Redbook Recruits Julianne Hough For August 2014 Cover

Posted Tuesday July 1, 2014 10:35 AM GMT

With so many varied experiences in her relatively short Tinseltown tenure, Julianne Hough has built quite a resume, including the cover spot for the August 2014 issue of Redbook, on newsstands July 8th.

The “Safe Haven” star looks gorgeous in a top/skirt combo by Alberta Ferretti and photographer Matt Jones definitely captured some winning shots for the spread.

In her interview, Julianne got candid about her dating experience- “Every relationship, there was nothing wrong or bad, but there was nothing right. I had one foot out because I didn’t want to get hurt. And I didn’t say what was on my mind because I didn’t want to ruffle any feathers. I needed to be perfect. Now I’m not holding anything back because I’d rather get my heart broken than never know what it is to be completely, madly in love. If I had been this open in my last relationship, who knows?”

So what changed? “I had this epiphany when my family went to a six-day seminar [last November] about creating your own destiny. I was not into it at first, but I learned so much about myself and why my relationships didn’t work that by the end I was on a high. I was seeing a couple people, but immediately [pretends to text guys], ‘You are nice, but this is going nowhere.’ The next day my Curve co-star introduced [me to Brooks Laich]. It couldn’t have been a better time. We’ve been open and honest from day one.”

And while she’s in a great place now, Ms. Hough didn’t always have it so easy. “I was bullied in high school big-time. I had just come back from London (where she trained with professional ballroom dancers) and was the new kid. People looked at me like, she thinks she’s all that. And because I didn’t know how to talk to them, maybe I did come across that way? I don’t know. I got asked to prom by a guy, and he ended up ditching me that day because the girls had told him to do it.”

Photo Credit: Matt Jones for Redbook

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