Julianne Hough: Shopping in St. Barts

Posted Friday January 4, 2013 12:15 PM GMT

Looking for a little retail therapy, Julianne Hough took to the boutiques of St. Barts with a few friends yesterday afternoon (January 3).

The always-gorgeous actress/singer/dancer seemed to find what she was looking for as she made her way from shop to shop during her tropical getaway.

Meanwhile, Julianne recently came clean about the darkness of her past, including physical and emotional abuse as a 10-year-old studying at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Hough explained, “I was just a dark person. I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy façade because that was my job and my life.”

“I had to leave that situation and kind of come into my own again, and I did.” Julianne also noted that her past helped her understand her “Safe Haven” character Katie.

“Being Katie, I relate a lot to her. The fact that she had been in one situation that just sucked the life out of her – and it was a bad situation – and she needed to change and move on and kind of find her own again. And through that you find love and everything."

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