This Is Why Julianne Hough Isn't Quarantining With Her Husband

With stay-at-home orders in place across much of the country, many families have chosen to quarantine together amid the coronavirus pandemic. But for Dancing with the Stars pro Julianne Hough and her hockey husband Brooks Laich, self-isolation means social distancing apart. According to a People source, Hough has chosen to shelter-in-place at the couple's home in Los Angeles, while Laich opted for Idaho, where he's "living the simple life in nature, which makes him happy."

"They are still together, but just not quarantined in the same place. Their relationship has always been like this, though — they like to do their own thing," the insider explained. "Their marriage is not perfect, but they continue to work on it. They speak all the time. Brooks is coming back to L.A. once the stay-home order is lifted."

While Laich has been using his Instagram to share tips for at-home workouts and his adventures in the kitchen, Hough took to social media in mid-April 2020 to share her inner struggle during this uncertain time. "Feeling my internal fire raging with my deep and raw emotions this week... That combination has made for one wild ride," Hough wrote on Instagram. "There have been some super intense highs and then the pendulum must swing to the intense lows... Staying true to the path and gradually settling in." 

Even though Laich and Hough seem to be fine doing their own thing, their separation continues to fuel rumors that there's trouble in paradise.

Julianne Hough & Brooks Laich may have had 'problems for months'

While professional dancer Julianne Hough and former hockey player Brooks Laich have chosen to social distance apart, the couple's physical separation reignited rumors about their rocky relationship status. In fact, as one source revealed, Hough and Laich allegedly had issues long before the coronavirus came along. "They've been having problems for months," the insider told People. "She's very independent and a free spirit, and that's been tough for Brooks and their marriage."

"It seems they are not giving up, but also not talking about it," another source explained. "They want to do this their way. They don't want to discuss their marriage. They have been having problems, but many people do." While some fans continue to fixate on photos of Hough without her wedding ring, sources say the two love each other just as much as the day they wed in July 2017.

"Brooks and Julianne are totally fine and are working through any issues they previously faced," a source told Us Weekly. "At the end of the day, they love each other and they are still together." The source added, "They have both been in different places for work so they haven't been able to spend as much time together this past few months." 

That being said, when it comes to time apart, it looks like there's no end in sight for Hough and Laich.

Julianne Hough believes now is the time for relationships to heal

Before word of their social distancing arrangement was revealed, Julianne Hough talked to Extra about how she's holding up at home. During the FaceTime interview, reporter Renée Bargh asked Hough about the possible post-outbreak baby boom. 

"I knew you had to ask," Hough said. "I think the best part about this... This is gonna be a time for a lot of healing, whether it's personally, in relationships and friendships and families... The universe was just like, 'Let's put people at home and figure their s**t out'... And I'm not just saying Brooks and I, I'm saying life in general and this is the time to do that."

Hough explained that she self-isolated "just because I want to do my part in society and actually help protect, protect our planet, protect our world, and protect humanity." She said she is focusing on self-care. "I've been putting face masks on and taking baths and stuff like that," Hough said. "In life, we are so constantly hustling and bustling, this is a really beautiful time to go inward and connect with yourself and your body."

While she may not be connecting in an up-close-and-personal manner with her husband, Hough did get emotional while connecting with followers online.

Julianne Hough got emotional during a workout

While social distancing at home, Julianne Hough joined Chenelle Monique Young via Instagram Live for a Kinrgy workout session. Developed by Hough, Kinrgy is an inclusive, accessible "high-sensory activated dance method" designed to help participants stay present. According to Women's Health, it's been called the "SoulCycle of dance."

"We open up our senses, so we open up our imagination and connect to nature's elements," Hough told the mag. "When I think about what I want to create, I want to help people connect back to their truest self. When that happens, they can relate to the people around them with no filter and experience the world how we're supposed to experience it — in its most pure form, which I believe is love."

During this particular session, Hough focused on routines inspired by the four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. After the workout, Hough posted the emotional video to her Stories. "Releasing All this stagnant energy built up from what's going on personally and in the world," she captioned the video (per E! News). 

While Hough hasn't elaborated on her current marital situation, her raw Instagram posts clearly indicate that this time has been especially difficult. We wish both Hough and Laich the clarity and peace they seek!