Derek Hough of Dancing With the Stars took home one of his six Mirrorball trophies with actor Jennifer Gray in season 11.During their time together, Gray took Hough on a field trip under false pretenses that he was soon to be on discovered that the Dirty Dancing star had his best interests at heart

Hough grew up in Utah and shares how his parents’ marriage split had profound effects on him as a child

“Within weeks of my parents’ announcement of their divorce, I experienced a total personality change,” wrote Hough in his 2015 book, “Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life on the Move” “I was like Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde A new Derek took over I assumed I was bad news – the boy from the broken family – and that’s how I became ”

After being recruited by Shirley and Corky Ballas for their dance company in London, Hough moved overseas when he was only 11 and lived with the Ballas family

“I have spent most of my life running away from Utah, from the life I led there, from the memories I associated with those early years,” he explained. “It felt for me very different about London has changed me profoundly ”

During the 11 Season told Gray Hough that she had back problems and needed to see a physical therapist. She wanted Hough to accompany her

“We drove back to a house with a shed,” Hough recalled “Strangely, it didn’t look like a doctor’s office There was a couch and incense I looked at Jen and she winked at me This wasn’t physical therapy. She gave us signed up for a bizarre couple therapy! “

The therapist spoke with Hough and Gray for a while, then asked Gray to leave so he could speak to the DWTS star privately. At this point, Hough still had reservations. When the therapist asked about Hough’s childhood, the floodgates opened

“I’ve got everything ready for him – I’ve talked for almost two hours – and he nodded,” Hough recalled. “You can pick him up now” I raised an eyebrow “Pick up who?” The therapist smiled “That younger boy, that me that you left in Utah. You left him there while you were on a mission that is so vigorous. Now you can bring him back ‘”

By talking to the therapist, the Mirrorball Champion was able to reconnect with the child he once was without associating with a troubled past

“It was more than powerful and insightful,” Hough shared, “Did I really leave that part of me behind?” Had I lost this big-eyed, fun-loving kid and all of his creative exuberance? … I combined my early years with painful memories. I wanted to keep young Derek at a distance. But what I forgot was all the good things I had with him too … It was the kick in the ass that I needed ”

Apparently, Gray noticed Hough’s inner turmoil but was reluctant to suggest therapy. So she developed her plan to get help for her “back problem” “

“When I got out of my therapy session, Jennifer was waiting for me,” Hough recalled. “If I had told you we were going you wouldn’t have come,” she said. She was right. She had to blind me to get me to deal with it she saw me struggling, like I seemed to be in some kind of emotional rut ”

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