The dancer and actress, who married Laich two years ago, decided against taking her husband's surname.

By Hannah Nowack
July 31, 2019
Credit: Angela Weiss

Brooks Laich is opening up about his wife of two years, Julianne Hough, not taking his last name. Prior to marrying the professional dancer in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, the former NHL player had always assumed his then-soon-to-be wife would take his surname once they tied the knot—when she told him she was keeping her own, it unsettled him, he said. The athlete used his iHeart Radio podcast How Men Think to get candid about the topic.

According to People, "I don't find it disrespectful," Laich said of his wife's choice. "I'm obviously open to it, but at the start, yeah, it was a little jarring for me. "When we first met and got engaged and stuff, we had this conversation and I was like, 'I want you to take my last name,' I said that. It was important to me. To me right now, it's not that big of an issue. We don't have any kids right now, but she doesn't have my last name."

Laich shared with his podcast co-host Gavin DeGraw, "I will say I didn't think that initially—I figured it would be an issue—but I'm surprised for myself now that it's not an issue. But, it will be interesting to see when we have kids. When we have children, I would want them to have my last name, our last name." Laich did admit that he's unsure whether or not his future children will take his last name—he and Hough might work together to incorporate both. "Maybe hyphenated, I'm not sure," he explained.

The retired athlete says that the conversation surrounding Hough taking his surname isn't over. "I'm actually kind of surprised that it hasn't become an issue in our relationship because I do, as a man, take pride in the last name. Having that last name as the family name and especially when we have kids, I think that will amplify," he said.

"I don't know for a fact, but I'm assuming it might amplify for me. I think it'll always be an ongoing discussion, but I'm not going to make my wife change her last name if she doesn't feel comfortable—but I don't think that creates a division within our relationship. To be fully honest, I would like my wife to have my last name, whether it's now or sometime in the near future or far future," Laich admitted, noting that he "refers to their house as the Laich household."


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