Julianne Hough of 'Heartstrings' Is Allegedly Having Problems in Marriage to Husband Brooks Laich

Julianne Hough and her husband Brooks Laich are reportedly going through a rough patch at the advent of the new year. Both sides have indicated that something may be up. 

E! News reports that the couple, who have been together since 2017, have opted to make some changes in their relationship as the new year gets underway. 

According to the outlet's source, the two want to keep the details of their relationship under wraps — understandable — but certain things may have come to light. 

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Doesn’t get any better than this. ❤️

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Various sources weigh in

The source claimed that the two "have been spending time apart" and are confused about how to label their current status. The love remains, though. 

The informant alleged that work was a factor that influenced the state that they're in. However, they noted that "things have definitely changed" in the relationship. 

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🖤🖤🖤 #SOULOVE.

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As for the timeline of the reported breakdown, Us Weekly claims that the friction began in December. Their source alleges that a few people in the circle already knew about the issue. 

Laich gets sentimental in post

Meanwhile, People reports that the problems have been ongoing for months now. They pointed to Hough's independence and free-spirit as one thing that's negatively affected Laich.

Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attends the Paint & Sip & Help event in Los Angeles, California on October 12, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough attends the Paint & Sip & Help event in Los Angeles, California on October 12, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

The news follows the professional hockey player's year-end Instagram post that spoke about becoming a better person after reflecting on 2019.

When 2020 landed, Laich, 36, continued with his resolutions, mentioning a "new chapter," and learning more about his sexuality. The words bring to mind Hough's interview in August in which she came out.

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On New Year’s Eve, I had a friend ask me “what’s your adjective for the new year?” I asked him what he meant, and he said it’s about picking a word that is going to be a guide for you in 2020. His word was “mindful” - he wanted to be more mindful of his time, his friendships, his money, etc. and throughout the year he will remind himself to be “mindful” of all things in his life. I then immediately fell in love with this question. And the word that keeps coming up for me right now is “boundless.” I feel like a lot of my life has been “bound” to certain identities that have come through the sport I spent my life playing. Canadian, male, hockey player, disciplined, competitive, etc... and though I am all of those things, they do not define me, and I am not bound by them. In 2020 I look forward to releasing old identities, and stepping into a new chapter in my life. I find myself wanting to officially say the words “I retire” from professional hockey, instead of vehemently resisting it as I have been for the last 2 years. I feel a new stage of life calling me, and though I don’t exactly know what it is yet, it feels right, and exciting! Lately I’ve been reading a lot, coloring intricate mandalas, listening to instrumental music, dancing, and I’ve even started singing in church. Probably not the stuff you would envision me doing, and I’m right there with you. But I love it, and I’m not going to stop - I’m going to embrace it for what it is at this moment. So in 2020, I am “boundless” and on a new journey. So I ask you, what is your adjective of 2020, and how will you apply it in your life?! I hope it leads you to a new level of happiness and fulfillment! Much love to all of you who read this and embrace your crazy journey, I’m right there with you! 🤟✌️🤣 @torimatthewsphoto 📸

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A wedding rings contradiction

Hough, 31, opened up to Women's Health about a path of self-discovery that allowed her to be more authentic. At the time, she also said that her husband was more attracted to her as a result. 

It was Laich who sported his wedding ring in an Instagram workout video he posted on January 2. In contrast, fans noticed a few times that Hough wasn't wearing hers. 

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Today is day 2 of our @opengym Ab Blast 2.0 challenge, kicking off 2020 with 31 straight days of Ab workouts! Today’s workout was: AMRAP 8 :30 Suitcase Crunch Hold 10 Plank Toe Touches 15 Side Plank Dips Left 15 Side Plant Dips Right —————————————— #beatBrooks = 6 rounds + 13 reps Each second you complete of the Suitcase Crunch Hold counts as a rep when counting your score. I challenge @derekhough, @morganbeau, @kristysowin, @jill901, @matt_hewett, @brookemhewett, and my mom @janelaich to take this challenge! I also want to challenge my good friends and workout junkies @garrettgee and @jessgee - let’s go @thebucketlistfamily! We would love to have you join us in this challenge, click the link in my bio and sign up via the ‘Open Gym on SugarWOD’ link. And let us know who you are challenging, and tag us @opengym in that video - we love seeing what our community is doing! Bring your friends and family members in on this, and let’s dial in those 6-pack abs for 2020! Much love team! #OGathlete

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Us Weekly reported that in festive Instagram stories decorating her home, Hough's ring was nowhere to be found. She ditched it again while co-hosting NBC's "New Year's Eve" alongside Carson Daily. 

Days later, another Instagram story showed the professional dancer without the piece. And just Wednesday, Hough was captured leaving a West Hollywood gym —again ringless. 

Old plans now soiled

While some reports sound bleaker than others, it's unanimous that the two are not ready to bring it to light in their own words. We hope they work it out somehow. 

Back in June 2019, the pair were outwardly discussing plans to have their first child with the help of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Laich spoke out about it on his podcast, "How Men Think." 

He revealed that the two are open to one child before considering any more. He also mentioned that his wife would be a wonderful mother in the future. Regardless of what happens, we believe the same. 

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