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Brooks Laich Says He Still Wants to Have Kids After Julianne Hough Split

Dreaming of being a dad! Brooks Laich reveled he still wants to have kids following his and Julianne Hough’s May split.

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The former professional hockey player, 36, was discussing his “journey” to learn more about racism on a Sunday, June 7, “How Men Think With Brooks Laich and Gavin DeGraw” podcast episode when he said, “It’s important to me. I hope to be a father one day.”

Brooks Laich Says He Still Wants to Have Kids After Julianne Hough Split
Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough.; MediaPunch/Shutterstock

He went on to tell Gavin DeGraw and guest Scott Evans: “I hope to have the world be a better place for them … one day.”

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The Canadian star first spoke about his fatherhood goals in October 2019. “I didn’t think I could do that in my 20s while I was devoting all this time to hockey, which is what …  full transparency, selfishly I fully wanted to do,” the athlete explained on his and DeGraw’s podcast. “I needed to do that for myself. So now that I’m 36, I feel I do have the space in my life.”

He added, “I’m now not an athlete, I’m not playing hockey. So what does life look like now? There’s still a figuring-out process of a new identity for myself. Also with my wife, our relationship — it’s a new identity for our relationship as well.”

While Laich told Us Weekly exclusively that he and Hough, 31, were trying to conceive via in vitro fertilization, they “never actually tried to get pregnant,” the Dancing With the Stars pro revealed to Women’s Health last month. “It was more of a precautionary measure: Let’s do our due diligence for the future by freezing eggs.”

Later that same month, the former couple announced their split after nearly three years of marriage.

“We have lovingly and carefully taken the time we have needed to arrive at our decision to separate,” they said in a joint statement at the time. “We share an abundance of love and respect for one another and will continue to lead with our hearts from that place. We kindly request your compassion and respect for our privacy moving forward.”

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An insider told Us exclusively that the breakup was “a long time coming.” The source said, “They argued a lot and just had different viewpoints on important issues. There’s still a love there, but not in a romantic sense.”

News of their split came one month after Us exclusively reported that Laich and Hough were “not doing well.”

The exes tied the knot in July 2017 in Idaho.

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