Julianne Hough opens up about abusive childhood to Cosmopolitan

By Kristen Porricelli,

Julianne Hough appears on the cover of Cosmopolitan's February issue and opened up to the magazine about her physically and emotionally abusive childhood.

At the age of 10, Hough moved from Utah to London to pursue her career as a dancer and said she felt like she was sexualized at an early age, reports The Huffington Post.

"While I was in London, I was abused, mentally, physically, everything," she explained, but added, "I’m a very forgiving person, and I don’t want to hurt anybody. What’s past is past.”

According to ET Online, Hough attended the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Arts on a five-year scholarship with her brother Derek.

"I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer. I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade because that was my job and my life. But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love," she said.

Hough also explained that she isn't looking for anyone's pity, but is instead opening up about her past in order to be a voice for those who don't have one. She declined to go into detail about what occurred but said it became worse when she reached puberty and her abuser started threatening her.

"I was told if I ever went back to the United States, three things were going to happen. One: I was going to amount to nothing. Two: I was going to work at Whataburger. And three: I was going to end up a slut. So it was like, I can’t go back, I have to be this person," she revealed.

Hough did return to the United States and proved she was meant to be a star with her winning performances on Dancing with the Stars and with her continuing acting career.

She also spoke about her relationship with Ryan Seacrest saying, "We love what we do. We take pride in giving it our all, but then when we're alone, we really focus in on going to dinners and being extra-romantic and affectionate and just being there for each other."

Next up for Hough is Safe Haven, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. She stars in the film as a woman with a dark past that haunts her, according to IMDb. The film also stars Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders. It hits theaters on February 14, 2013.

image: Cosmopolitan



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