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Brooks Laich Talks About His Desire to Be a Father, One Week After Confirming Split from Julianne Hough

Brooks Laich and his estranged wife Julianne Hough announced their breakup just over a week ago and now he’s opening up about his desire to have kids one day.

The 36-year-old former hockey player opened up during the latest episode of his podcast How Men Think, which was released on Sunday (June 7).

Brooks, co-host Gavin DeGraw, and guest Scott Evans were discussing racism in America and Brooks talked about how he hopes the world will be a better place when his kids are growing up.

“It’s important to me. I hope to be a father one day,” he said. “I hope to have the world be a better place for them … one day.”

One year ago, Brooks had revealed that he and Julianne were going through the IVF process to increase their odds of becoming parents.

Julianne Hough Steps Out One Week After Confirming Split from Husband Brooks Laich

Julianne Hough wears a mask while heading into an office building on Friday morning (June 5) in Los Angeles.

This is the first time that the 31-year-old entertainer has been spotted out in public after she and husband Brooks Laich announced last week that they are separating after nearly three years of marriage.

In the days since the announcement, sources have been speaking out about what happened in their marriage.

“She is a deeply different person than she was when they got married, and she is proud of those differences and changes she’s made and she doesn’t want to go back,” a source close to Julianne told People. “He is the man he is, and he shouldn’t change a thing.”

A source close to Brooks added that he “was determined to make it work, but he was constantly questioning what changes he needed to make for Julianne to be happy. He was fighting with this for months and it was very hard for him to let go of his marriage.”

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DWTS' Carrie Ann Inaba Sends Julianne Hough a Message After Brooks Laich Split

Carrie Ann Inaba is sending Julianne Hough a message of support after the announcement that she has split from her husband of three years, Brooks Laich.

“I’m really sad. I get how relationships go up and down — Look at me! Three engagements, that’s me!” Carrie Ann told ET. “You have to follow your heart because life is once, that we remember, and it’s so hard to be married in the spotlight and then break up.”

“I wasn’t even married and it was so hard to break up with my exes, so I get that,” she added. “All I want to say to Julianne is that I love you and I support you. Anything you need, I’m right here. I’m your sister, always. Judges sisters!”

Find out why fans thought Julianne and Brooks were headed for a split long before they announced it.

Carrie Ann and Julianne know each other from their time as judges on Dancing with the Stars.

Julianne Hough & Brooks Laich Confirm They've Split After Almost Three Years of Marriage

Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich have decided to separate after being married for nearly three years.

The 31-year-old dancer and actress and the 36-year-old former hockey player have been quarantined separately amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to speculation about their relationship.

Brooks has been spending time in Idaho while Julianne has been at home in Los Angeles. She was also photographed with a hunky actor last month.

Julianne and Brooks confirmed their separation in a joint statement.

“We have lovingly and carefully taken the time we have needed to arrive at our decision to separate,” they said (via People). “We share an abundance of love and respect for one another and will continue to lead with our hearts from that place. We kindly request your compassion and respect for our privacy moving forward.”

A few weeks ago, Brooks opened up about his sex drive while isolating separately from his wife.

Julianne and Brooks started dating in 2014, got engaged in August 2015, and tied the knot in July 2017.

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Julianne Hough Has This to Say About Husband Brooks Laich's Thirst Trap Photo

There is a lot of chatter about Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich‘s marriage – specifically with regard to rumors that they may be facing marriage troubles.

In fact, the couple is actually quarantining separately during the pandemic, and they’ve spoken about why.

Now, the couple had a comment exchange that has fans thinking maybe they’re not separated.

It started when Brooks posed shirtless on his Instagram account and showed off his very chiseled body.

“THIRST TRAP! I just heard that term a few weeks ago, and our @howmenthinkpodcast producer @torrbelle challenged me do my best ‘thirst trap’ photo for this weeks episode!” he captioned the post.

Check out what Julianne commented on the photo, and see how Brooks responded by clicking through the comments in the gallery of this post…

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Julianne Hough & Husband Brooks Laich Are 'Fighting For Their Relationship'

Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich have been living separately while quarantined in different parts of the country during the pandemic, but sources say they are still “fighting for their relationship.”

Last month, Brooks revealed that he’s isolating in Idaho with his dog and he explained why he and Julianne are apart at this time.

Sources told E! News that the couple hasn’t made a decision about the future of their marriage as of now.

“They continue to spend time apart and are doing their own thing. They are still in contact and have not committed to any future decisions,” the source said. “They are happy doing it this way and will see what happens.”

“They have so much love for one another and just want to make sure the other one is at their best and the happiest they can be,” the source added. “They are staying present and in the moment. This is the way it looks for right now.”

Here is what Brooks had to say about his sex drive while in isolation.

Julianne Hough Reacts to Being Mocked for Holistic Treatment Video

Julianne Hough is hitting back at criticism.

The 31-year-old dancer went viral in January after a video of her participating in holistic treatment in Switzerland surfaced, and she’s reacting to that response in a new interview with Women’s Health.

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“Trust me, I got all the comments. Everything that’s energy moves in a wave,” she said.

“I’m a deep-ass person. There is no right or wrong in my viewpoint,” she went on to say.

“It is based on what works well for you…if those modalities feel strange to people, it may not be for them—or it may not be for them yet—and I’m okay with that. I believe in helping people trust what’s already within them.”

She said her husband, Brooks Laich, who was off-camera watching her workout in a livestream earlier in March said: “Wow, I got emotional just watching.”

Brooks was feeling my energy; he was feeling the collective energy of all the people watching.”

She went on to say she “started unplugging from the societal beliefs and cultural beliefs and religious beliefs that I grew up in.”

“I believe in soul love, whatever that looks like. I kind of don’t believe in labels…it doesn’t mean that I won’t have a baby, etc. It just means that I’ve unplugged from what I feel like I should be doing versus what I actually want to be doing.”

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