Brooks Laich Called 'Love of My Life' By Julianne Hough

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Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough seem to be taking things to a different level after dating for a year.

The Dancing With the Stars judge publicly declared on Instagram that the NHL star and her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are the "loves of my life."

"A little nature walk with the loves of my life!" the 26-year-old actress wrote alongside the pic of the couple and Hough's two dogs, Lexie and Harley.

The Safe Haven actress and the Washington Capitals forward began dating last December after being set up by their mutual friend, actor Teddy Sears.

In April, Hough was very adamant that she was going to do everything possible to make the relationship work.

"We are going to make it work," Hough told ABC News. "In every facet, whether it's family, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, whatever."

A little nature walk with the loves of my life! Amazing goal tonight sweetheart! @brookslaich xoxo

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Hough's last long-term romance was with Ryan Seacrest. They remained together for nearly three years before ending their relationship in March 2013.

"Every relationship, there was nothing wrong or bad, but there was nothing right," Hough shared about their relationship in the August 2014 issue of Redbook. "I had one foot out because I didn’t want to get hurt. And I didn't say what was on my mind because I didn’t want to ruffle any feathers. I needed to be perfect."

Hough said it was a seminar she attended with her family that changed her attitude, just in time to meet the "love of her life."

"I had this epiphany when my family went to a six-day seminar [last November] about creating your own destiny," she told Redbook. "I learned so much about myself and why my relationships didn’t work that by the end I was on a high… The next day my Curve costar introduced [Brooks and me]. It couldn’t have been a better time. We’ve been open and honest from day one."

Pam Wright