After years of tirelessly working on films, Utah-native actress, Julianne Hough shifted her attention to dancing. She has won ABC’s Dancing with the Stars twice and was nominated in the 5th season of the show for the Creative Arts Primetime Emmy award. This was in 2007, and the award was for Outstanding Choreography.
Apart from pro dancing, which comes with jam-packed training sessions and consecutive performance schedules, the Hollywood star is also making a mark as a singer and has released an album of country songs. This article takes us through her journey to the limelight since 2001.
Julianne Hough Attended A Dance School in London
Born Julianne Alexandra Hough on July 20, 1988, she grew up in Orem, Utah, along with her siblings being the youngest of them. Her father Bruce has chaired the Utah Republican Party twice. However, information about the career of her mother, Marianne, seems to be scarce. Hough attended a dance school in London, as well as the US Las Vegas Academy.
Her parent’s marriage produced five children, all of whom gave Julianne the advantage of having the protection of four older siblings as she grew up. The Hough children are mainly daughters – Sharee, Maribeth, Katherine, including Julianne. The only son in the family is Derek Hough, a pro dancer and Julianne’s partner in the dance show Move Live On Tour. The two organized the show in 2014, and it took place in 40 cities of the USA.
She Comes from A Family Of Veteran Dancers
Apart from her brother, there are still other members of her family who are involved in dancing. The Houghs can be best described as a dance-loving family. All of her grandparents (both maternal and paternal) were passionate dancers and ballroom professionally. Her parents also went through the same lane during their days in college. More interestingly, her grandmother was sister to the grandmom of Riker, Rydel, and Ross Lynch from R5, which makes her a second cousin to them.
Hough loved dancing as a child. She and her brother started quite early to hone their dancing skills, enrolling at Italia Conti Academy Theatre Arts after their parting parents sent them to London to stay with their dance coaches. In London, the duo got trained in different types of dance, including ballet and jazz. They also got trained in songs, theatre, and gymnastics. At age 15, Julianne became a dance force and won International Latin Youth Champion. She also won Junior World Latin Competition at the Blackpool Dance Festival. But this was only the beginning of her success.
Her Professional Dancing Career Took-off When She Returned To The US
In 2006, after moving back to the US from the UK, Julianne Hough started her dancing career professionally. Before this time, she had already featured in some films, including Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Burlesque, among others. Her breakthrough came when she won the fourth season of Dancing with the Stars and became the youngest pro dancer to win the dance competition. She won again the next season while tagged along with Helio Castroneves. The win earned her an Emmy Awards’ nomination for Outstanding Choreography. She has participated either as a judge or guest-judge in the last nine seasons of Dancing with the Stars.
Also as a singer, Hough has made some significant achievements. Her debut album released in 2008 charted number three on the US Billboard 200. On top of that, the star is not relenting on the TV circle. She has 7 big film credits since her debut in 2001. Some of her notable films include Rock of Ages, Safe Haven, and Footloose. Her various talents have equally won her numerous awards, including Primetime Emmy Award and Teen Choice Award.
Julianne Hough Was Already Earning Big Before She Went Into Professional Dancing
It is common knowledge that before going fully into dancing, Julianne Hough had a thriving career as an actress, thus, it follows that she started amassing wealth even before she came into her own as a dancer. Between the artist’s dancing profession and acting gig, one would not be far from the truth to surmise that her prowess on the dance floor is the real money-spinner. The cynosure of Dancing With The Stars reality shows has won the contest twice with a couple of prestigious awards attached to her victories.
With that said, we must also recognize the artist’s talent as a singer, which has led her to produce an album of country music, has contributed a digit or two to her wallet. Presently, Julianne Hough has made enough money from her multiple talents. She enjoys life in a beautiful villa in Las Vegas that costs $2 million, and she also rides in a G-class SUV Mercedez estimated at $38,000. This standard of life doesn’t seem too luxurious for a woman whose net worth is estimated at $7 million.
Her Marriage to Professional Hockey Player Brooks Laich
Julianne Hough has been dating successful and famous men, at least for her relationship history we know. First was fellow country singer Chuck Wicks, whom she dated for nearly one year. After the two broke up mutually, Hough and radio personality, Ryan Seacrest, began dating. Their affair started in 2010 but crumbled in 2013. Months after their split, speculations began spreading that professional hockey player Brooks Laich had been dating the blonde-haired actress since 2013.
It was later revealed that they were introduced in December 2013 by Teddy Sears – Julianne Hough’s Curve co-star. The chemistry was really strong for the duo, which made them confirm by February 2014 that they were an item. Barely 18 months later, in August 2015, fans were surprised to receive news of their official engagement and in an elegant outdoor event hosted outside of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, the duo wedded in 2017.
Their wedding was a luxurious affair attended by over 200 guests. After the lavish ceremony, Julianne Hough and her brand new husband proceeded on their honeymoon in Seychelles, sharing photos of their vacation on Instagram.
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My dude and @nitrocircus stud @ethenroberts says “get on, I’m gonna do a wheelie with you on the front”. We didn’t have a second helmet, but sometimes you just gotta throw caution to the wind and go for it…. thankful for the awesome adrenaline rush buddy – glad I made it out alive! Would you have gone? 🙋♂️🏍
Their Marriage Started Getting Rocky By The Middle of 2019
Things seemed to be going well with the couple until June 2019 when Laich disclosed that his wife was undergoing INF treatment to increase her chances of conception as she has endometriosis. However, it was later revealed that pregnancy was completely out of it since Hough already had her eggs frozen as a precautionary measure. To make issues worse, the dancer told her husband a couple of months later that she isn’t straight, explaining that she just chose to be with him.
Brooks Laich’s response to his wife’s statement came in September 2019. According to the athlete, his spouse is constantly evolving, challenging, as well as growing. Their relationship got out of hand by December, with Brooks fueling speculations when he talked about becoming a better man on Instagram. Julianne Hough’s husband equally shared another post listing his goals for the New Year, which included stuff like learning more about intimacy, as well as his sexuality. He equally talked about being more present in his relationships.
Things appeared to have come to an end when Julianne Hough was spotted without her wedding rings while serving as a host for NBC’s New Year’s Eve event. The first month of 2020 saw the player sharing a cryptic post about “stepping into a new chapter” on his Instagram page. They finally confirmed their separation in a joint statement on the 29th of May 2020 and Hough, who didn’t appear troubled, returned online to continue teaching her Kinrgy fitness classes.
Julianne Hough’s Nude Photo On the Cover Of Women’s Health Sparked Speculations About Her Sexuality
The speculations about Julianne Hough’s sexuality started making the rounds after she graced the front page of Women’s Health magazine in her nudity last August. The rumors ran rife when she revealed that she had previously told her husband that she is not straight.
Though Julianne Hough has been praised for her courage in opening up to her husband, even by her brother, who was quick to share her nude photo on the cover of Women’s Health on his Instagram. Currently, the identity of her girlfriend remains shrouded.