Did Jennie Garth's Jealousy Over Peter Facinelli's 'Twilight' Fame Tear Them Apart?

Tue, March 13, 2012 5:37pm EST by 41 Comments
Jennie Garth Divorce

A source tells HollywoodLife.com the reason behind Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli’s decision to divorce after their 11 year marriage and what will happen to their three young daughters

Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth‘s marriage has been rocky for nearly a year, so their decision to finally divorce didn’t come as a shock to their family and friends. However, HollywoodLife.com can tell you exclusively what drove them apart — and it wasn’t an outside affair or money. It was Peter’s career.

“Jennie is jealous of Peter’s career and all the opportunities he got, thanks to Twilight,” a source close to the couple tells us. “He is the breadwinner now, but she used to be a bigger deal.”

The insider says Jennie, 39, and Peter, 38, tried to rekindle their relationship over Halloween, but it didn’t work.

“Peter keeps getting offers and is getting more and more successful, which bothered Jennie,” the source says, explaining, “She started to have to stay home more often or join him on his adventures, but would get in the way.”

Plus, Jennie really wanted to work with Peter again (they met while working on the TV film An Unfinished Affair), but he wasn’t having it.

“He felt like she was riding on his coat tails,” our insider says. “And they were already having problems, so it didn’t seem like a good idea to him.”

In fact, Peter expressed those exact sentiments during our interview with him in the fall, when he was promoting Wonka Sugar.

“I wrote a TV movie that my wife starred in last Valentine’s day; we thought about doing it together but I like to keep it separate because as actors you have to suspend belief,” he said, when we asked him about working with Jennie again on screen.

“For people to buy these characters I was worried that is me and my wife starred in that together, the audience wouldn’t see the characters — they would see me and Jennie. I didn’t want to disturb the roles or characters I wrote, so I chose not to be. I think when people know you outside of that film and know you as a couple its harder for people to buy into the characters. For me, I leave the briefcase at the door.”

Even though Jennie and Peter no longer get along, they don’t want their failed relationship to get in the way of their parenting to their three daughters, Luca, Lola and Fiona.

“Peter wants to have joint custody,” our source says. “He’s a great father, but wants his daughters to have their mom in their life too.”

We’re sad to hear about Jennie and Peter’s decision to divorce, but so relieved they’re not going to get ensnared in an ugly custody battle, ala Camille and Kelsey Grammer.

What do you think about their relationship? Is it too hard for two people with the same profession to be together? Sound off below!

Reporting by Russ Weakland

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David Silver

Posted at 10:20 AM on December 5, 2013  

That’s Balogna!…..The mariiage did’nt work due to the fact Peter is bi-sexual……he likes his bread buttered on both sides…..known fact around Hollywood!

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Posted at 8:11 PM on April 20, 2013  

I think that it was the Jamie Alexander and Kristen Stewart that broke up his marriage. I don’t even think that Jennie even knew she was divorce until the end of her reality show a little bit of country.

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Posted at 9:20 PM on December 9, 2012  

he’d dating his costar from a 2011 film thats why they divorced

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Posted at 10:18 PM on May 25, 2012  

Jenny is to good for him she can do way better.

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Posted at 3:36 PM on May 14, 2012  

No, i don’t think it’s too hard for two people in the same profession to stay together. Tom Selleck did it. He’s been married to his wife for over 25 years or so, and he retired from acting in the 80’s (after his daughter was born) for a while to concentrate on his family, so no! it’s not too hard to do. It can be done if your committed. Also, Tom Hanks has been married to his wife for over 25 years or so, and also Kevin Bacon has been married to his actress wife for over 25 years as well, so no again! it’s not too hard.

And oh, love! are you kidding about you being happy they are not together anymore? What does him being so handsome have anything to do with their divorce? This article is about if two people with the same profession making marriage work. I don’t think Jennie was jealous of Peter’s career. She just wanted more time with Peter and her family, and there’s nothing wrong with that. That’s why Tom Selleck ditched his career for a while because his wife and family were more important that his acting career.

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Posted at 11:19 AM on May 13, 2012  

Though we are not actors. My husband & I are in the same profession. Working for competitive companies
We met at the 1st company & have been together 15 years
Bottomline: home is home & work is work, if u keep it seperate all is great

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Posted at 10:47 PM on May 12, 2012  

I think that it does not matter who earns more than who.. If you love eachother and the children are well cared for and loved, that is what counts.. Jeolousy is the green eyed monster. ha!!! Ruins a good thing everytime… life is too short to let the darkness in…

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Jean Yale

Posted at 3:28 PM on May 12, 2012  

No, I don’t think it’s too hard when two people are in the same profession to be together…when you commit to marriage you commit…nothing should be getting in the way of that…they are both to blame for the split.

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