Julianne Hough on Ryan Seacrest: "Nothing was right"

Jul 2, 2014 at 11:59 a.m. ET
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Since breaking up with Ryan Seacrest, Julianne Hough has been on a mission to find herself, and she thinks she has found it with her new boyfriend.

Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest always seemed like such a cute couple, but if you ever felt like something was not quite right — you were right. Hough is finally opening up about the relationship and why she had to end it when she did.

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"Every relationship, there was nothing wrong or bad, but there was nothing right. I had one foot out because I didn't want to get hurt," Hough told Redbook in a new interview. "And I didn't say what was on my mind because I didn't want to ruffle any feathers. I needed to be perfect. Now I'm not holding anything back because I'd rather get my heart broken than never know what it is to be completely, madly in love. If I had been this open in my last relationship, who knows?"

After Hough and Seacrest had broken up, she decided to stay single for a while. It wasn't until eight months later that she decided she was ready to date again.

"I had this epiphany when my family went to a six-day seminar about creating your own destiny," Hough explained, according to E! News. "I was not into it at first, but I learned so much about myself and why my relationships didn't work that by the end I was on a high."

The singer said the seminar helped her in her next relationship with Washington Nationals hockey player Brooks Laich, which came sooner than she expected. She said, "The next day my Curve co-star introduced [Brooks and me]," she said of Laich. "It couldn't have been a better time. We've been open and honest from day one."

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The former DWTS dancer also said she has worked to strengthen her female relationships as well, including with friend Diablo Cody.

"She might be a bada**, but she's also the biggest softie," Hough said. "I think that's why we bonded, because we both felt like we have to [seem] tough. Today, girls have to be strong and powerful. I'm a feminist; I believe that we should all be equal. But there's a difference between finding power in being feminine and putting on a fake masculine front."