Julianne Hough in Self March 2014: I Wanted To Be Single For A Year

Posted Tuesday February 18, 2014 12:35 PM GMT

She was recently seen with her new boyfriend Brooks Laich, but before making the relationship official Julianne Hough admitted to Self magazine she had no plans to date anyone for a while.

In the publication's March 2014 issue, the "Safe Haven" beauty opened up about her love life, including why she decided to stay single for a year after breaking up with her ex-boyfriend Ryan Seacrest.

Highlights from Miss Hough's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to visit Self!

On her past relationships:
“I’m a relationship girl, and I feel so grateful for the ones I’ve been in. They’ve been excellent – I’ve been hurt but never angry – and they’ve helped me grow to be who I am today. But my goal has been to be single for an entire year. There have been moments when I’m like, ‘This sucks!’ But my dad used to say to me, ‘When you feel happy with who you are, you won’t need anybody to fill a void.’ So for now, I’m focusing on my work and my soul. I honestly don’t care if I meet somebody or not. I’m just loving life on my own with my own two feet on the ground.”

On her diet secrets:
“Eating is an experience for me. It’s like, ‘This might be my last meal, so I better have everything on the menu!’ I love a really good Italian dinner: an artichoke salad, penne with red sauce and a margarita pizza. And then it’s fun to go to another place for dessert because it makes the moment last longer. I’m the queen of Yogurtland. I put graham crackers on the bottom, then a swirl of yogurt and then more topping, so it’s like a parfait. By the time I’m finally done, the thing costs like 12 bucks!”

On her at-home exercises:
“I don’t watch a lot of TV, and when I do, I don’t feel like I’m accomplishing much. So at the same time, I’ll do butt lifts or leg lifts. So I’ll do maybe 200 sit-ups during ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ When I’m shooting a movie, if I’m not in a scene, I’ll squat and do inner leg pulses until the director yells, ‘Cut!’”

On ignoring fitness intimidation:
“People are afraid to go to the gym because they’re out of shape or they won’t try to do a marathon because they’re scared they won’t finish. But you’ve got to just go for it and keep going. I used to hate cardio because I have a little bit of asthma. But I’ve recently gotten into running. Once you pass that ‘I can’t breathe, this sucks so bad’ moment, it’s therapeutic.”

Photo Credit: Dewey Nicks for Self

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