Why Julianne Hough Is Open About Her IVF Experience

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

AGT judge Julianne Hough has been open about a lot of things in recent months, from her sexuality to her health. That includes sharing details of her IVF experience with husband Brooks Laich.

In a new interview with People, the former DWTS pro explains why she believes it’s important to be honest about her journey to hopefully conceiving a child. Brooks, an NHL player, has also been open about his desire to end the stigma associated with IVF.

Julianne Hough’s IVF Journey

Julianne has shared in the past that she has endometriosis, a reproductive condition which can cause painful periods, pain during sex, and fertility issues. But that hasn’t stopped Julianne and Brooks from trying to conceive a child.

Earlier this year, Brooks revealed that Julianne was going through IVF treatment. “I just hope it helps people,” he said of their choice to be open about it on his podcast.

“The best part about being open is when you really don’t have anything to hide, it’s just liberating and free,” Julianne told People. “The thing at hand that felt so heavy to carry doesn’t feel so heavy anymore. It’s not a burden.”

“It’s actually a freedom where not only do I feel free, but then people can see themselves in that freedom and have the courage also to talk about it,” the 31-year-old added. As for whether she expects to have a baby next year, Julianne said, “We’re taking it one day at a time, and who knows what will happen?”

Julianne Hough Opened Up About Her Sexuality

Julianne has been open about more than just her fertility journey. Earlier this year, the dancer posed nude for Women’s Health magazine and shared that she’s “not straight.”

She chose to tell Brooks about this after they were married. “I [told him], ‘You know I’m not straight, right?’” she said. “And he was like, ‘I’m sorry, what?’ I was like, ‘I’m not. But I choose to be with you.’”

“I think there’s a safety with my husband now that I’m unpacking all of this,” she said of sharing it, “and there’s no fear of voicing things that I’ve been afraid to admit or that I’ve had shame or guilt about because of what I’ve been told or how I was raised.”

Julianne explained to People that she believes keeping things inside leads to “illness,” therefore she’s “an open book.” Hopefully her honesty has inspired others to be open about their own experiences.


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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