Julianne Hough Talks Past Abuse: ‘I Was Abused, Mentally, Physically, Everything’

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Abuse is never okay, and Julianne Hough will be playing an abuse survivor in the soon-to-be-releasd film “Safe Haven.” While she’s playing a role, it falls closer to home than many roles do, because Julianne was also abused when she was younger.

The “Dancing with the Stars” celeb didn’t go into great detail about the abuse when talking with Cosmopolitan magazine. As a young dancer she lived in London for a while, and she said, “While I was in London, I was abused, mentally, physically, everything.”

She was threatened about what would happen if she left the person or people who were abusing her. “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.”

But Julianne did turn her life around and escaped from this abuse. Mental, physical and emotional abuse are all serious things, and it’s important you get out of any sort of a relationship that has abuse in it. Abuse can come from BFs, GFs, parents or even friends. What’s important is understanding it’s abuse, understanding it’s not your fault, and protecting yourself. You might also recall AnnaLynne McCord opening up about past sexual abuse and the episode of “Teen Mom” dealing with domestic abuse. When people like Julianne, AnnaLynne and others talk about abuse, it’s because they want to spread awareness and keep it from happening again.

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