Julianne Hough without ring amid claims she and Brooks Laich have ...

Her husband of two and a half years Brooks Laich posted a lengthy reflection to Instagram on Tuesday in which he spoke about 'stepping into a new chapter' in his life.

And hours later, Julianne Hough was once again seen out and about without her ring on her left hand.

The former Dancing With The Stars pro left a gym in West on Wednesday without the band she was given by the Canadian ice hockey professional when they exchanged vows in July 2017. 

Marriage problems: Julianne Hough was seen leaving a gym on Wednesday not wearing her wedding ring after husband Brooks Laich posted to Instagram about 'a new chapter' in his life

Marriage problems: Julianne Hough was seen leaving a gym on Wednesday not wearing her ring after husband Brooks Laich posted to Instagram about 'a new chapter' in his life

Hough, 31, was dressed in a black sweater and black leggings and appeared makeup-free after her workout session.

She juggled a shoulder purse and a tote along with a reusable water bottle and her cell phone as she returned to her parked vehicle.

She last posted a photo to her Instagram in which she is wearing her ring back in mid-November.

Since then, the ring has been absent from her social media pics and photos of her at celebrity events, such as during NBC's New Year's Eve 2020 telecast with Carson Daly.

Staying fit: Hough, 31, was dressed in a black sweater and black leggings and appeared makeup-free after her workout session in West Hollywood

Staying fit: Hough, 31, was dressed in a black sweater and black leggings and appeared makeup-free after her workout session in West

The former Dancing With The Stars pro exchanged vows in July 2017 with Canadian ice hockey pro Laich and in September she revealed in an interview she'd told him she was 'not straight'

 The former Dancing With The Stars pro exchanged vows in July 2017 with Canadian ice hockey pro Laich and in September she revealed in an interview she'd told him she was 'not straight'

A source told People on Wednesday that the couple have 'been having problems for months'

Hough, People's source claimed, is 'very independent and a free spirit, and that¿s been tough for Brooks and their marriage,' adding: 'Things have definitely changed in their relationship'

Rough patch: A source told People on Wednesday that Hough and Laich have 'been having problems for months' and adding: 'Things have definitely changed in their relationship'

A source told People on Wednesday that the couple have 'been having problems for months.'

Hough, the source claimed, is 'very independent and a free spirit, and that’s been tough for Brooks and their marriage,' adding: 'Things have definitely changed in their relationship.'

Meanwhile, an insider told E! News: 'They have been spending time apart but are not ready to share what's going on between them.'

'There's a ton of love and emotion there and they are going through something very personal.'

In her September 2019 cover story for Women's Health, Julianne revealed that she had told her husband: '"You know I'm not straight, right?" And he was like, "I'm sorry, what?"

She added: '"I was like, "I'm not. But I choose to be with you."'

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Julianne told the magazine: 'I think there's a safety with my husband now that I'm unpacking all of this, and there's no fear of voicing things that I've been afraid to admit or that I've had shame or guilt about because of what I've been told or how I was raised.' 

Still on: The singer, dancer and actress last posted a photo to her Instagram in which she is wearing her wedding ring back in mid-November - pictured at a NBC + Vanity Fair party

Still on: The singer, dancer and actress last posted a photo to her Instagram in which she is wearing her ring back in mid-November - pictured at a NBC + Vanity Fair party

Gone: However, for the past couple of months, her ring has been noticeably absent in both her social media photos and at celebrity events such as NBC's New Year's Eve 2020 telecast

Gone: However, for the past couple of months, her ring has been noticeably absent in both her social media photos and at celebrity events such as NBC's New Year's Eve 2020 telecast

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On New Year’s Eve, I had a friend ask me “what’s your adjective for the new year?” I asked him what he meant, and he said it’s about picking a word that is going to be a guide for you in 2020. His word was “mindful” - he wanted to be more mindful of his time, his friendships, his money, etc. and throughout the year he will remind himself to be “mindful” of all things in his life. I then immediately fell in love with this question. And the word that keeps coming up for me right now is “boundless.” I feel like a lot of my life has been “bound” to certain identities that have come through the sport I spent my life playing. Canadian, male, hockey player, disciplined, competitive, etc... and though I am all of those things, they do not define me, and I am not bound by them. In 2020 I look forward to releasing old identities, and stepping into a new chapter in my life. I find myself wanting to officially say the words “I retire” from professional hockey, instead of vehemently resisting it as I have been for the

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