"I want to be with that special person," said Hough about her virginity in CosmoGIRL!'s April issue, Entertainment Tonightreported.
"I think the decision to have sex before marriage is an individual one -- but if you're just with one person, it's only for one good reason -- and [waiting to have sex] will strengthen that relationship. I'm not trying to preach consequences here, but I think when you say no, down the line it will be a better decision."
"I tried to go out and mingle with people in the industry and date people, but I felt I was different than most of them," she told CosmoGIRL!. "I don't drink, smoke or do drugs, so those things immediately separate me. It's all very enticing, though."
The 19-year-old two-time defending Dancing with the Stars professional champ said she's able to stay grounded with the help of her family -- especially her dad, whom she's "very close with."
"[He'll] text me, 'Are you doing the right things, in the right place, at the right time?' And it's usually when I'm someplace I shouldn't be," she told CosmoGIRL!. "So I'll call him and say, 'Thanks, I needed to hear that.'"