Julianne Hough got engaged to hot hockey player Brooks Laich: yay or nay?


I honestly didn’t even know that Julianne Hough had a serious boyfriend, but she does and he just proposed to her. Julianne posted an Instagram (below) confirming her engagement to Washington Capitals hockey player Books Laich. Is it rude to say something about her fiancé being HOT AS HELL? Brooks Laich is gorgeous. This is my type – somewhat scruffy, tall, very fair, light eyes, eye crinkles. If I was building a boyfriend with an ideal physical type, the guy would look a lot like this. How in the world did Julianne Hough date someone like Ryan Seacrest and then end up with a gorgeous hockey player? Anyway, here’s her engagement announcement:

We are overwhelmed with joy and excitement to share with you our recent engagement! #fiancé #love

A photo posted by Julianne Hough (@juleshough) on

By most accounts, Brooks and Julianne were set up by mutual friends in late 2014. Which means they got serious pretty fast. Right? They’ve been dating seriously for like nine months, tops. Julianna posts photos of Brooks on her Instagram, but she’s actually not “extra” about it. She posts more photos of her dogs than her man, although the best photos feature Brooks and the Cavalier King Charles spaniels. The puppies are also adorable. All in all, a charmed life for Ms. Hough. In case you’re wondering, he’s 32 years old and she’s 27.

So, can we wish Julianna and her Hottie a long and happy life? We’re not still mad about the blackface incident a few years back, correct? After spending too much time creeping on Julianne’s social media (I was looking for more photos of Brooks), I think I’m fine with her now. She’s not being shoved down our throats as the next big movie star at this point. She’s cute, she’s blonde, she’s got a hot fiancé and great dogs. Live and let live.



Photos courtesy of Julianne Hough’s Instagram.

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  1. Josefa says:

    They make a really cute couple. Congrats, I guess.

  2. NewWester says:

    Hot boyfriend, cute puppies and now engaged. Good for her, I hope she is very happy

    • Christo says:

      Not a huge fan of hers after the many, many attempts at making her happen, but her boyfriend is very hot and a huge step up over Seacrest.

  3. VC says:

    Yay! I love her! She’s funny and cute. We should see more stories about her here ;)

  4. Kip says:

    Still kinda not over the blackface…

  5. Aussie girl says:

    Her pics look very natural and she looks really good. Oh and he is ok…. Very ok

  6. Belle Epoch says:

    He has all his teeth. For a hockey player, that shows klass!

    • Kelly says:

      He probably doesn’t. I know Nashville’s hockey team has a dentist at every game in case of emergencies so I suspect other teams do too. Most hockey players have great dentures that they remove for games

  7. Lindy79 says:

    I would

  8. Nancy says:

    Whew. I always had that sinking feeling she would end up with Derek.

    • Allie says:


      I’m just so turned off by cheesy engagement photos. Why do you need a photo confirming your engagement, when you can just let the people you care about know by word of mouth? I guess I hate that side of social media.

      • Esmom says:

        This photo made me scratch my head a bit…who took the photo? Was someone there when he proposed or was this shot just staged for the camera? Either scenario is a bit cheesy.

        But still I think it’s better than just a ring shot, which always gives me the feeling that the woman cares more about the ring than the fiance.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Agree, and so sick of everybody putting hashtags on everything. Every “private” moment fake “captured” for social media. Cheeseball.

        But he’s very attractive. I would hate to be married to a professional athlete, but if I just had to…

  9. Goats on the Roof says:

    They’ve been together since December 2013, so no that’s not too fast at all. I have no strong feelings about her either way, but him? The hotness.

  10. lucy2 says:

    Wow, she really dropped off the radar, huh? So much effort to make her happen, and nothing.
    Congrats to them on their engagement though, they look cute together, he’s attractive, she looks good without makeup, and the dogs are adorable.

    • Kitten says:

      They’ll be divorced in a few years like Hilary Duff and what’s-his-face and every other actress who marries an athlete.

      Look, he already has a long face.


      • OrigialTessa says:

        I’m acquainted with several wives of hockey players in my city, and none of them do anything for a living. Literally nothing. They exercise and pop out a kid every couple years. They get coffee a lot and shop. I sound harsh, but it’s the truth as I’ve observed it. Now these are just the wives that I know. There are other players, and other wives… so there could be exceptions.

        If athletes and actresses don’t work out, it’s because athletes seemingly want a housewife.

      • Kitten says:

        Exactly. Two people who want their careers to come first in a marriage are rarely a recipe for lasting success.

  11. MrsBPitt says:

    I think she actually looks prettier with no makeup on! Oh, to be 27 again and in love! Lucky couple, wish them the best!

  12. Snappyfish says:

    big Caps fan here & go to quite a few games. Have seen her at Verizon & she seems v sweet. Always smiling. He’s wonderful & really nice to the community.

    Happy life to them. Now let’s bring The Cup to DC!!

  13. Nancy says:

    They have been together since Dec 2013! A reasonable amount of time! Good for them! HE IS HOT!!

  14. applapoom says:

    Wow that looks like they could maybe um…be quite athletic in the bedroom. Wow

  15. Skins says:

    Always liked her. Shame the movie and singing careers didn’t happen, but I could watch her dance all day

  16. JudyK says:

    She looks really happy, unlike when she was w/ Ryan Seacrest, who gives me the heebie jeebies.

    • WinnieCoopersMom says:

      That was a STRANGE “relationship”…errr..whatever it was. She is quoted in another of the US Weekly articles of her time with Seacrest, “And I didn’t say what was on my mind because I didn’t want to ruffle any feathers…” That is very telling. She never looked that happy with him. I have no doubt he was super controlling of her and their image as a couple. Sheesh…Good for her for moving on with a gorgeous and seemingly sweet guy!

  17. kri says:

    He looks like Calvin Harris, but manly. Also, I’m sure that Seacrest was just for PR, when they were trying to make her into a triple threat.

  18. Crumpet says:

    Aw, they look so happy. And she is so fresh and pretty. Love the King Charles Spaniels!

  19. JH says:

    I guarantee that after all those years with Ryan, she climbed her new man like a tree and never came down. He’s hot.

  20. snowflake says:

    Congrats! Cute pics :-)

  21. Miller621 says:

    Yes totally ok to say he’s hot as hell, he is! I like her, she’s a talented dancer and decent singer though not the best actress. I never felt the connection with her and Ryan and thought the pairing was odd. I might get slammed for this but the whole blackface thing never offended me. She obviously didn’t know it was offensive and she came out of the party with her makeup wiped off so she took care of it when she was told it was offensive. It’s not like she said I don’t care who I’m offending and left it on, I think she didn’t know any better.

  22. stinky says:

    omg those dogs are freakin CUTE.

  23. Cecilia says:

    Don’t really know who she is but Brooks!!! As a Caps fan love, love, love him, definitely a hunk. Now maybe if the Caps can just win a Stanley Cup!

  24. WinnieCoopersMom says:

    OK this guy is….umm..where can I find one? Wow. she is one lucky lady. Definite upgrade from tiny, metro, pr-control-freak Ryan. I am jealous of her with this new guy. She just scored big. They are super cute together..I will try and calm my envy now LOL

  25. Tessd says:

    She didn’t date Ryan Seacrest, she just needed someone to put her on the map. And he needed a pretty-looking girlfriend who was shorter than him.

  26. Megan says:

    My take on NHL wives: These guys travel constantly and get traded repeatedly. These guys want trophy wives.

    My take on Julianne: She’s nobody, but I love that she’s makeup free in that last photo and isn’t making a big deal about it with a #natural #Nomakeup #nofilter hashtag to go with it.

  27. Hannah says:

    He’s cute in a wholesome buff way but I don’t find him hot exactly!
    Now i understand why this site has a special fixation with tall, pale, fairhaired and ginger men. Re: this guy being their ideal look for a man.

    I think she’s harmless but the blackface fiasco spoke volumes about how she was brought up and/ or her educational level.

    • get it together says:

      THIS! (to both your comments) I still have not forgotten the blackface fiasco, but I do appreciate that since then she’s laid a bit low and not been so in our faces.

      As for her fiance, he looks too much like my husband for me to call him hot. That sounds weird, right? It’s not that I don’t think my husband is hot (because of course I think he is, when I think about it objectively, and people always tell me he is)…it’s that we’ve been together for a total of 8 years so I know EVERYTHING about him. I’ve seen him puke, scratch his butt, burp, and other “charming” things men do when they’re comfortable. Don’t get me wrong, he has good manners and is not crass, but when you’re around someone 24-7, you see all of this (and he’s seen all of me of course). So yes, Julianne’s fiance is hot, but only because I don’t live with him :P

    • elle says:

      I’ll co-sign on the not hotness. He has the Game of Thrones face that always appears on their bit players.

      I thought her recent interview (Redbook?) was weird in that she speculated what might have happened with Seacrest if she’d been as open as she is with her fiancé (yes, my mind went straight to the gutter). But why would she even bring him up?

  28. bella says:

    i’m happy for her…
    she looks genuinely happy.
    her fiance is gorgeous…very sweet couple.
    i wish them well!

  29. Jayna says:

    Aw, I love those dogs. I love every kind of spaniel.

    He is ruggedly handsome, and she’s always been so pretty with a great figure and bubbly. Nice-looking couple.

    I couldn’t marry a professional athlete. The trust factor would be a big issue, as so many cheat. CNN had a statistic a few years back that roughly 80 to 90 percent of professional athletes cheat.

  30. Pandy says:

    I was sure she was going after the Dragons’ Den guy from DWTS last season – he has lots of dough. But so do hockey players so, Julianne for the win!!!

    She’s a judge on DWTS now. No longer the triple threat. But I did like to watch her dance as well.

  31. Mommie Dearest says:

    Her first fiancé was way “hotter”, IMHO.

  32. Camille (The Original) says:

    Really? I don’t find him or her all that attractive or anything to rave about, just average looking people. As for their engagement, that’s nice, good for them *shrugs*.

  33. kitty-bye says:

    YAY !!

  34. Jellybean says:

    Hockey players are the biggest cheaters out there…mmmm good luck with that!

  35. Jana says:

    I am happy for her. But I wish she would keep it more private because if something happens good or bad, she will be complaining about the media intrusion.

  36. Franca says:

    She is really pretty, it doesn’t come across as well in photos, but in motion she’s beautiful.

    He’s too buff for my taste.

  37. burnsie says:

    Agreed, she’s a breath of fresh air. I just wish she’d stop dying her eyebrows so dark. I remember before she started doing that I always thought she was so pretty

  38. whybenice says:

    After Seacrest? Score!

  39. kcarp says:

    I was thinking the same thing. She is so pretty without makeup. She doesn’t ahve that hard look about her yet.

    Are we still believing that she was “dating” Ryan Seacrest? Let’s call a business transaction what it is.

  40. donna says:

    she doesn’t dye her eybrows dark, she lightens the rest of her hair and stopped bleaching the brows.