According to our source, the two had been experiencing marriage problems well before their announcement.
"It has taken Julianne and Brooks some time to find the right moment to announce their split," the source says. "They haven't been happy together for a long time but needed to come to terms with the fact that their marriage was over."
The source says that ultimately, their different desires when it came to their future together became too much to overcome.
"They truly had a loving, romantic relationship, a fairy-tale wedding and believed they would spend the rest of their lives together but within two years, their views of marriage differed tremendously," the source says. "Brooks loves his outdoor life in Idaho, wanted a more traditional marriage and to start a family. Julianne wanted a less traditional marriage, to focus on her career and loves her city life and Hollywood existence."
"Brooks fell in love with Julianne but they have been living in different homes and even different states for months," the source continues. "They have been happier apart than together and realized they had no choice but to go their separate ways. Despite truly loving each other, they just didn't see eye to eye."
Last month, Hough told Women's Health that she and Laich never actively tried to have kids together, though she did freeze her eggs as a result of her endometriosis diagnosis, which means she may need to undergo IVF in order to get pregnant.
"We never actually tried to get pregnant. It was more of a precautionary measure: Let's do our due diligence for the future by freezing eggs," she explained, noting that while she is interested in becoming a parent, she isn't planning to do so on anyone else's timeline. "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."
"They talk often but this is a very hard time," the source said of the couple, who tied the knot near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in 2017. "They've been working on their marriage and being apart is not easy."
"I don't feel lonely, but I definitely feel alone," she said. "I think there's a big difference. I feel alone... I miss people a lot, I wanna hug them and talk to them, but I'm really enjoying this time where I can really connect to what's really important in my life and look forward to when we get out of this, who do I want to step into? Who do I want to arrive in this new world as?"
"I think in my 30s, I've always been around people, and I'm always trying to create and do a lot of things... but this is new, it's a little different," she continued.
"I'm really sad," she said of the news. "I get how relationships go up and down ... 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."
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