Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough Relax on the Beach in St. Bart’s (PHOTOS)

By: Lily Harrison / January 4, 2013

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Ryan Seacrest — arguably the busiest man in show business — actually managed to sneak in a little R&R this week in St. Bart’s, where he and girlfriend Julianne Hough enjoyed some well-deserved fun in the sun.

The happy lovebirds were photographed Wednesday paddle-boarding and playing around in the ocean. Hough, 24, showed off her killer bod in a white bikini, while her 38-year-old beau — who hosted ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on Monday and Tuesday — showed off his own (admittedly impressive) beach body in blue swim trunks.

See photos from their beach day in the gallery, above.

Hough’s beach day makes for a much lighter headline than the ones she made earlier this week after admitting to being abused as a child.

“I was abused, mentally, physically, everything,” the former Dancing With the Stars beauty told Cosmopolitan in its February issue.

According to Hough, the abuse took place at London’s prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Arts, where she was sent at the age of 10 to study dance.

“I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer,” she said. “I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade because that was my job and my life. But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl.”

On a lighter note, Hough saved room to talk about her relationship with Seacrest, whom she began dating in 2010.

“We love what we do. We take pride in giving it our all, but then when we’re alone, we really focus in on going to dinners and being extra-romantic and affectionate and just being there for each other,” she said.

Hough, who last year co-starred in the much-hyped remake of Footloose, returns to the big screen on Feb. 14 in Safe Haven, opposite Josh Duhamel.

Seacrest, meanwhile, returns as host of ‘American Idol’ season 12 on Jan. 16.

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