'Dancing with the Stars' Julianne Hough 'won't be dancing for 2 weeks'
By Steve Rogers and John Bracchitta, 10/28/2008
Julianne Hough has revealed some additional details about her upcoming surgery and clarified that, despite her comments on last night's Dancing with the Stars broadcast, she won't -- assuming he continues to advance in the competition -- be back dancing with celebrity partner Cody Linley for at least two weeks.
"They say it's three or four days of recovery. I'm thinking more like a week. Then I'll be able to work with Cody. But I won't be dancing for two weeks," Hough wrote in a Tuesday blog posting about her surgery, which was set to be performed sometime today.
During Monday night's show, Hough had implied that, assuming there were no complications, she expected to be back dancing as soon as next week.
"Everything's okay. I'm gonna hopefully be back -- if everything goes as planned -- next week," Hough told Dancing with the Stars co-host Samantha Harris as she explained her earlier Monday announcement that she'd been diagnosed with endometriosis and would be undergoing "minor surgery" to remove her appendix on Tuesday. (Endometriosis is a condition which results in the development of uterine-lining tissue outside the uterus on the surfaces of organs, such as the appendix, in the pelvis or abdomen.)
Hough's surprise endometriosis and appendix removal announcement had come after she'd been taken to the emergency room via ambulance after revealing she had been feeling severe stomach pains during last Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars results show.
After the visit, Hough had originally said she was "fine" and stated the incident was just a "bad stomach," however she now admits that, despite her assurances, that actually wasn't the case.
"Actually what happened is last week was more than just a tummy ache. Obviously. It turned out I ruptured a cyst that was on my ovary," wrote Hough. "I didn't know but I have endometriosis. I've apparently had it for a long time because I've had this pain for about the last five years. It hasn't been as bad. Up till last week, I let it go and I was always too busy to get it checked out. But because it happened when I was on [the Dancing with the Stars] set, they made me go to the doctor."
Although there hadn't been any specific mention of ovarian cyst ruptures or removal in either her Monday announcement or Dancing with the Stars broadcast comments, Hough now says the cysts are -- just as TMZ had originally reported yesterday -- what is actually driving her surgery.
"They want to clean out the cysts and take out my appendix, too, because later on it can be affected by the cysts," Hough wrote.
In her blog posting, Hough -- who released her debut country music album back in May -- seemed to blame the discrepancies on her management.
"Last week my management and the other people around me were trying to think of something else I could say that was wrong with me, but I was like, don't worry. I want to be a good role model. I want to be honest," Hough wrote. "Maybe some girl out there won't wait too long like I did. I'm just glad I'm taking care of it now because I want to have babies some day. I don't want to jeopardize my health. "
"Endometriosis is a common thing for women," Hough wrote before adding her surgery will be done laparoscopically through her belly button so there won't be a scar. She also revealed that her mother had gone through the same surgery years ago and her sister is slated to have the same surgery in a few weeks as well.
"I guess my brother [Derek Hough] is the only sibling in the family who doesn't have to worry about having his ovaries checked," she joked.
As for last night's performance, Hough wrote that -- similar to what Cristian de la Fuente did with his bicep injury last season -- she had originally asked her doctor to delay the surgery until after the competition but was told that the procedure could not wait that long. She added that while her doctor had wanted to schedule the surgery for last Friday, she had been able to push it to Tuesday so she could perform with Linley last night.
"I wanted to do my best for Cody. He's awesome and he deserves to go all the way in the competition. I didn't want my problems to get in his way. So I went out and did my best," Hough wrote, before adding that she had not put herself in any danger by going through with the performance.
"My doctor's wife was a jazz dancer, so he was familiar with dancer's crazy determination to dance through pain. He said it was ok," she added.
Hough also stated that she thought Edyta Sliwinska -- who will temporarily serve as Linley's replacement partner, assuming he continues to advance in the competition -- is a "great girl and a terrific dancer" and will be "great" while she recovers from the surgery.
"I didn't get Bruno at all last night. I was pissed at him," she wrote. "Think about it. That song was a strong sexy song, not the kind of song Bruno said it was. I think [Carrie Ann Inaba] was right. I think Cody has improved so much. I was really proud of him. But in the confessional, I had to watch what I said about the judges, well, what I said about Bruno."
Hough also commented on the prospects of a possible "Hough vs. Hough" ending to Dancing with the Stars' seventh season.
"I think that would be great fun, I hope it happens!" she wrote regarding a possible showdown with her brother Derek and his celebrity partner Brooke Burke. "Brooke has been a frontrunner from the beginning, and I think Cody has shown what this show is about. We'll see."