When Peter Facinelli told Jennie Garth last fall that he wanted a divorce, she at first refused to give in.
“I was very resistant,” she tells PEOPLE in an exclusive new interview. “I didn’t want it to happen. It took me some time to come to peace with it.”
The couple, who wed in 2001, always had what looked like a storybook marriage. Parents to daughters Luca, 14, Lola, 9 and Fiona, 5, they dubbed themselves the Facinelli Five and reveled in family traditions that included camping in an RV, family movie nights and bingo tournaments.
But over the past two years, as Facinelli’s career was taking off (he plays Dr. Carlisle Cullen in the Twilight series and is a regular on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie), the couple began spending more time apart.
In 2010, Garth, 39, and their daughters moved to the family’s Santa Ynez Valley, Calif., ranch house, while Facinelli, 38, commuted from Vancouver and New York City.
“He would do everything he could to fly back every weekend,” says Garth. “[But] it took a real toll on our marriage.”
Since then, “I’ve gone through my darkest parts and I’m coming out of it,” says Garth, whose new CMT reality show, Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country, premieres on April 20. “I’m okay. I don’t know what the future holds, but then I’ve never been a planner. And maybe that’s a good thing.”
For more on Jennie Garth’s life as a single mother, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
Christian Serratos, who plays Bella’s friend Angela, and Jennie Garth (Peter Facinelli’s wife) posed for the ‘Save The Seals’ Campaign by PETA. Here is a little bit of info on the campaign:
“Each year, the Canadian government allows sealers to beat and skin hundreds of thousands of seals. Baby seals, some merely weeks old, have their skulls smashed in or are shot for their fur. Many of these gentle animals may not even have eaten their first solid meals or taken their first swim before they are slaughtered.
PETA and compassionate people worldwide—including countless Canadian citizens and a long list of celebrities, such as Sarah McLachlan, and professional athletes—are calling for a permanent end to this cruel and needless massacre.”
To find out more, and to see all the celebs who are supporting this campaign visit the website HERE!
Earlier today news/gossip broke that Peter Facinelli’s wife, Jennie Garth, allegedly told the media that Robert Pattinson is dating either Nikki Reed or Kristen Stewart. We didn’t post this because we KNOW that someone like Jennie - who has been in the public eye for so long knows a thing or two about privacy and would not have let such a big thing slip so nonchalantly.
Anyways, thankfully Peter took to his Twitter and cleared it all up for us (above). Again, it was complete media fabrication – to sell papers. Not cool. I know I would hate be be quoted on something I didn’t even say.