All the Signs Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich Were Headed for a Split

Although Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich announced their separation today, many pop culture fans saw signs that they were headed for a split. Find out why!

By Mike Vulpo May 29, 2020 8:27 PMTags
Watch: Julianne Hough & Brooks Laich Confirm Their Separation

And just like that, another Hollywood couple has called it quits.

Earlier today, Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich announced that they were separating after nearly three years of marriage. 

"We have lovingly and carefully taken the time we have needed to arrive at our decision to separate," the pair said in a joint statement to People. "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." 

The announcement comes ahead of their three-year wedding anniversary this July. But for many pop culture fans, they couldn't help but notice some signs that perhaps these two wouldn't live happily ever after.

From spending time apart during quarantine to removing wedding rings, the duo caused a few followers to raise some eyebrows in recent months.

"It was just time," a source shared with E! News after today's announcement. "They have taken their time to try and figure things out but the decision was clear and wasn't going to change."

Julianne Hough & Brooks Laich: Romance Rewind

Take a look at some of the signs that there was trouble in paradise for the Dancing With the Stars veteran and How Men Think podcast co-host.

Keeping a Distance

Back in January, E! News confirmed that Julianne and Brooks were spending time apart. "They don't even really know what to call it. There's a ton of love and emotion there and they are going through something very personal," a source shared at the time. "She's been very private about this time in her life and is not making any kind of official announcement. She is honoring her work commitments, as is he, and it's kept them apart. But things have definitely changed in their relationship."

Quarantine Apart

During the Coronavirus pandemic, Julianne stayed primarily in Los Angeles while Brooks quarantined in Idaho. "I always wanted to spend more time here. I bought this place in 2014 and I've never spent enough time here. I come here like a week a year and it's my dream property," Brooks shared on his iHeartRadio How Men Think podcast. "I wanted to spend more time here. The place also needed an overhaul. It really needed a cleaning."

Social Media Behavior

While the couple has commented on each other's social media posts in recent months, Julianne and Brooks didn't post any couples shots on their main Instagram feeds in 2020. 

Let's Talk About Sex

During their marriage, both Julianne and Brooks opened up about exploring their sexualities. In fact, it was "a big part" of Brooks' journey in 2020. "By that I don't mean if I'm gay or straight," he clarified on his How Men Think podcast. "I mean, like, in my sexual relationship. What is my sexuality? What am I craving, what are my desires and what are my wife's? And how could we have this language to feed each other and get everything we want and be sexually expressed to the nth degree in everything."

Missing Ring

In 2020, Julianne was photographed on multiple occasions not wearing her wedding ring. And despite a few cryptic social media posts, the former America's Got Talent judge did her best not to directly address her relationship status. 

Not Your Average Romance

"Julianne and Brooks haven't had a conventional relationship for a while," a source shared with E! News after learning about the split. "The couple has never aired their grievances or spoke negatively to their friends and family about each other.  Even when they isolated separately, they choose to deal with their relationship issues privately, until recently." 

Stepping Out

Back in April, Julianne was spotted enjoying an afternoon stroll with longtime friend Ben Barnes. While it was a completly innocent outing, it did raise some flags. "After photos surfaced of Julianne with Ben, friends and family began asking more questions to Brooks and Julianne," a source shared with E! News. "And Brooks and Julianne's conversations about separating became much more real." 

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