Dancer and actress, Julianne Hough, stripped off for her Women’s Health photoshoot, showing off her incredible skills on the aerial silks, as she revealed she was ‘not straight’.
She was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2008 – a painful condition which can affect a woman’s ability to conceive – and recently revealed she was undergoing IVF in order to have a baby.
Julianne, 31, and her husband, professional hockey player Brooks Laich, started the process in June and she says she’s positive about it: ‘I’ve always put it out there that it’s going to be okay’.
She revealed that the past year has been a process of finding herself, explaining: ‘I was connecting to the woman inside that doesn’t need anything, versus the little girl that looked to [Brooks] to protect me.
‘I was like, “Is he going to love this version of me?” But the more I dropped into my most authentic self, the more attracted he was to me. Now we have a more intimate relationship.’ So intimate, in fact, that Julianne admitted something even her husband didn’t previously know about her sexuality.
She explained: ‘I [told him], “You know I’m not straight, right?” And he was like, “I’m sorry, what?” I was like, “I’m not. But I choose to be with you”. ‘I think there’s a safety with my husband now that I’m unpacking all of this, and there’s no fear of voicing things that I’ve been afraid to admit or that I’ve had shame or guilt about because of what I’ve been told or how I was raised.’
Julianne also says she chose to do the nude shoot because she didn’t want to do something ‘demure’ with her body covered up, instead choosing to be ‘free’ – and by the sounds of it, she’s embracing that ethos in every other area of her life, too.
Photo Credit: Women’s Health