Julianne Hough talks about her painful child abuse. The American professional ballroom dancer and country singer, also known for her role in the remake ‘Footloose’ opens up about her abuse as a young child at the time that she was training to become a dancer.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, Hough divulged the difficult truths of her time in England.
“While I was in London, I was abused mentally, physically, everything,” said the actress, now 24. “I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade because that was my job and my life,” she added. “But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love.” Hough said the abuse became worse “when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl.” In her mid-twenties, and blossoming in her own career, her story represents the minority of children who manage to escape the psychological perils of abuse in later life. “I’m a very forgiving person, and I don’t want to hurt anybody,” she explained. “What’s past is past.”