Brooks Laich and Julianne Hough announced their separation after nearly three years of marriage last month

By Aurelie Corinthios
June 18, 2020 11:11 AM
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After a few months of self-isolation in Idaho, Brooks Laich appears to be back in Los Angeles.

On Wednesday, the former ice hockey player spent time with his ex Julianne Hough's brother Derek Hough.

In a video posted on his Instagram Story, Laich documented his afternoon with Derek, plus Derek's girlfriend Hayley Erbert, Julianne's close friend Kristy Sowin and another friend, Cory Tran. The group hung out at home, worked out and played ping pong together.

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Credit: Brooks Laich/Instagram

Laich, 36, and Julianne, 31, announced the news of their separation in an exclusive joint statement to PEOPLE in May after nearly three years of marriage.

"We have lovingly and carefully taken the time we have needed to arrive at our decision to separate," they said. "We share an abundance of love and respect for one another and will continue to lead with our hearts from that place. We kindly request your compassion and respect for our privacy moving forward."

The split came after multiple sources told PEOPLE earlier this year that the stars had hit a rough patch in their marriage. The two were also social distancing separately during the coronavirus outbreak, with Laich in Idaho and Hough home in Los Angeles.

"It's over, it's been over for a while, and it's time to just call it what it is — and it is over," one source with knowledge of the situation told PEOPLE. "There is honestly no ill will. He loves her. She loves him. I can truly say they always will. But they both understand they are not meant to go through their lives as husband and wife to each other."

According to the source, the fact that Hough and Laich were "perfectly happy and fine being apart" during the pandemic made them realize it was time to part ways.

A second source close to the couple added that this "wasn't a rash decision."

"They tried living apart and spending time apart, and also spending more time together to see what would be best. But their romantic relationship is over now," that source said. "It's really sad because there is a lot of love and respect between Brooks and Julianne, but they are both determined to remain friends."