additionally spoke about divorcing from Brooks Laich, which was finalized in June 2022 after they first filed for divorce in November 2020. She advised the Post that they’d a “stunning separation” and she or he needs “nothing however the very best for him.”

“We had probably the most stunning separation. We went by way of issues amicably. It was full of love and respect. Like any relationship which means one thing, you be taught and also you develop, and you might be blessed with these riches that you just skilled from that relationship,” mentioned the dancer. “We each really feel past blessed for having one another in our lives throughout that interval of life. I need nothing however the very best for him. I want him the very best, no matter that appears like. And in order that’s actually the place we’re.”

Julianne additionally revealed that she’s open to courting, even when she might not be actively pursuing it in the meanwhile.

“I’m main with love. I’m attempting to maintain my coronary heart open, however I simply need to be the very best model of myself,” mentioned Julianne. “I actually do consider in vitality and … if I’m in the very best place for me, I’m going to draw individuals which can be proper for me on this second.”

For now, Julianne is embracing the Broadway neighborhood and it’s embracing her proper again. She advised the Post that it’s not misplaced on her that she is presently working close to the birthplace of the LGBTQ rights motion, Stonewall, and it was “actually an honor” to be requested to host the primary hour of the 2022 Tony Awards, she advised “CBS Mornings” in a pre-show interview.

“This is my first expertise popping out to New York and being part of the Broadway neighborhood and … [it’s] so beneficiant and type and welcoming. But additionally, after the final couple years, Broadway coming again and the seventy fifth anniversary [of the awards], that is actually an honor to have the ability to be requested to host this primary act of the Tony Awards,” mentioned Julianne.

She can also be protecting busy with the wine label she based together with her finest pal, actress Nina Dobrev, referred to as Fresh Vine Wine, which focuses on making wines which can be decrease in energy, carbohydrates, and sugar, based on the web site. The two women celebrated their firm’s preliminary public providing with a go to to the New York Stock Exchange in December 2021 the place they rang the bell and celebrated by serving glasses of their wines.

“The concept that we are able to create one thing that was premium wine, premium style and likewise actually discover the area of interest, that white house of low-calorie, low-carb after which, to do it along with your finest pal, is the very best factor on this planet,” Julianne advised Fox Business on the time.

“Dancing With the Stars” returns for its thirty first season in fall 2022 on Disney Plus.

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