We could go into how pretty Julianne Hough looks on the February cover of Cosmopolitan magazine, but we’re not going in that direction. We were reading her interview and she drops quite a bombshell in there, which is what we’d like to talk about and give due importance. Julianne says she was abused when she was younger, when she lived in London, and it’s only something she’s just starting to talk about. She moved to London to study at the Italia Conti Academy of the Arts when she was ten, and brother, Derek Hough, was already there. “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 starts. And then comes the drop. She continues with, “While I was in London, I was abused, mentally, physically, everything” adding that it got worse when she “started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl.”
She’s not revealing any names because she doesn’t, “want to hurt anybody. What’s past is past … This is the farthest I’ve ever gotten into my London situation. 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.” Okay, that’s not only shocking, but we wish she would talk about who did this because those people deserve every piece of humiliation that comes their way. We can’t help but think that Julianne wasn’t the only one to suffer. It’s a good thing she’s sharing her story and we respect her for doing so, but girls reading this and going through the same need to know how to react. They need to be told not to keep quiet, but to speak out and get help.
[Photo via Cosmopolitan]