Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich separated and wish to pursue their ‘Own Versions of Happiness.’

Julianne Hough and her husband Brooks Laich shocked their fans when they announced they had split after three years of marriage.

They formally announced their separation, and now some additional tidbits about what went wrong have emerged. Insiders suggest that ultimately, Julianne and Brooks had different visions for what they wanted the marriage to be and they finally came to a place where they knew it was time to officially separate.

According to ET, Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich had very different ideas when it came to their marriage, leading to their breakup three years after tying the knot.

On May 30, the former couple confirmed they had decided to separate in a statement to People.

“We have lovingly and carefully taken the time we have needed to arrive at our decision to separate,” read the statement.

The 31-year-old dancer and 36-year-old hockey player announced their split in a joint statement, noting they still love and respect one another. Prior to the announcement, the two made headlines due to their decision to not quarantine together amid the coronavirus pandemic, Hough remained in Los Angeles, while Laich went to Idaho to work on his property there.

The two had been experiencing marriage problems well before their announcement, some sources tell.

“It has taken Julianne and Brooks some time to find the right moment to announce their split,” an Insider says. “They haven’t been happy together for a long time but needed to come to terms with the fact that their marriage was over.”

The two truly were in love when they got married nearly three years ago. However, their viewpoints had shifted since then and they were no longer on the same page.

There had been signs that Julianne and Brooks remained at least friendly with one another, at least on social media, even if they were not together romantically. Even if they had managed to remain friendly, sources say that what they each envisioned for their lives going forward simply were not compatible with one another.

Brooks loved his outdoor life in Idaho, wanted a more traditional marriage and to start a family. On the other side, Julianne wanted a less traditional marriage, to focus on her career and loves her city life and Hollywood existence.

Hough told Women’s Health that she and Laich never actively tried to have kids together, though she did freeze her eggs as a result of her endometriosis diagnosis, which means she may need to undergo IVF in order to get pregnant.

“We never actually never tried to get pregnant. It was more of a precautionary measure: Let’s do our due diligence for the future by freezing eggs,” she explained.

Julianne is interested in becoming a parent, however, she isn’t planning to do so on anyone else’s timeline.  She believes in soul love, whatever that looks like.


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