Julianne Hough Had a Goal to Be “Single for an Entire Year” After Ryan Seacrest Split

Julianne Hough poses for the March 2014 issue of Self magazine
Julianne Hough tells Self magazine that she wanted to be "single for an entire year" after splitting from Ryan Seacrest. Dewey Nicks

She didn’t quite reach her goal! In the March issue of Self, Julianne Hough revealed that she wanted to be single for a year after splitting from Ryan Seacrest back in March 2013. Multiple sources confirmed to Us Weekly on Monday, Feb. 17, however, that the 25-year-old Rock of Ages actress is currently dating hockey player Brooks Laich.

“I’m a relationship girl, and I feel so grateful for the ones I’ve been in,” Hough told Self. “They’ve been excellent — I’ve been hurt but never angry — and they’ve helped me grow to be who I am today.”

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“But my goal has been to be single for an entire year. There have been moments when I’m like, ‘This sucks!’ But my dad used to say to me, ‘When you feel happy with who you are, you won’t need anybody to fill a void.’ So for now, I’m focusing on my work and my soul,” she explained. “I honestly don’t care if I meet somebody or not. I’m just loving life on my own with my own two feet on the ground.”

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The Safe Haven star nearly reached her goal, but is back off the market already. She was spotted holding hands and sharing a kiss with Laich of the Washington Capitals at Disneyland on Saturday, Feb. 15. An insider told Us the couple were set up by mutual friends and that Hough is “happier than ever.”

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Julianne Hough on the March 2014 cover of Self magazine. Dewey Nicks

As she’s pushed herself out of her comfort zone in her personal life this past year, Hough was also pushing herself in the gym. The former Dancing With the Stars pro told Self that she’s been changing up her workout routine.

“People are afraid to go to the gym because they’re out of shape or they won’t try to do a marathon because they’re scared they won’t finish. But you’ve got to just go for it and keep going,” she said. “I used to hate cardio because I have a little bit of asthma. But I’ve recently gotten into running. Once you pass that ‘I can’t breathe, this sucks so bad’ moment, it’s therapeutic.”

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Fitness is important to the actress. As for dieting? Not so much! “Eating is an experience for me. It’s like, This might be my last meal, so I better have everything on the menu!” Hough joked. “I love a really good Italian dinner: an artichoke salad, penne with red sauce and a margarita pizza. And then it’s fun to go to another place for dessert because it makes the moment last longer. I’m the queen of Yogurtland.”

For more of Hough’s interview, pick up the March issue of Self, on newsstands Feb. 25.

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