It’s been a year and a half since Julianne Hough made headlines for her controversial Orange is the New Black costume, in which she donned dark makeup all over her face to portray Uzo Aduba’s character “Crazy Eyes” from the Netflix show. Aside from her original apology for the offensive look, which she made on Twitter, the pro-dancer hasn’t publicly commented on the scandal…until now.
“Ignorance is sometimes not bliss,” she admits in the new issue of Allure. “I really had no idea what I was doing, and it was all out of fun and respect for the character. I don’t even know how to talk about it because it’s such a sensitive topic. It makes me so sad to think that I was that dumb. I learned a big lesson.”
Shortly after the whole thing went down, though, the 26-year-old had something to celebrate in her life — a new boyfriend! The Safe Haven star split from Ryan Seacrest after nearly three years of dating in March 2013, and less than a year later, started her relationship with pro hockey player Brooks Laich, who she’s still dating today. Still, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t had contact with her ex since the breakup. When asked if she still runs into the E! host, Julianne admits, “It’s hard not to — he’s everywhere!”
Julianne is currently a judge on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, and recently unveiled her new lifestyle website, Jules.