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Derek Hough on Childhood Bullying: I Was ‘Tied Up, Left in Fields’

Derek Hough on Childhood Bullying: I Was Tied Up, Left in Fields

Derek Hough

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10/18/2014 AT 01:15 PM EDT

On Dancing with the Stars, Derek Hough is popular and in command.

But as a kid growing up in Utah, Hough was viciously bullied. And it took him years to gain the confidence he exudes on the dance floor.

“I was punched in the face, pretty aggressively in the stomach. I was tied up in trees and left in fields,” the dance pro told PEOPLE at Friday’s 10th annual GLSEN Respect Awards, which also honored Julia Roberts with the humanitarian award.

To this day, Hough, 29, who said he was targeted by his schoolmates and neighbors, doesn’t understand why he was singled out, but believes the answer lies within the bully’s lack of self-esteem.

“That’s the question: Why me? Why is this happening to me? What have I done?” he said. “It’s not because [of] anything other than the people doing it aren’t happy with themselves. They don’t love who they are. They don’t know who they are.”

Although Hough – who received an inspirational award – has not forgotten his painful past, he said his biggest step was learning to let go.

“I’ve learned that I can’t have control over the outside. ‘I want this person to respect me. I want this person to like me.’ It’s really just loving who you are and being true to who you are,” he said.

“When I was bullied, it was very physical, it was very aggressive, and it was something that, as I got older, I definitely forgave. I think that when you’re forgiving, you’re for giving.”

And now Hough wants to do a little giving of his own – as a father.

Although Hough’s “hectic” year has left little time for dating, the author of Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion said he’s ready to finally shift his focus to starting a family.

“We’ll start with a woman first – a wife!” he said with a laugh, playfully quipping that he’s “pretty eligible.”

“I want kids,” he added. “I’m turning 30 next year, I got to get on this! I want babies.”

Derek Hough on Childhood Bullying: I Was Tied Up, Left in Fields
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Channing Tatum: ‘I Have Never Considered Myself a Very Smart Person’

Channing Tatum: I Have Never Considered Myself a Very Smart Person

Channing Tatum

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10/18/2014 AT 09:45 AM EDT

Channing Tatum never thought of himself as intellectual – he struggled with ADHD and dyslexia in school.

“I have never considered myself a very smart person, for a lot of reasons,” he tells T, The New York Times Style Magazine. And that made his teen years difficult.

“Not having early success on that one path messes with you,” he admits. “You get lumped in classes with kids with autism and Down syndrome, and you look around and say, ‘Okay, so this is where I’m at.’ Or you get put in the typical classes and you say, ‘All right, I’m obviously not like these kids either.’ So you’re kind of nowhere. You’re just different.”

He believes “the system is broken. If we can streamline a multibillion-dollar company, we should be able to help kids who struggle the way I did.”

Now, as a top-earning actor and Hollywood producer (who made millions when Magic Mike became a smash hit), the 34-year-old credits the arts with helping him find his way out of the confusion he felt.

Tatum says his parents were not artistic, but he “was drawn to people who knew about movies, art, even fashion.” When he moved to New York as a model, “I just learned everything I could from anybody who knew something I didn’t,” he says.

The Foxcatcher star believes he has a talent for choosing good mentors. “I can look at a person and say, ‘They’ve got something that I want up there in their head. I’m going to do my best to get in there and absorb it.’ My mom said, ‘Be a sponge.’ And so I’ve learned more from people than I have from school or from books.”

While you’d think he has his hands full juggling his busy movie career with being a father to his 16-month-old daughter, Everly, with wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum, the actor has also found time to take up another artistic pursuit – sculpting.

“I could never carve away marble like the ancients,” he says of his preference to work in clay. “With sculpting, nothing is cloudy or mystical. It’s just about this object, and if you’re trying to depict reality, and you do it well, then the outcome is the truth.”

Channing Tatum: I Have Never Considered Myself a Very Smart Person
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Is Khloé Kardashian Transforming Into KLo? A Look at Her Jennifer Lopez Fandom

10/17/2014 at 01:00 PM ET

When we saw these gorgeous pics posted on celeb makeup artist Mary Phillips’s Instagram, we thought it was two shots of the same gal. That “bronde” wavy, center-parted hair! The super lush lashes! Those bronze smoky eyes and nude pouty lips! But it turns out that Mary is working with Jennifer Lopez and Khloé Kardashian — which may explain the similarities we’ve noticed in their style in the last few months.

Is Khloé Kardashian Transforming Into KLo? A Look at Her Jennifer Lopez FandomCourtesy Mary Phillips/Instagram (2)

Khloé’s girl crush on Jennifer definitely isn’t a secret. She’s shared links to Lopez’s new album and posted pics of JLo’s (insanely toned) body calling Jennifer her “#WCW” [woman crush Wednesday, for the uninitiated] and “fitness motivation” complete with a lovey-eyed emoji, all on the photo below.. So its only natural that Khloé’s hair, makeup and style is gravitating in a Jenny-esque direction (hey, we look to our fave stars for inspiration too!). And how fitting that they share a makeup artist to give them both that sunkissed glow.

Is Khloé Kardashian Transforming Into KLo? A Look at Her Jennifer Lopez FandomCourtesy Khloe Kardashian

Either way, both babes are gorgeous and have killer style. So we’re going to try and channel our inner KLo (get it?!) this weekend. The formula: a long-sleeved leopard dress, black pointy pumps, sleek strands and bold makeup.

Is Khloé Kardashian Transforming Into KLo? A Look at Her Jennifer Lopez FandomSpartano/FameFlynet; Jim Smeal/BEImages

Do you get fashion and beauty ideas from your celeb icons? Are you loving Khloé’s JLo-inspired style? Tell us what you think!

–Loni Venti

Is Khloé Kardashian Transforming Into KLo? A Look at Her Jennifer Lopez Fandom
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Five Reasons to Tune In to Dane Cook’s Showtime Special Troublemaker

10/17/2014 AT 07:40 PM EDT

It’ll be his first comedy special in four years – and the first he’s ever directed – so comedian Dane Cook was all in for his Showtime comedy special Troublemaker.

“All the mysteries of life will be revealed,” the 42-year-old jokes. “No, honestly, it was me ponying up my own cash and you’ll get to watch something that I truly dreamed of.”

Here are five reasons you don’t want to miss Friday night’s special.

1. He lives up to the Troublemaker name.
“I think I say at the beginning of the show that 60 percent of relationships that are here tonight are going to be over by the end of this show, so I thought that that was appropriate,” Cook says. “The show is mischievous – I’ve always got a little bit of that in my routine – and it’s also just kind of a bit of a play on public perception. People like to see me as somebody that’s always stirring things up even though, truly, that’s not how I live my life.”

2. It’s his directorial debut!
“There was certainly a lot of pressure to it because, as a stand-up, normally it’s just all about the routine,” Cook tells PEOPLE. “As we got months closer to the special itself, then I was picking the right kind of cameras that captured a certain look. It was like decorating a home – this is all a canvas.”

3. He’ll dish on his dating life.
“In the past, relationship stuff that I’ve done has been kind of pivotal,” says Cook. “Well, I found that as I was in the dating scene a few years back, the tech element of dating came up and how quickly relationships can also be destroyed by the way we communicate through text,” he explains. “So, for couples to watch this together, I’d say make sure that your cell phones are not within reaching distance!”

4. It’s all about creativity – and honesty.
“Comics really can be moody, and the way we communicate things is not always in a formulaic, bulls—- comedy set that you see on some of these other networks, where it’s so edited to be precise and perfect,” he explains. “What you’re missing is the real comedy that’s prickly, it’s sometimes a little uncomfortable, sometimes it’s ostentatious, and over the top and irreverent to the point of vulgar. I wanted to be able to really come at this from every side and have it be where people watch it and say, ‘Yeah, not everything is so finessed and polished.’ “

5. He’s all grown up!
“I’ve never felt better in my life,” admits Cook. “I’ve never felt more just kind of cool in my own skin. I’m not two steps ahead of myself, I’m not trying to live up to something three steps behind, so that was important that I really kind of showed people that.”

Dane Cook’s Troublemaker special airs Friday (10 p.m. ET) on Showtime.

Five Reasons to Tune In to Dane Cooks Showtime Special Troublemaker
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