updated 09/11/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/11/2012 AT 12:10 PM ET
“I was reluctant because he is such an influential guy, and what if it didn’t work out?” Hough, 24, tells InStyle in its Makeover 2012 cover story. “Our first date, I was so nervous that I just sat there and interviewed him with questions like, ‘Are you loyal?’ and ‘Are you close to your family?’ ”
Fast-forward to two years later, the pair – who met in 2007 when the Dancing with the Stars and American Idol sets were across the hall from each other – are totally comfortable in their lovey-dovey relationship.
“When we do see each other, we are super excited and do these cute and romantic things,” Hough, who cooks for her beau, 37, says. “I’m 20 lbs. heavier than I was when we started dating. And now we always have great wine, and I can tell the difference. So I told him, ‘You ruined my life because I can’t go to a friend’s house and drink cheap wine anymore.’ “