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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