Julianne Hough says telling husband she's 'not straight' brought them closer

Julianne Hough is embarking on a journey of self-discovery after undergoing a “massive transformation” two years into her marriage to husband Brooks Laich.

The “America’s Got Talent” judge got candid in the September issue of Women’s Health about how her priorities shifted after she tied the knot with the professional hockey player, and why she feared her newfound sense of self might drive them apart.

“I was connecting to the woman inside that doesn’t need anything, versus the little girl that looked to him to protect me,” Hough told the magazine. “I was like, ‘Is he going to love this version of me?’”

But the former “Dancing with the Stars” pro says the two now have a “more intimate relationship” because she revealed certain truths about herself.

“The more I dropped into my most authentic self, the more attracted he was to me,” she explained.

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A key step for Hough on her journey of personal evolution was opening up to Laich about her sexuality.

“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,’” she recalled.

Hough, who grew up in a strict Mormon community outside Salt Lake City alongside her brother and frequent collaborator Derek, says she needed to work through some experiences from her childhood before coming to terms with her sexuality.

“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,” she explained.

Before going public with her relationship with Laich in 2014, Hough was previously linked to country singer Chuck Wicks and TV personality Ryan Seacrest, whom she dated for three years until 2013.

Hough and Laich tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Idaho in 2017 and haven’t been shy about the ups and downs of married life.

During a candid conversation on Laich’s podcast last month, the couple discussed how seeking the counsel of a sex coach saved their relationship and brought them closer than ever.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich attend Steven Tyler's GRAMMY Awards viewing party benefiting Janie's Fund held at Raleigh Studios on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/Getty Images )
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Julianne Hough (L) and Brooks Laich attend City Year Los Angeles' Spring Break: Destination Education at Sony Studios on April 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 10: Brooks Laich (L) and Julianne Hough attend Julianne Hough and Anita Patrickson Host an evening at AMANU to benefit LOVE UNITED at Amanu on May 10, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Amanu)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Brooks Laich (L) and Julianne Hough attend City Year Los Angeles' Spring Break: Destination Education at Sony Studios on April 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Julianne Hough (L) and Brooks Laich attend Lorraine Schwartz launches The Eye Bangle a new addition to her signature Against Evil Eye Collection at Delilah on March 13, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Lorraine Schwartz )
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 16: Brooks Laich (L) and Julianne Hough attend the Volkswagen Holiday Drive-In Event at Releigh Studios in Los Angeles, California on December 16, 2017. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for dOMAIN Integrated)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actress Julianne Hough and husband Brooks Laich attend The Trevor Project's 2017 TrevorLIVE LA at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 03: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend The Trevor Project's 2017 TrevorLIVE LA Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for The Trevor Project )
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 12: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend the Paint & Sip & Help event to Benefit Children's Hospital Los Angeles hosted by The Grove on October 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Caruso)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend Nina Dobrev celebrates the harper by Harper's BAZAAR September Issue with an Event Presented By Sephora In LA at Rosaline on August 22, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for harper by Harper's BAZAAR)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Professional hockey player Brooks Laich and professional dancer Julianne Hough attend the 6th Annual Celebration of Dance Gala Presented by The Dizzy Feet Foundation at The Novo by Microsoft on September 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Dizzy Feet Foundation)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 22: Dancer/Actress Julianne Hough and fiance Brooks Laich of the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Sleeping Beauty Castle with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland park on June 22, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Resorts via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: Brooks Laich and fiance Julianne Hough attend FOX's "Grease: Live" For Your Consideration Event Event at Paramount Studios on June 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attend the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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