The issue on everyone's lips in the U.K is that of child abuse, since Jimmy Savile's death sparked a deluge of allegations of abuse against him and other famous British television personalities.
Julianne Hough has given a brave interview to Cosmopolitan magazine, in which she talks of the abuse she faced as a child. A 10-year-old American girl, away from her parents to study dance in London, Hough's story isn't for the faint hearted. "I was abused, mentally, physically, everything," she explains. "I was a tormented little kid who had to put on this sexy facade because that was my job and my life," she adds. "But my heart was the same, and I was this innocent little girl. I wanted so much love." For Hough, the abuse became worse "when I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl." Now 24, and flourishing as a young woman in a vibrant career, Hough doesn't want to name any names: "I'm a very forgiving person, and I don't want to hurt anybody," she says. "What's past is past."
Clearly a smart, intuitive and capable person, Julianne is in a position to talk about her life in a candid manner, but many aren't. Hopefully her public admittance will inspire many to come forward with their own, while the U.K faces a dark investigation into a clearly floored child protection system.