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Julianne Hough, who had a country
hit with “That Song in My Head” in 2008, is the cover
story in the February issue of Cosmopolitan. But it’s not just a fluffy piece about being in love with American
Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest and dancing her way through TV and movies.
talks for the first time about being abused as a child. It happened after she’d moved away from her Mormon family in Utah
when she was 10 to join her brother Derek at the Italia Conti Academy of the Arts in London.
“While I was in London,
I was abused, mentally, physically, everything,” she says. “I’m a very forgiving person, and I don’t want to hurt anybody.
What’s past is past.”
Hough added that the abuse got worse when she hit puberty.
“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,” she recalls. “I wanted so much love.”