People Magazine
August 01, 2019 8:26 am

It’s been two years since Julianne Hough tied the knot with husband Brooks Laich, and in the time since, the America’s Got Talent judge has been on a journey of self-discovery and personal exploration.

Four months after the couple got married in July 2017, Hough, 31 years old, began her “massive transformation,” she told Women’s Health for its September cover.

Baring all for the outlet’s annual “Naked Strength” issue, Hough admitted that as she was undergoing her personal evolution, she feared Laich, an NHL player and entrepreneur, wouldn’t understand.

As a result, Hough says they now “have a more intimate relationship.”

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Becoming more emotionally and physically intimate allowed Hough to be open with her husband about her sexuality—and reveal that she isn’t straight.

“I [told him], ‘You know I’m not straight, right?’ And he was like, ‘I’m sorry what?’” explains the pro dancer, who created a new dance concept called Kinrgy. “I was like, ‘I’m not. But I choose to be with you.’”

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Recently, Laich, 36 years old, got vulnerable on an episode of his iHeartRadio podcast, How Men Think, revealing that he and Hough began the IVF process shortly before she turned 30 last July.

While the couple isn’t pregnant yet, Laich told PEOPLE he’s more appreciative than ever for Hough, who has been a “warrior” through the process.

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In addition to starting IVF, Hough also froze some of her eggs last year, and “the commitment that she made to us having a family is something I’ll never forget,” Laich added.

Calling Hough a “champion,” Laich said she had three shots a day for two weeks, and dealt with mood swings from the hormones.

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As she continues to experience different seasons of life with her husband alongside her, Hough is prepared for further growth.

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