Julianne Hough rolls out new romance with NHL player Brooks Laich: strange?

Julianne Hough

I may live to regret this Julianne Hough post because god knows she’s not much of a conversation starter. Her new pixie haircut drew some attention but not in a juicy gossip sense. People paid attention to Julianne when she broke up with Ryan Seacrest and did blackface last Halloween, but she’s usually the type to fly under the radar. She’s done so for the past several months in fact.

Until now. These photos show Julianne with her new man, NHL player Brooks Laich, on Sunday and Monday when they made happy-couple outings to Whole Foods and Bristol Farms. Us Weekly has photos of Julianne and Brooks at Disneyland on Saturday. That’s three days in a row of photo ops. This may not be a sudden romance, but the rollout sure is coming fast and furious. Here’s some details from Us on how they got together:

Julianne Hough has a new beau to go with her new ‘do! The Rock of Ages actress, 25 — who debuted a new pixie cut earlier this month — is dating hocker player Brooks Laich of the Washington Capitals, multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly.

The couple stepped out together on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., where they were spotted holding hands and sharing a kiss, an onlooker tells Us. They also took a hike with her two dogs on Sunday, Feb. 16, in Studio City, Calif.

The two were set up by a mutual friend, one insider tells Us. “It works out well,” the source says, noting that Hough is into sports. “They’re having fun.” Adds another insider: “She’s happier than ever.”

The former Dancing With the Stars pro has not been linked seriously with anyone since her split from Ryan Seacrest in March 2013. Though her ex has been spotted with model Shayna Terese Taylor, Hough has been spending time with girlfriends like Nina Dobrev, who briefly dated her pal’s brother, Derek Hough.

Laich, meanwhile, seemed to be in the mood for romance on Feb. 14, when he tweeted, “Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone — hope you are spending it with that special someone who makes you happy! #onelove.”

[From Us Weekly]

I’m seeing shades of Kaley Cuoco here. Are you? I don’t mean to imply that either Julianne or Kaley are in the midst of showmances, but Julianne and her man want us to see them together. This almost seems like an “Eat your heart out, Ryan Seacrest” type of moment. I mean, Ryan is no Superman, but Julianne wants everyone to know how comfy she is with her new dude. Comfy enough to buy bulk paper goods together. Is that toilet paper? Maybe not. They’re not that serious yet, right? Toilet paper = super serious.

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough

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  1. Erinn says:

    “Julianne and her man want us to see them together”

    This really reads more like “Julianne wants us to see them together”. He looks borderline bashful in the photos. Walking next to her, he has his head down, avoiding the pap. When they’re not walking side by side, he’s walking way ahead.

    For a reasonably talented girl, she’s so damn fame thirsty.

  2. QQ says:


  3. Lark says:

    Julianne needs to accept it’s not going to happen and try to land a CBS show. I think she thought she was going to “bust” out and be a rom com star after Footloose, that Nicholas Sparks film, and the Diablo Cody film but no. Her next film is full of nobodies, and she has nothing lined up. There is room out there for plenty of actresses, especially in B movies, but at this point they are more likely to go for a CW actress like Nina Dobrev that has a fanbase or has something of a resume rather than a measly three films. And yes, this screams pap set up..

  4. JaDeRu says:

    I agree with QQ…quit trying to make fetch happen.

  5. feebee says:

    Relax, it’s paper towels, not toilet paper. They’re obviously not super serious. 8 rolls though, they must make mess together. Reminds me I brought in my last 2 six packs of TP yesterday – had a mild panic that I must rush and get more – such is the mind of a Costco shopper.

  6. Frida_K says:

    They are shopping at Whole Foods together?

    I wonder if she’ll opt to be “edgy” and–just like Johnny and Amber–start scrabbling around in the bulk foods bins.

    Strategy, strategy…!

  7. Skins says:

    I always got the feeling that she wasn’t into guys.

  8. kimbers says:

    Ok this is just sad. This girl is more pathetic than lindsay lohan with this need for fame. Seriously. Wtf and why are ppl posting this bs. I’m truly embarrassed for her. Her fakeships and every scam to the public is Kardashian sad.

  9. Connie says:

    Since Bedhead mentioned the Kaley/Henry PRomance, apparently she was also at Disneyland on Saturday with her husband. I wonder if she bumped into Julianne and they traded tips.

  10. beep says:

    omg, I first thought they were pushing that huge crate of avocados! I’m like, damn! Who needs that many avocados??

  11. kellyinseattle says:

    Well, he’s hot…that’s all I’ve got. Though I do wonder why more actresses wouldn’t go for sports stars…I’d like me some hockey or baseball guy instead of the same old actors.

  12. Hannah says:

    The last photo looks like they bought a ton of avocados!

  13. Size Does Matter says:

    People, that man is SUPER HOT. You can see his six pack through his shirt!!! And you guys are looking at what he’s carrying? Priorities, ladies.

  14. Tswise says:

    I had no idea that he is gay. How hot!

  15. Sunlily says:

    Good for her. I thi…zzzzzzzzz

  16. Axis2ClusterB says:

    He has a reputation of really being an awesome dude. He does a lot of charity work, especially for MS and autism. Seems to really be solid.

    If he’s smart, he’ll keep her away from Alexander Ovechkin, tho. That dude could run anyone off.

  17. umyeah says:

    She was quoted as saying that she wanted to stay single for a year to find herself after the whole Ryan seacrest breakup. Guess that didn’t really happen. She is cute, but screams of neediness and hungry for fame.

  18. GirlyGirl says:

    Yawn, at least she’s beat Jlo’s Casper. She’s gone farther in the celeb world from backup dancing than he has.

  19. dread pirate cuervo says:

    I could care less about this chick, but if I wasn’t already happily married to a banker, hockey player would be at the top of my list.

  20. Tiffany says:

    This is what happens when the NHL has a break in games.

  21. eliza says:

    Nothing says romance like a jumbo pack of paper towels.