Derek Hough – Bio, Wife, Girlfriend, Age, Net Worth, Height, Is He Gay?

When it comes to outstanding dance skills, Derek Hough is one dancer to look at. He is a professional Latin and ballroom dancer, as well as a choreographer, actor, and singer. His astounding skills have earned him several awards, including two Primetime Emmy Awards, and several nominations. Simply put, the dancer is phenomenal, and we take this chance to look into the facts of his life.

Bio and Age of Derek Hough

Derek Hough was born on the 17th of May, 1985 and grew up in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, Utah. He was born to two-time Utah Republican Party chairman Bruce Robert and Mari Anne. Hough is the fourth child in a family of five, and all of his siblings are sisters. They are Sharee, Marabeth, Katherine, and Julianne. The dancer actually comes from a line of dancers; his parents met in a ballroom dancing team, and all his grandparents were dancers. By the time he turned 12 years old, his parents sent him to live in London and take dance classes instructed by Corky and Shirley Ballas. Around the time he was sent to London, his parents had already been considering the possibility of having a divorce. His sister Julianne would join him in London several months later.

Derek Hough would spend the better part of his adolescent years in London, attending the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Hough and his sister Julianne would continue together to receive training in dance, music, theatre, and gymnastics. In conjunction with his outstanding dance skills, Hough can also play the drums, guitar, and piano.


Derek Hough started making waves with his career between 1998 to 2004, entering competitions that saw him traveling abroad to countries like Japan, the Netherlands, Ireland, and so on. His first win was in 2002 when he won the WDSF World Youth Latin Championship. In 2003, he won the Blackpool Under-21 Latin title with dance partner Aneta Piotrowska. He has been awarded both the LA Outstanding Dancer of the Year and New York Dance Alliance Outstanding Dance awards.

Derek Hough made his first appearance on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars in the 2004 fourth season. He started as a guest instructor with Apolo Anton Ohno and his sister Julianne. He returned to the show the following season as a professional instructor paired with actress Jennie Garth. The pair got eliminated at the semi-finals in fourth place. In the sixth season, he was with actress Shannon Elizabeth, and the pair finished sixth. Derek Hough appeared for every other season of Dancing with the Stars except for season 12, when he took a hiatus to work on the movie Make Your Move 3D.

Derek Hough has worked several times with his former dance instructors’ son Mark Ballas. In 2014 he directed Ballas’ music video Get My Name released on the 14th of May, 2014 on MTV. He also bought a house with Ballas so they could renovate it and sell it for profit. The entire thing was broadcast as a four-episode HGTV series called Mark & Derek’s Excellent Flip. It aired in Spring 2015. He released his first book Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion on the 5th of August, 2014. By the 24th it entered The New York Times Best Seller list.

Derek Hough has earned eight Emmy Award nominations thanks to his work on Dancing with the Stars. He has won two of them for Outstanding Choreography. On the 10th of April, 2014 Hough was honored with his sister at Mattel Children’s Hospital with the Kaleidoscope Award for their humanitarianism.

Is There a Wife or Girlfriend?

Derek Hough is currently dating Dancing with the Stars dancer Hayley Erbert. The two met in 2015 when they competed against themselves on the dance show. The two of them started dating in 2015, and the relationship has been going strong since. Hough has mentioned that he would like to get married in the future.

Is He Gay?

Before officially announcing dating Hayley Erbert, Derek Hough had been romantically linked to several other beautiful ladies in the past. Some of the ladies include the actresses India De Beaufort, Shannon Elizabeth, and Nina Dobrev to name a few. Though he hasn’t said anything about it, it would be safe to imagine that Hough is straight. The rumors about him being gay began circulating when he was spotted in a Lake City gay bar.

Derek Hough’s Net Worth

Derek Hough’s dancing career has given him the ability to amass for himself a net worth estimated at $4 million. There is currently no information on his annual salary, but considering his skills and net worth it’s not difficult to imagine the salary does quite nicely.

Height and Body Measurements

Derek Hough stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches / 1.78 meters. He has a body weight of 76 kg / 167.5 pounds. He has a chest-waist-biceps measurement of 42-32-14.5 inches. He is blond with blue eyes.