Julianne Hough felt she did not ‘deserve’ the life ex Ryan Seacrest gave her: ‘I was on private planes, yachts… it was different from where I grew up’
Julianne Hough felt she ‘didn’t deserve’ the lifestyle she led with Ryan Seacrest.
The 32-year-old dancer was in a relationship with the presenter for three years until 2013 and she recalled how he showed her the high life which included private jets and fancy yachts.
Looking back: Julianne Hough reflected on her past relationship with Ryan Seacrest on an Instagram Live discussion; the pair is seen at the Safe Haven premiere in 2013
The VIP life: The duo on a jet ski outside the yacht they stayed on in Saint Barths in 2012
Speaking with influencer Valeria Lipovetsky on Instagram Live, she said, ‘I was on private planes and yachts and living in a very, very well-off house and my life was pretty different from where I grew up.’ She was raised in Utah with brother Derek Hough, also a DWTS vet.
But then the glam faded when they split. ‘It was 2013 and I had just gotten out of a relationship that was very high profile,’ the star said never mentioning Ryan’s name.
She added that she left the relationship because ‘I wanted to create that for myself because I kind of felt like I didn’t deserve it. Like, I didn’t earn that, so now I need to go and create that for myself.’
The Footloose actress admitted she lost her sense of self at the time.
‘During that year of my life…I just kind of went off and I did things different than I had done before,’ said Hough.
Julianne explained that, during the relationship, she found herself steering away from ‘living in a state of perfection and image and doing everything the right way.’
PDA! Seacrest is seen kissing Hough on the cheek at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in 2013
Second thoughts: The dancer said that the lavishness she experienced during the relationship was unexpected; the former couple is seen in 2012
She added: ‘I kind of just was like…I’m just going to do things where I’m not going to necessarily overthink them to make sure that I’m doing everything perfect and right.
‘And that year, I kind of got a little lost…I was like, “I’m 24 and I don’t really know who Julianne is.”‘
Julianne went on to marry Brooks Laich in 2017 but they split earlier this year and she recently filed for divorce.
Although the two tried to work on their marriage, they ultimately felt as though they had too many differences to make a romance work between them.
Taking it easy: The former America’s Got Talent host said that during the relationship with Seacrest, she resolved to ‘do things where I’m not going to necessarily overthink them’; the two are seen here in 2012
The good life indeed: In 2010 having a romantic meal of fresh grilled lobster on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The former couple remained close after splitting in May because of their mutual friends and shared business deals, but have now officially decided they’re better off as friends.
The Rock Of Ages actress and her estranged spouse announced their separation in a joint statement earlier this year, after they had spent months self-isolating separately amid the coronavirus pandemic, with Brooks in Idaho and Julianne at home in Los Angeles.
Their statement read: ‘We have lovingly and carefully taken the time we have needed to arrive at our decision to separate. We share an abundance of love and respect for one another and will continue to lead with our hearts from that place. We kindly request your compassion and respect for our privacy moving forward.’
The former pair: Brooks and Hough announced their separation earlier this year and recently filed for divorce; the former pair is seen in 2019
She is doing better than ever though: The waltz queen is seen with her toned tummy