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Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich

Julianne Hough & Brooks Laich Announce Split After Flirting On Instagram: It's 'Over Now'

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By Jacob Highley

Julianne Houghand her soon to be ex-husband Brooks Laich just dropped a bombshell on both fans and the media. Despite all evidence to the contrary after seeing the two-time “Dancing With The Stars” Champion getting all flirty with the former-pro hockey player after he posted a “Thirst Trap” on his Instagram, the troubled couple are calling it quits after nearly 3 years of marriage.

Rumor had it that the couple were separately quarantining from each other for more than just physical safety, but who could have foreseen this?

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Julianne Hough 'Not Straight'

Julianne Hough Swimming with female friend
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The 31-year-old dancer did in fact drop hints about her marriage struggling just four months after marrying her burly mate. She told People Magazine that informing her now 36-year-old athlete hubby that she had become gay was scary for her, and wasn't sure how he would respond.

Of course, Brooks took what she said in stride, but it was surprising for him none-the-less:

“I [told him], ‘You know I’m not straight, right?’ And he was like, ‘I’m sorry what?'”

Rumors about Julianne cheating on Brooks also began to circulate after she posted pictures of herself on Instagram swimming with a close female friend.

A 'Safe' Relationship

Brooks Laich on podcast with friend
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She then reassured him that she wasn’t going anywhere even with her sexual preferences very different from his:

“I was like, ‘I’m not. But I choose to be with you.’”

Originally, many thought this was irregular for a woman who had already married a man, but it also stood as a tribute to how strong their bond was because of how "safe" Julianne felt with Brooks even when "unpacking" such sensitive feelings.

Communication between the two proved a big plus for the couple and their followers were impressed by it... But things began to deteriorate.

Laich Nowhere To Be Seen... By Julianne

Julianne hough selfie
Instagram @juleshough

This year has proved difficult for many due to the Coronavirus, but it apparently gave Julianne and Brooks an opportunity to change the direction of their relationship.

Earlier this year 2020 they announced that they would each be living separately to quarantine, Laich in Idaho, and Julianne in Las Angeles, California. This received a mixed reaction from followers as fans began to question whether they were planning to separate.

The rumors got worse as it seemed Hough was constantly pursuing her modeling and business career while Laich seemed completely off her radar in Idaho.


Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich on a walk
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Brooks was hosting podcasts and doing “yard work” on their large property with numerous posts showing how happy he was to be outdoors all the time.

He also admitted that his constant exercise and time away from Julianne left him completely without “a sexual charge, I'm so wiped out."

The two of them released a joint statement to PEOPLE, announcing that the relationship was officially over:

"We have lovingly and carefully taken the time we have needed to arrive at our decision to separate,” They went on to say in the joint statement, "We share an abundance of love and respect for one another and will continue to lead with our hearts from that place. We kindly request your compassion and respect for our privacy moving forward."

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