It was reported on Wednesday that Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich are spending some time apart, although there was no indication that the two are separating or considering divorce. Now, more details about their current situation are being revealed by sources close to the couple.
“They’ve been having problems for months,” one source told PEOPLE. “She’s very independent and a free spirit, and that’s been tough for Brooks and their marriage.”
A second source provided more info to the outlet. “It seems they are not giving up, but also not talking about it,” they said. “They want to do this their way. They don’t want to discuss their marriage. They have been having problems, but many people do.
“Maybe it’s a just a phase, maybe not,” the source added. “But either way they are not going to address it publicly right now.”
E! News first broke the news that they two were spending time apart.
“They have been spending time apart but are not ready to share what’s going on between them,” a source told E!. “They don’t even really know what to call it. There’s a ton of love and emotion there and they are going through something very personal.
“She’s been very private about this time in her life and is not making any kind of official announcement,” the source added. “She is honoring her work commitments, as is he, and it’s kept them apart. But things have definitely changed in their relationship.”
On January 7, Laich shared his goals for 2020 in an Instagram post, which included starting a “new chapter” in his life.
“In 2020 I look forward to releasing old identities, and stepping into a new chapter in my life,” he wrote. “I find myself wanting to officially say the words ‘I retire’ from professional hockey, instead of vehemently resisting it as I have been for the last 2 years. I feel a new stage of life calling me, and though I don’t exactly know what it is yet, it feels right, and exciting!”
And last month, in his Instagram story, he raised suspicions when he wrote the he is “open to all things and present in my relationships” and wanted to learn more “about intimacy and my sexuality.”