Though Julianne Hough is usually all smiles for the cameras with dance remaining her ultimate passion, she admits that she endured child abuse while mastering her skills. Life hasn't always been easy for this young star.
When she was 10 years old, she lived in London studying dance, far from her parents in Utah. It was at that time that she began suffering abuse.
In an article dated, Wednesday, Jan. 2, PEOPLE shared:
"I was abused, mentally, physically, everything," she says in Cosmopolitan magazine's February issue, on newsstands Jan. 8.
While attending the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Arts, she told Cosmo that the adults around her took advantage of her being without parental supervision.
"I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer,” recalled Hough.
"I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade because that was my job and my life," she adds. "But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love,” she continued.
Now at 24, Hough told Cosmo that the abuse became worse when she started hitting puberty, because it was at that time that she was becoming a woman and stopped being a little a little girl.
Though Hough opened up about her untraditional and difficult childhood away from her parents, she didn’t want to reveal who abused her, or provide any further details.
"I'm a very forgiving person, and I don't want to hurt anybody," she says. "What's past is past."
While Hough chose to forgive and move on, she has found those unpleasant days to sometimes resurface in her current life. Recently while filming the movie ‘Safe Haven’ with Josh Duhamel, she began bawling in the midst of a difficult scene.
In the movie, Hough makes her way out of an abusive relationship, and finds love with a widower (played by Duhamel).
Looking back at this scene, Hough recalled, "I went from bawling to containing to laughing to crying again. Josh was crying. I think it was the most therapeutic moment of my life."
Just this news goes to show that you never truly know anyone's story....until they tell it.