Peter Facinelli filed for divorce from his wife Jennie Garth citing irreconcilable differences. The couple has been married for 11 years and have been separated since January 1, 2012. The couple had tried therapy, but their marriage continued to unravel. Jennie Garth says she wishes Peter Facinelli “had wanted to try harder, try again, try something else.”
They have three daughters together, Luca, 14-years old, Lola, 9-years old, and Fiona, 5-years old. In the divorce court papers, filed in Los Angeles on Wedesnday, Peter Facinelli, 38-years old, requested to have joint physical and legal custody of the children.
Jennie Garth, 40-years old next week, told People magazine that she didn’t want a divorce from Peter Facinelli, “I was very resistant. I didn’t want it to happen. It took me some time to come to peace with it. I’ve gone through my darkest parts and I’m coming out of it. I’m OK. I don’t know what the future holds, but then I’ve never been a planner. And maybe that’s a good thing.”
Jennie Garth admitted that her soon-to-be-ex-husband’s career realities were tough to handle, like watching Peter Facinelli be intimate with other actresses onscreen. She says, “There was jealousy over having to see your husband on screen with another woman. It wasn’t always easy.” She added, “He would do everything he could to fly back every weekend, but it took a real toll on our marriage.”
Jennifer Facinelli (Garth) told People magazine that their marriage problems led her to have depression, “I would take the girls to school, then go back and get into bed and not get up again until it was time to pick them up from school. I had to pretend everything was fine.”
She is now focusing on building her life as a new single mom saying, “I can’t change it. I can’t be sad and stay in bed about it anymore. I have to move forward. I’m slowing finding my own voice again. There are days when it seems I got it all figured out and days when I lose sight. I just have to keep on my path.”
Jennie Garth wants to have her name legally changed from Jennifer Facinelli back to Jennifer Garth after the divorce.