World of Dance is back for season four on Tuesday, May 26th, with judges Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Derek Hough crashing auditions American Idol-style, so things are bound to get interesting.
If you’ve ever seen Derek Hough dance, you know he’s got some serious skills. But apparently, he has some smooth moves in the love department, too. The World of Dance judge has been posting (ridiculously cute) Instagrams of his girlfriend Hayley Erbert a lot lately, so people—including his fellow judges—are dying to know more BTS info about their relationship.
The best place to start? Derek's Instagram—it's full of cute pics of him and Hayley. Case in point: He posted this simple, yet meaningful post on Valentine's Day.
A post shared by Derek Hough (@derekhough) on Feb 14, 2019 at 8:59am PST
Clearly, his and Hayley's romance is serious (on top of being seriously adorable). But before you start wondering about any wedding bells, you're probably wondering who is this Hayley—and how did she dance her way into Derek's heart?
Here’s everything you need to know about Derek Hough's girlfriend:
They met on Dancing With The Stars.
ICYMI, Derek was a dancer on DWTS for years before joining the WoD fam. That's where he met Hayley, a troupe dancer with the show. The two even danced to Ed Sheeran’s "Thinking Out Loud" on DWTS Live in 2015.
Hayley also shared a #tbt Instagram post in May 2017 that showed her and Derek onstage, looking all steamy together. "Can’t believe this was 3 years ago," she wrote. So clearly, they’ve had chemistry for eons.
A post shared by Hayley Erbert (@hayley.erbert) on May 4, 2017 at 4:59pm PDT
It’s hard to say exactly when they started dating.
Despite all those fireworks, the two didn’t actually start dating until 2016, according to Closer Weekly. But others say they started dating as early as 2015 (which, tbh, does make sense with Hayley's Insta).
A post shared by Derek Hough (@derekhough) on Jul 4, 2018 at 6:00pm PDT
But now, they can't get enough of each other—literally.
The couple is quarantined together in Los Angeles, where they've been making allllll the TikTok videos to keep themselves busy (see: Derek's acoustic piano performances). They even made lovey-dovey ~content~ during an afternoon in the pool.
A post shared by Hayley Erbert (@hayley.erbert) on May 8, 2020 at 4:57pm PDT
Back in March 2020, they went all out and made a "Flip the Switch" video, and even released a behind-the-scenes look at Derek's first experience with lipstick.
A post shared by Hayley Erbert (@hayley.erbert) on Mar 20, 2020 at 4:48pm PDT
Still, since they can't perform beyond at-home performances (like the Disney Sing-Along, wink wink), they found themselves doing the Chubby Bunny marshmallow challenge "out of pure boredom."
They recently did not one, but two Disney singalongs.
The couple played Belle and Lumiere and sang "Be Our Guest" during the first Disney Family Singalong, the COVID-19 special produced by ABC and hosted by Ryan Seacrest in April. For the second special, they sang—and choreographed an intense dance routine—to "Step in Time" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Mary Poppins.
A post shared by Hayley Erbert (@hayley.erbert) on Apr 15, 2020 at 6:00pm PDT
Haley's in touch with her mystical side.
During quarantine, she's been pulling out her tarot cards and journaling almost every night. She even explained on IG that one of her favorite things about staying home has been her almost nightly "moon deck ritual."
One of my favorite things about quarantine has been my moon deck ritual.. My other favorite thing is doing my ritual in the comfiest cozies and on the softest sheets ever! Every product from @cozyearthbedding is a MUST have! Check out their website and use my code “IGHAYLEY50” for 50% off!
A post shared by Hayley Erbert (@hayley.erbert) on Apr 18, 2020 at 5:26pm PDT
Derek and his sister Julianne helped launch Hayley’s career.
Hayley was hired to go on a Move Live tour with Derek and Julianne Hough in 2014. And while she was performing, she caught the eye of a producer for DWTS who recruited her for the reality competition show, Heavy reports.
They love spending the holidays together.
Hayley shared an Instagram of herself and Derek—in matching PJs, no less—celebrating Christmas together in 2018. (Derek's WoD costar J.Lo and boyfriend A-Rod posted a similar holiday pic, too). In the pic, the two jokingly pose with a cat in front of a fire, and it’s all kinds of adorable.
A post shared by Hayley Erbert (@hayley.erbert) on Dec 25, 2018 at 10:45am PST
Hayley is a huge fan of a certain Canadian singer.
Sorry, Beliebers, but it's not Justin. Last year, Hayley admitted on Instagram that she’s obsessed with Celine Dion, sharing this hilarious video of herself and Derek rocking out to "It’s All Coming Back to Me." If that isn’t love…
For those of you who don’t already know, I am OBSESSED with Celine Dion. Growing up, I listened to her CDs on repeat (in my Walkman 😂). I also danced to just about every single song of hers, thanks @missjonjon! Still to this day, I play her albums on repeat. And now I make @derekhough jam in the car with me! ♥️ Celine is QUEEN, forever and always @celinedion P.S. The craziest thing is, I still have yet to see her live! I’m making it happen by the end of this year.
A post shared by Hayley Erbert (@hayley.erbert) on Aug 4, 2018 at 11:04am PDT
They support each other's work.
While Derek left DWTS a few years ago, he's "still paying close attention" to the show to support Hayley, and Hayley's also attended some World of Dance tapings to support him, according to ET.
And then Derek recently shared this…
A post shared by Derek Hough (@derekhough) on Jan 30, 2019 at 5:05pm PST
Nuff said, right?
Hayley takes the lead in the kitchen.
Derek's Instagram is filled with videos of Hayley cooking (most likely ridiculously nutritious meals to fuel all that dancing). In one particularly sweet vid, he serenaded Hayley with "Shallow" from A Star Is Born while she was busy in the kitchen:
A post shared by Derek Hough (@derekhough) on Jan 24, 2019 at 11:08am PST
And then there's this:
A post shared by Derek Hough (@derekhough) on Nov 15, 2018 at 11:00pm PST
They’re so in love it’s ridiculous.
Derek has repeatedly said on Instagram how much he loves his gf. And when she was in a bus crash on DWTS Live, he Instagrammed a photo of the two of them from his sister’s wedding and wrote, "I’m so thankful my love is safe."
A post shared by Derek Hough (@derekhough) on Feb 6, 2018 at 8:30am PST
Hayley's a Libra.
Born on October 11, Hayley's a total Libra. And since Derek's birthday is May 17, that makes him a Taurus. While their zodiac signs aren't perfectly compatible, Libras and Tauruses are the best match in the bedroom.
Not that it really matters—Derek loves Hayley no matter what. In a sweet birthday Insta, he wrote, "Happy birthday to my love. You fill my heart with so much joy. I love our crazy adventures together or just sitting on the couch with our bodies entangled watching a movie." Awwww.
Happy Birthday to my love. You fill my heart with so much joy. I love our crazy adventures together or just sitting on the couch with our bodies entangled watching a movie. I find myself smiling at you in random moments. Fully feeling the effect you’ve made in my life. This surprising journey fills my heart with so much gratitude. Today I celebrate and am truly thankful you were born. Happy Birthday @hayley.erbert
A post shared by Derek Hough (@derekhough) on Oct 11, 2018 at 11:33am PDT
People really, really want them to get engaged.
Like, a lot. After Julianne got married, E! asked Derek if he might be next. "It's not something we really talk about so much right now," he said. "It was a wonderful week to be with [Hayley] and experience love." Still, he added, "I don't want to be an old grandpa when I start having kids... After that wedding, I'm like, ‘Who knows?' You feel the love."
Ryan Seacrest also straight-up asked Derek in July 2018 if he thinks about getting engaged, and Derek had this to say: "Yeah, sometimes. Sometimes. But you know what’s funny? There’s so many people getting engaged and married in my circle [right now], and I’m just letting them enjoy that, so my time will come. We’ll see when it happens."
Oh, and J.Lo's apparently been wondering when he's gonna pop the question, too.
On the set of World of Dance, Derek made a "dad joke," and J.Lo told him she’d thought he’d be a good dad someday. "And then she said, 'So, why aren’t you [a dad]? And why aren’t you married?' I’m like, 'Oh god!'" he recalled in the above video.
Then, she apparently asked Derek, "Well, do you want to get married?" And he said, "Well, yeah, I think I do." To which she responded (in classic J.Lo no BS fashion), "Oh, you think you do? You’re one of those?" Derek explained, "I was like, 'Well, hold on! Let me finish…'
Okay, Derek, imma let you finish, but only if you keep posting more adorable Instagrams of Hayley in the meantime.
A post shared by Hayley Erbert (@hayley.erbert) on Feb 14, 2019 at 10:31am PST
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