Julianne Hough Explains Failed Ryan Seacrest Romance, Talks Boyfriend Brooks Laich

Celebrity News Jul. 1, 2014 AT 9:45AM
Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Award Julianne Hough opened up about her split from Ryan Seacrest in the August 2014 issue of Redbook. Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

What might have been! Dance pro and actress Julianne Hough got personal in the August 2014 issue of Redbook, digging deep and analyzing where she went wrong in her past relationships. 

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The Dancing With the Stars alum, 25, has been dating hockey player Brooks Laich since December 2013; before Laich, of course, there was Ryan Seacrest, her serious boyfriend for nearly three years.

“Every relationship, there was nothing wrong or bad, but there was nothing right,” she said of her previous romances. “I had one foot out because I didn’t want to get hurt. And I didn’t say what was on my mind because I didn’t want to ruffle any feathers. I needed to be perfect.” 

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These days, she’s way more than content with her NHL hunk. The pair were set up by mutual pal Teddy Sears last winter and have been going strong ever since. 

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“Now I’m not holding anything back, because I’d rather get my heart broken than never know what it is to be completely, madly in love,” Hough added. “If I had been this open in my last relationship, who knows?”

After splitting from the American Idol host Seacrest, 39, in March 2013, the Safe Haven star took some time off from dating, and came to a new realization while on a trip with her family.

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“I had this epiphany when my family went to a six-day seminar [last November] about creating your own destiny,” she said. “I learned so much about myself and why my relationships didn’t work that by the end I was on a high. I was seeing a couple people, but immediately [pretends to text guys], ‘You are nice, but this is going nowhere.’ The next day my Curve costar introduced [Brooks and me]. It couldn’t have been a better time. We’ve been open and honest from day one.”

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