Dancing With the Stars pro Derek Hough is speaking out in defense of his sister, DWTS judge Julianne Hough, in regards to Amber Rose’s recent comments that she felt Julianne had “body shamed” her during a recent episode of the hit dance competition series.
“I think we all know Julianne and she is a huge advocate for being kind,” Derek told ET’s Carly Steel at the Motion Picture Television Fund’s “Night Under the Stars” event in Los Angeles on Saturday.
While the 31-year-old dancer said he felt his sister was “100 percent” misunderstood, he said he appreciated why Rose felt the way she did about the comments.
“You get your feelings hurt when you’re on the show,” Derek explained. “I understand she felt bummed out.”
“But to say [Julianne] was [body shaming] is definitely just false,” he added. “Julianne’s the complete opposite of that, and she stands for everything that’s [the opposite of] body shaming.”
Rose said that she felt she had been body shamed by the 28-year-old DWTS judge during her Loveline podcast this week, when Hough remarked that she felt “uncomfortable” about a dance move during Rose’s somewhat risqué routine with partner Maks Chmerkovskiy on Monday’s show.
“All the beautiful professional dancers that are on Dancing With the Stars, I mean, they dress very sexy and they do the splits and they grind up on these guys and they look absolutely stunning and get a standing ovation,” Rose shared. “And me, and my body, my hips, my a**, my breasts made her uncomfortable.”
Julianne responded to Rose’s remarks in a statement to ET on Friday, explaining that her comments were “solely reacting to the quality of the dance I was judging”
“I have been a strong proponent of female empowerment and an anti-bullying advocate for years and I take that very seriously,” she said. “Any kind of body shaming is the furthest thing from who I am and what I stand for.”
Derek admitted that he doesn’t know if his sister and Rose have had a chance to hash out their differences yet, but said, “Knowing [Julianne], as soon as she’s in town, she’ll go right up to Amber and she’ll be like, 'Listen, I hope you know what I mean. Let’s hug it out.’”
ET spoke with Rose during her second annual Slutwalk event on Saturday, however she declined to comment when asked about her body shaming claims.
For more on the heightened tensions between the talk show host and the DWTS judge, check out the video below.