The pro dancer, 31, stripped down on Women's Health magazine's Naked Strength issue and shared how she's evolving into the truest form of herself — and that includes opening up about her sexuality to her husband, Canadian ice hockey player Brooks Laich.
"I [told him], ‘You know I’m not straight, right?’ And he was like, ‘I’m sorry what?” I was like, ‘I’m not. But I choose to be with you,'" she revealed.
"I think there’s a safety with my husband now that I’m unpacking all of this, and there’s no fear of voicing thing 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," Hough continued.
"When I’m totally connected to me, I feel full."
The "America's Got Talent" judge also confessed she was worried Laich, whom she married in 2017, wouldn't accept her.
“I was connecting to the woman inside that doesn’t need anything, versus the little girl that looked to him to protect me. I was like ‘Is he going to love this version of me?’ But the more I dropped into my most authentic self, the more attracted he was to me. Now we have a more intimate relationship," she explained.
She added that throughout her life, she hopes to continue to evolve and grow and change as a person: “I’m going to shift for the rest of my life. I’m not like ‘Oh, I got it.’ But I’m trusting myself now, and when I’m totally connected to me, I feel full. I want others to see that in themselves too.”
One struggle in particular Hough has been open about is her journey to pregnancy. She suffers from endometriosis and began the IVF process and froze her eggs before turning 30 last July.
Laich, 36, spoke about how much of a "champion" and a "warrior" his wife is on his iHeartRadio podcast, "How Men Think."
“As a husband, I just go into full-support mode. Whatever my wife needs, whatever I can do, I’m fighting the smallest portion of the fight with her,” he said. “There are certain things in my wife’s life that I know she appreciates that help her feel calm and help her feel relaxed, so I double those efforts during that time just to show that I’m there with her and I support her.”