Julianne Hough Unveils She Was Abused Mentally and Physically as a Child

Julianne Hough

'I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade because that was my job and my life,' Julianne recalls her bitter past when she was studying dance in London at the age of 10.

Despite all the flashy Hollywood lifestyle she has now, Julianne Hough reveals that she actually experienced a bitter past. It all began at the age of 10, after her parents divorced, and she wanted to be a professional entertainer. The 24-year-old dancer/actress/singer admitted that at the time, she was suffering from childhood abuse.

To Cosmpolitan, Julianne opens up that she joined London's prestigious Italia Conti Academy of the Arts, where her brother Derek Hough was also studying dance, to pursue her dreams as a world-class dancer. Winning a five-year scholarship, she began training relentlessly and rarely seeing her family.

"I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer," she shares, adding that she often covered her insecurity with seductive smile in public. "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."

Julianne, who grew up in a Mormon family, dishes that she was abused by adults around her while she was ocean away from her parents. "While I was in London, I was abused, mentally, physically, everything," she recalls, but refuses to offer details on what kind of abuses she got and who did those to her.

"I'm a very forgiving person, and I don't want to hurt anybody. What's past is past," she says. "When I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl."

The Utah-born star goes on sharing, "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."

Julianne will soon be seen starring in "Safe Haven", in which she plays a woman who was abused by an ex-boyfriend before escaping to North Carolina. There, she meets a widower and begins to learn how to love again. Of the film's story that has similarity with her own life story, Julianne says, "I told [director] Lasse [Hallstrom], 'There is a sadness in that room, something more complicated that the character needed to have. And that's what she has'."

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    Jan 03, 2013

    Okay, Walter and Troella, if you don't know Julianne personally, you are really really creepy. Yikes!

    Jan 03, 2013

    Ppl she did not say that these ppl are hurting other ppl and i hope she would not allow this to happen to others women, and it great to knw she has forgiven these ppl because i willl never forgive tje person who abused me he could go to hell sorry he there already,she seems to be a great person i like her and would hope tjat she makes this a positive thing something that she could do to jelp other young women donate the money from the book if she writes one" to abuse women nene lekes has a charity just saying good luck mrs. Seacrest.

    Jan 02, 2013

    i agree, you must go back and get those other girls out ,save them don't be a punk

    Jan 02, 2013

    Hey, dopey...you're a chronologically young lady, which means that the dirtbags who did these alleged things to you are probably still around and may be doing the same to other girls. If you want to forgive them, well, okay and good for you, but how about spilling some details to save other girls from your alleged fate! Stop being a spoiled selfish conspirator and enabler!

    My Fair Lady
    Jan 02, 2013

    Julianne you are an amazing individual with inner beauty and outside beauty. My loving husband calls you (his sweetheart) and when you were dancing though very sick at the time with his only desire was to stay up to watch you and vote for you with all the phones we had available from Doctors and nurses. You are still his sweetheart and friends cut up clips from various magazines and sends them to us so, he can see what you are doing. He always hope you make it big as you deserve it in what ever your heart desires. He watches your brother and votes for him but once he is out he does not watch the dancing with the stars. Please, put your heart in the present and the past is just a terrible awful experience but do not let it shadow your beauty and joy you give to this world. You are a beautiful Lady and you are a great person with Angelic beauties inside and outside. Walter and I love you very much and we pray and wish you the best and this year 2013 to bring all your dreams to true reality. Bless you and thank you for giving us joy as you are the joy of the world. Walter and Troella

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