Yesterday we provided you with a very important update on Julianne Hough’s possibly-busted marriage to her husband of nearly 3 years, Brooks Laich. It had been revealed that Julianne was putting the “self” in “self-isolation” by isolating without Brooks back in Los Angeles, while he isolated himself in Idaho with their dog. It definitely seemed like COVID-19 was the perfect reason for them to get as far away from each other as possible, but sources assured us that nothing was wrong. Julianne and Brooks allegedly talk all the time, and they’re just isolating separately because they like to “do their own thing.” Well, apparently the only person Julianne wanted to isolate herself from was Brooks. Because she was recently seen out for a stroll with British actor Ben Barnes.
The Daily Mail says that 31-year-old Julianne was seen yesterday on a walk near her home with 38-year-old actor Ben Barnes, aka Billy Russo in The Punisher, or Logan from Westworld. It’s not known if Julianne and Ben are self-isolating at home together, or if Ben just stopped by for a six-feet-away visit.
EXCLUSIVE: Julianne Hough emerges from quarantine with British actor Ben Barnes https://t.co/7zQK0ShM6J
— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) April 17, 2020
One thing is for sure: Ben was nowhere to be seen in the background of a recent video Julianne shot in her house. Julianne and her brother Derek Hough filmed a dance to “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and The Beast from their respective homes for The Disney Family Sing-Along. It’s really a shame Ben was MIA, because he definitely has the body for Lumière.
— ABC (@ABCNetwork) April 15, 2020
So in the event that Julianne and Ben have been locked in her house for the past four weeks due to California’s COVID-19 shelter in place rules, there is a chance it’s completely platonic. E! News refers to Ben as Julianne’s “longtime friend,” which is true. Julianne and Ben have been friends for a while, and he made an appearance in her Instagram Stories back in 2016.
Je regardais les Instastories de Julianne Hough et là…. Je vois BEN BARNES. WHATTHEFUCK? pic.twitter.com/alCvsi0GOj
— Taemi bogoshipda 💎 (@DustAndSmoke_) September 18, 2016
Another unknown is how Brooks feels about all of this. He hasn’t said anything on social media, but neither has Julianne or Ben. So it’s either a big scandal or it’s not that big of a deal, and Julianne will be running into Brooks’ arms in no time. Personally, I’m the most concerned about the fact that Julianne and Ben are walking around without masks on. I hope the lack of a mask was an accident. Although it will make for a good news day if we find out Julianne intentionally chose not to wear a mask because she believes she can exorcise COVID-19 germs from her butthole.