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Jennie Garth Barely Holds Back Tears In Emotional First Interview Post-Split: 'I Had No Idea'

Tue, March 20, 2012 1:46pm EDT by HL Intern 19 Comments
Jennie Garth Divorce

When the ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ star signed on for a reality show about her family, she never imagined her husband wouldn’t be a part of it!

When Jennie Garth dropped by Access Hollywood Live on March 20 to promote her new reality show — her first public appearance since she and husband Peter Facinelli announced their split March 13 — the conversation inevitably turned to her divorce. Though she’s trying to stay strong for the sake of her children, the actress and outspoken advocate for children’s literacy could barely hold it together while discussing the end of her 11-year union.

“I had no idea it was going to take this turn,” she said of her soon-to-be-dissolved marriage.

Fortunately for Jennie, working on Jennie Garth: Little Bit Country, which follows her and her three daughters — Luca, 14, Lola, 9, and Fiona, 5 — as they trade the hustle and bustle of L.A. for a quiet farm in Santa Ynez Valley, Calif., has been therapeutic for her.

“My personal life is kind of crazy,” she admitted. “Some things in my life have been transitioning. This is what I need and what the girls need right now. I need that sort of shelter. It’s perfect.”

When host Billy Bush asked how she was coping with the split, Jennie got all choked up. There was no mistaking the pain in her eyes as she answered, “We’re doing great, thank you. Everything’s OK.”

During the interview, Jennie made it clear Twilight star Peter was not involved in filming the reality series. However, when asked whether her personal life plays into the show, she said, “I will say yes, but I hope that people will tune in and find out.”

No wonder Jennie is having such a hard time talking about her divorce — she’s obviously still coming to terms with the end her marriage! Could it be she didn’t even see it coming?

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers?

— Josh Rosenblatt

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