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Derek Hough: Question bullies

Derek Hough has opened up about his thoughts on bullying.

The 29-year-old dancer has penned personal book Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion, in which he discusses the topic of bullying.

He can't get his head around the fact that some people seemingly need to put others down to make themselves feel better.

"For me, the essence of the book that I wanted to try and capture was a phrase that I heard that I absolutely love and it's, 'What if the world wasn't happening to you, but is happening for you.' And I look at those experiences and reflect on them and thinking like, 'What could I have learned from that?'" he explained to Access Hollywood.

"I almost have more compassion for the guys and why they felt like they had to overpower somebody. And also, not just young kids, but adults as well - why does somebody feel like they have to overpower somebody and bully them and put them down?"

Derek believes that those who try to assert authority in an aggressive way are actually trying to hide weakness. His philosophy is that these people aren't happy in themselves and that if they were, they would only want to "give love".

The dancing star and his younger actress sister Julianne, 26, moved to London at a young age to pursue their dreams and attend the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. He's also discussed this life-changing event in the book.

"I had to really take care of her and, you know, be her big brother and I think we became not just siblings, but kind of partners and a team, and that just kind of carried on through," he revealed. "And we're very likeminded and [have] sort of [the same] philosophy and things like that."

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