Julianne Hough Reveals: ‘I Was Physically Abused as a Child’

Lily Harrison / January 2, 2013

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Julianne Hough revealed a shocking detail about her childhood in the February issue of Cosmopolitan: that she was abused as a child.

While Hough was 10 years old and living in London to study dance, the Safe Haven star claims she was taken advantage of by adults around her. While attending the elite Italia Conti Academy of Arts, Hough said, “I was abused, mentally, physically, everything.”

“I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer,” she explained.

“I was a tormented little kid who had put on this sexy façade because that was my job and my life,” she said. “But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love.”

The 24-year-old added that the abuse proceeded to get worse as she got older.

“When I started hitting puberty, I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl,” was when things reached their pinnacle she told the mag.

Hough does not want to reveal any specifics regarding the abuse in an effort to move forward with her life.

“I’m a very forgiving person, and I don’t want to hurt anybody,” she said.

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