Ellen: Jennie Garth A Little Bit Country & Peter Facinelli Divorce

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Ellen: Jennie Garth & Peter Facinelli Breakup

From the soundstages of the original Beverly Hills 90210 to the reality ranch of her new CMT show, Jennie Garth is used to living life in the spotlight.

The actress turned reality personality sat down with Ellen DeGeneres to confront her tumultuous personal life. Ellen said Jennie has been open and honest about her breakup, which is an understatement given that it seems to be the thrust of her new reality show.

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Ellen: Jennie Garth & Peter Facinelli

Longtime Hollywood couple Jennie Garth & Peter Facinelli are divorcing, and she's sharing her next chapter in a CMT reality show. (Image Credit: Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com)

“It’s not something I’m dying to talk about, but it’s something that’s going on in my life, and I’m not ashamed to talk about it,” Jennie said.

She hopes that being open will help others who are going through personal struggles as well. “I’m not afraid to talk about it,” she said.

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Ellen: Jennie Garth Peter Facinelli Divorce

Jennie Garth said she was married to fellow actor Peter Facinelli for 10 or 11 years, though they were a couple for 17 years, which is an astoundingly long time.

“I think it does help people…. You don’t expect that. You think you’re in a relationship, and you think it’s going to last,” Ellen said, calling this experience relatable.

Both parents are committed to being their for their children, and being open to the next version of their family.

“At first, I wasn’t sure how I was going to make it through, but I really learned that I am so much stronger than I thought I was,” she said. “If I can help other women touch into that, their strength.”

Ellen said it’s always nice to learn something from a life experience, and though we can’t control what happens to us, but we can control how we respond to things.

Ellen: Jennie Garth Daughters

The couple’s children are ages 14, 9, and 5. Jennie revealed that her reality show was in the works before the breakup occurred, so she decided to go ahead with it since the process was already in motion and she needed to work.

“I think that plugging along, for me, just helped me get through it,” she said.

Ellen: Jennie Garth Animal Rescue

Jennie’s small farm has a collection of animals, including mini horses, goats, and dogs. She said she doesn’t even know all the animals that are living on her farm. She said that she’s always wanted a cow, and now they have some rescue cows living with them. It turned out to be a lot of work milking cows.

But the ladies agreed they were gentle and sweet. The daughters are helping out around the farm, but apparently their biggest contribution is putting the animals in costumes, which I’m not sure should be the goal of animal rescue.

Jennie said she’s had to cut herself off from rescuing any more animals. “I would just keep having babies if I could, ‘cause they’re so cute,” she said. She said that babies, human or animal, grow up and become more of a responsibility.

You can see Jennie Garth in action on her California farm in the new reality series Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country, airing Fridays on CMT. It premieres April 20 2012.

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