Julianne Hough and Ben Barnes Are Not Dating, Source Says After Pair Is Spotted on Ice Cream Outing
Julianne Hough filed for divorce from ex Brooks Laich in November
However, a source tells PEOPLE that Hough and Barnes are just friends. "They have been friends for eight years," the source says. "There is nothing more to it."
The former Dancing with the Stars judge and the Westworld actor went out for ice cream in Los Angeles on Thursday. Both wore athleisure wear, with Hough, 32, in an all-black ensemble including sneakers, leggings, a crop top, fuzzy jacket and matching mask. Barnes, 39, wore leggings topped with shorts, a grey zip-up and a mask.
Hough and Barnes previously were together at HBO's Emmys party in 2016. In April 2020, they were photographed taking a walk together in L.A.
Reps for Hough and Barnes did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's requests for comment.
The exes initially announced their separation in May, telling PEOPLE in a joint statement: "We have lovingly and carefully taken the time we have needed to arrive at our decision to separate."
RELATED VIDEO: Brooks Laich Says 'I Cry All the Time' amid Divorce from Julianne Hough: 'It's Wonderful'
"We share an abundance of love and respect for one another and will continue to lead with our hearts from that place," Hough and Laich said. "We kindly request your compassion and respect for our privacy moving forward."
Their split came after multiple sources had told PEOPLE that the pair had hit a rough patch in their marriage. They had also been social distancing separately during the COVID-19 pandemic, with Laich in Idaho and Hough at home in Los Angeles.
"There is honestly no ill will. He loves her. She loves him. I can truly say they always will," a source told PEOPLE at the time. "But they both understand they are not meant to go through their lives as husband and wife to each other."