Julianne Hough is taking it all off!
The 31-year-old professional dancer is featured on five separate covers for Women’s Health magazine’s annual “N*ked Strength” issue, where she poses for pictures and shares a never-before-heard story about her sexuality that she recently revealed to husband Brooks Laich.
“I didn’t want to do a demure shoot where I was trying to cover my body,” Hough says of why she decided to go nude for the shoot. “I wanted to do something where I was free. Now I’m walking around naked all the time, and I love it!”
Sharing her truth. Julianne Hough revealed in a new interview about her self-exploration journey that she recently told her husband, Brooks Laich, something that he never knew.
“I [told him], ‘You know I’m not straight, right?’ And he was like, ‘I’m sorry, what?’” the Dancing With the Stars judge, 31, said in her September 2019 cover story for Women’s Health. “I was like, ‘I’m not. But I choose to be with you.’”
She continued, “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.”
In the magazine’s annual “Naked Strength” issue, for which she completely stripped down, the Emmy nominee admitted that she was afraid Laich would not fully understand her evolution over the past year.
“I was connecting to the woman inside that doesn’t need anything, versus the little girl that looked to him to protect me,” she explained. “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.”
Hough doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. “I’m going to shift for the rest of my life,” she told Women’s Health. “I’m not like, ‘Oh, I got it.’ But I’m trusting myself now, and when I’m totally connected to me, I feel full. I want others to see that in themselves too.”
Her hope is that others will have a similarly life-changing experience when the method launches this year. “When I think about what I want to create, I want to help people connect back to their truest self. When that happens, they can relate to the people around them with no filter and experience the world how we’re supposed to experience it—in its most pure form, which I believe is love.”
Julianne recently got a crash course in the whole “no filter” thing in a different way, posing for the cover of this Naked Strength issue. “I didn’t want to do a demure shoot where I was trying to cover my body,” she says. “I wanted to do something where I was free.”