Julianne Hough Reunites With Ex Brooks Laich at Brother Derek Hough's Wedding

Exes being friendly? Now that deserves a 10. Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich, who finalized their divorce in 2022, were both in the wedding party for Derek Hough's big day with Hayley Erbert.

By Elyse Dupre Aug 28, 2023 3:48 PMTags
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It takes two to tango. 

And it looks like Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich were able to sidestep any drama from their past for her brother Derek Hough's wedding with Hayley Erbert

In fact, they were both in the couple's wedding party. As shown in pictures from the big day shared by People, Brooks was one of Derek's six groomsmen—with others including Dancing With the Stars alum Mark Ballas—and Julianne was one of Hayley's six bridesmaids along with pro Britt Stewart.

According to the outlet, Derek and Hayley—who met in 2014 when she joined his dance tour with Julianne—tied the knot in Monterey County, Calif., on Aug. 26, with her walking down the aisle in an off-the-shoulder satin gown by Georgina Chapman for Marchesa and him saying "I do" in a Tom Ford tux.

After the couple's nuptials, both Julianne and Brooks expressed their excitement for the newlyweds. "The most breathtaking weekend filled with so much love and laughter!" she wrote underneath the publication's Aug. 27 Instagram post. "I love you both so much love your sissy." He added, "Such an incredible weekend, love you both!!!"

Derek Hough & Hayley Erbert: Romance Rewind

Julianne and Brooks' reunion comes a year and a half after they finalized their divorce. The new Dancing With the Stars co-host and the former hockey player—who tied the knot in 2017announced their breakup in 2020 after months of speculation, noting in a statement to People at the time that they "share an abundance of love and respect for one another and will continue to lead with our hearts from that place."

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And Brooks' heart has led him to find love again with CrossFit athlete Katrín Davíðsdóttir, with the two making their relationship Instagram official in 2021.

As for Julianne, she's enjoying the single life.

"I'm ready for friends and travel, and I guess that is a 'hot girl summer.' I don't know," she told Page Six in June before being asked if this might also include a new romance and replying with a laugh, "No!"

To look back at Julianne and Brooks' quotes about each other during their marriage, keep reading.

On Julianne's Influence

"I thought I had my life figured out and then Julianne walked into my life and completely changed it and I'm so grateful for that." — Brooks to E! News

On Brooks' Support With Endometriosis

"He rubs my back while I'm going through my thing, knowing that it's going to pass, but like he's not freaked out anymore. And now he feels like he's contributing to helping." — Julianne to E! News

On True Love

"I could never in my life experience true love prior to meeting my wife but now knowing what love feels like, being in love and having a partner that loves and fully accepts you as you do for them is an absolute gift every single day.  I have learned more than I could ever imagine." — Brooks to E! News

On Julianne's Motherhood Skills

"She leads with her heart everywhere she goes. She supports everybody and for them to become the best versions of themselves. But she leads with her heart—cares and loves more than anyone I know in this world and she's just going to be an absolutely incredible mother."—Brooks to E! News

On Her Man Crush Monday

"This is MY man! But all sexiness aside, I am the luckiest girl in the world to have you by my side to do life together." —Julianne on Instagram before saying "I Do"

On Sexuality

"I [told him], 'You know I'm not straight, right?' And he was like, 'I'm sorry, what?'" Julianne told Women's Health in 2019. "I was like, 'I'm not. But I choose to be with you.' I think there's a safety with my husband now that I'm unpacking all of this, and there's no fear of voicing things that I've been afraid to admit or that I've had shame or guilt about because of what I've been told or how I was raised."

And as the former Dancing With the Stars pro later told Entertainment Tonight, "My husband is the most supportive person ever. We talk about it all the time, if that was not the case we would have a very different relationship. But the reason why our relationship works is because we're completely raw and open and exposed."

On Intimacy

"I think it's one of the most sacred things that you can have between a partnership. I think it's what separates friendship and lovers," Julianne shared on her husband's How Men Think podcast. Brooks replied, "You are exceptional at coming in the house and coming and giving me a great big kiss and we connect right away."

On Matching Last Names

"I'm not going to make my wife change her last name if she doesn't feel comfortable, but I don't think that creates a division within our relationship. I don't find it disrespectful. I'm obviously open to it, but at the start, yeah, it was a little jarring for me." — Brooks on his iHeartRadio How Men Think podcast

On Going Their Separate Ways

Julianne and Brooks announced their breakup in 2020, going on to file for divorce later that year and finalize it in 2022.

"We have lovingly and carefully taken the time we have needed to arrive at our decision to separate," the pair said a joint statement to People in 2020. "We share an abundance of love and respect for one another and will continue to lead with our hearts from that place. We kindly request your compassion and respect for our privacy moving forward."


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