Julianne Hough rocks a black dress with a thigh-high slit while out with pal Ben Barnes in NYC

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Julianne Hough showed off some serious leg in a black dress with a daring thigh-split as she enjoyed a stroll with Ben Barnes in¬†Manhattan’s Washington Square Park.

Ahead of her final performance on¬†Broadway’s award-winning play, POTUS, the 34-year-old actress looked relaxed as she chatted away with her longtime friend, 40, on Wednesday.¬†

The duo, who have been friends for over nine years, looked cheerful as they walked down the street after exploring the park, located in the heart of Greenwich Village.

Fresh air: Julianne Hough showed off some serious leg in a black dress with a daring thigh-split as she enjoyed a stroll with Ben Barnes in Manhattan's Washington Square Park

Fresh air: Julianne Hough showed off some serious leg in a black dress with a daring thigh-split as she enjoyed a stroll with Ben Barnes in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park

For her laid-back outing, the Dancing With the Stars champion accessorized her chic ensemble with a pair of oversized black shades, a matching tote bag and white flats.

The Safe Haven star’s pal, best known for his roles in The Chronicles of Narnia and Seventh Son,¬†wore a tan t-shirt, navy blue trousers and white sneakers.

Last year, the pair sparked romance rumors on an ice cream date, after she filed for divorce from Brooks Laich.

Leggy display: Ahead of her final performance on Broadway's award-winning play, POTUS, the 34-year-old actress looked relaxed as she chatted away with her longtime friend, 40, on Wednesday

Leggy display: Ahead of her final performance on Broadway's award-winning play, POTUS, the 34-year-old actress looked relaxed as she chatted away with her longtime friend, 40, on Wednesday

Leggy display:¬†Ahead of her final performance on Broadway’s award-winning play, POTUS, the 34-year-old actress looked relaxed as she chatted away with her longtime friend, 40, on Wednesday

Just friends: The duo, who have been friends for over nine years, looked cheerful as they walked down the street after exploring the park, located in the heart of Greenwich Village

Just friends: The duo, who have been friends for over nine years, looked cheerful as they walked down the street after exploring the park, located in the heart of Greenwich Village

Just friends: The duo, who have been friends for over nine years, looked cheerful as they walked down the street after exploring the park, located in the heart of Greenwich Village

Despite looking flirty with each other as they stepped out for a frozen treat at Salt & Straw,¬†a source told People, at the time,¬†that ‘there is nothing more to’ Julianne and Ben’s relationship than friendship.

‘They have been friends for eight years,’ the insider insisted.

In June,¬†Hough’s divorce from her ex-husband was finalized, nearly two years after they¬†initially split back in 2020.

They first split in May of that year, though they reconciled for a time before Hough filed for divorce in November 2020. 

Officially done: In June, Hough's divorce from her ex-husband was finalized, nearly two years after they initially split back in 2020; seen in 2019

Officially done: In June, Hough's divorce from her ex-husband was finalized, nearly two years after they initially split back in 2020; seen in 2019

Officially done: In June, Hough’s divorce from her ex-husband was finalized, nearly two years after they initially split back in 2020; seen in 2019

In February of this year, Hough filed for ‘uncontested dissolution,’ meaning that her ex-husband would not fight the petition.¬†

Hough and Laich issued a statement at the time explaining that a tentative agreement had already been worked out. 

‘The parties have entered into a written agreement regarding their property and their marriage or domestic partnership rights, including support, the original of which is being or has been submitted to the court,’ it read.¬†

They each waved their right to spousal support, meaning neither will have to make spousal payments to the other.

Engaged: Laich went Instagram official with his new lady love Katr√≠n Tanja Dav√≠√įsd√≥ttir in August of 2021

Engaged: Laich went Instagram official with his new lady love Katr√≠n Tanja Dav√≠√įsd√≥ttir in August of 2021

Engaged: Laich went Instagram official with his new lady love Katr√≠n Tanja Dav√≠√įsd√≥ttir in August of 2021

The couple started dating back in 2014 and got engaged the following year.

They married in 2017 though they did not have any children together.

Both Hough and Laich have been linked to other people since they split back in 2020.

In the last year, Hough was spotted locking lips with model Charlie Wison in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Laich went Instagram official with his new lady love Katr√≠n Tanja Dav√≠√įsd√≥ttir in August of 2021, before proposing on Valentine’s Day.