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Julianne Hough Opens Up About Brooks Laich Divorce

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Dancing With the Stars pro judge Julianne Hough recently opened up about her divorce from former pro hockey player Brooks Laich, telling People she’s “excited” about what the future holds.

Here’s what she had to say about the split:

In an interview with People in connection with her Broadway debut, Hough spoke about how early in her career she felt she had to constantly prove herself, but now she sees that she can just be herself.

“I think as a woman in general you are always underestimated. There was a moment earlier in my career when I had to prove myself. But as I’ve gotten older I don’t feel the need to prove anything; I’m just who I am,” Hough said.

Hough went on to discuss her split from retired hockey pro Brooks Laich, to whom she was married for three years. They separated in May 2020 and finalized their divorce in February 2022.

“You think about what’s important and what’s left for you at the end of your life,” says Hough. “[It’s important to] Making space so you can put your energy and heart into the things you’re really passionate about… I’ve tried to use them [the pandemic] Break as a moment of personal growth and to reconnect with friends and family and most importantly with myself.”

On that note, she said that her “heart is open” to finding someone new and that she definitely “leads with love,” but she’s “not necessarily looking for anything.”

“I focus on the things that make me happy. I focus on going to the flower shop and buying beautiful flowers to make my home feel great. And I focus on being the best version of myself. I’m happy to be in this state of openness,” Hough said.

Hough is currently starring in POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive on Broadway alongside Lea DeLaria, Lilli Cooper, Rachel Dratch, Vanessa Williams, Suzy Nakamura and Julie White. The show received multiple Tony Award nominations for 2022 and Hough was brought on to host the first hour of the awards ceremony for Paramount Plus alongside Broadway star Darren Criss.

Laich must have grown closer to Hough’s family during their time together, which has spanned six years since they began dating in 2014, because Laich and Julianne’s brother and fellow “Dancing With the Stars” pro-judge Derek Hough are still good friends friends with spawn.

The two recently went wakeboarding and waterskiing with Hough’s girlfriend, Hayley Erbert, and several other friends. Hough, Laich and Erbert all posted videos from the field trip to their Instagram stories.

And Erbert wished Laich’s fiancé Katrin Tanja Davidsdotti a happy birthday on May 10 on Instagram. The two got engaged in Iceland on Valentine’s Day 2022, according to In Touch Weekly.

And right around the time Laich and Julianne Hough broke up, he wrote a lengthy birthday message to Derek on Instagram, writing: “Happy Birthday to my brother and one of my all time favorite adventure friends, the incomparable @derekhough! I love spending time with you, D, whether it’s on an epic adventure or just hanging around the house. There’s never a dull moment and I never know what we’re getting into – and I love you for it! Thank you for being you and how you touched my life – I am so grateful for all of that. Love you hubby, happy birthday!”

Dancing With the Stars returns for its 31st season on Disney Plus in fall 2022.

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