Julianne Hough drops bombshell: ‘I was abused’

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  • The 'Dancing With the Stars' pro reveals her dark encounters young dancer while training in London
  • 'I was abused, mentally, physically, everything'
ulianne Hough reveals she was a victim of child abuse.
Julianne Hough appears of the cover of February's Cosmopolitan magazine.

While promoting her new film, "Safe Haven," in which she plays an abused woman who eventually finds true love, Julianne Hough revealed that she was a victim of child abuse herself.

In the February issue of Cosmopolitan, the "Dancing With the Stars" pro spoke publicly for the first time about her dark encounters as a young dancer training in the UK. "While I was in London, I was abused, mentally, physically, everything," the blonde beauty revealed.

Hough studied dance at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Arts as a child, and says she was forced to be too sexual at too young of an age.

"I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer. I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy façade because that was my job and my life. But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love." 

Though the 24-year-old declined to name names, she did say that the abuse became worse "when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl."

The abusive situation was made worse by the fact that she was an ocean away from her parents. "I was told if I ever went back to the United States, three things were going to happen. One: I was going to amount to nothing. Two: I was going to work at Whataburger. And three: I was going to end up a slut. So, it was like, I can’t go back. I have to be this person.”

Despite her painful past, Hough says she does not hold grudges, "I'm a very forgiving person, and I don't want to hurt anybody. What's past is past."

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