Last summer, Julianne Hough and her husband Brooks Laich celebrated their two-year anniversary by going on on Brooks’ podcast and announcing that they had both gone to a sex coach to create an “erotic blueprint.” That blueprint might have laid out how they should be getting laid, but (ahem) nailing and screwing are only part of the metaphorical home building equation. Us Weekly has a little update on Julianne and Brooks’ marriage, and if I’m to continue this terrible blueprint metaphor, I guess you could say what’s left is a pile of water-damaged drywall in an unfinished basement.
This all started with the following Instagram post from Brooks, in which Brooks says he’s on a “new journey” in 2020, and that his friend challenged him to pick a word to represent the new year, so he’s chosen “boundless.” Uh oh. Brooks says he has a desire to officially retire from the NHL (he’s currently a free agent without a team).
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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 📸
It’s also something to note that Brooks is standing in a way that hides where his wedding ring may or may not be on his left hand. But while Brooks is playing coy and cryptic with things, Julianne is out there with a buck-naked ring finger like, “Get a good look at what’s missing and draw your own conclusions from there.” Julianne recently launched a dance-inspired fitness project called Kinrgy, and four days ago she posted a video showing Kinrgy in action. Her wedding ring was nowhere to be seen. It looks like her gig on America’s Got Talent isn’t the only thing Julianne said goodbye to in 2019.
Julianne, who came out as not-straight a few months ago, and Brooks haven’t denied or confirmed that they split up.
Right now things are pretty quiet, which was probably the intention, at least on Julianne’s part. If she was trying to send a subtle message about the possible death of her marriage, hiding it in that Kinrgy video was the right choice. Many times I found myself forgetting about her missing wedding ring, because I was too busy asking myself, “Is Julianne Hough rebranding herself as the Kanye West of aerobics?”
Julianne Hough is running a cult and no one is talking about it. pic.twitter.com/D9Wm6G2RTs
— Ryan Bloomquist (@ryanbloomquist) January 5, 2020