Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli split just before CMT reality show debut
By Reality TV World staff, 03/14/2012
Jennie Garth's decision to move to rural California and open her family's life up to reality TV cameras apparently ended up taking a surprise turn.
Garth and Peter Facinelli, her husband of eleven years, have announced they are separating and ending their marriage.
"While we have decided to end our marriage, we both share the same deep love and devotion to our children. We remain dedicated to raising our beautiful daughters together. We ask for privacy and respect during this time," the actors toldPeople in a joint statement issued Tuesday.
Garth and Facinelli reportedly have three daughters together: Luca, age 14, Lola, age 9, and Fiona, age 5.
Garth, 38, is best known for her role Beverly Hills, 90210 and also competed on Dancing with the Stars' fifth season with Derek Hough in 2007, finishing in fourth place. Facinelli, 39, plays Carlisle Cullen in the Twilight film franchise and also co-stars on Showtime's Nurse Jackie.
In December, CMT announced Garth and her family would star in I Love Jennie, a new eight-episode reality series that would follow Garth, Facinelli and their daughters as they left Los Angeles and moved to a seven-acre farm in Central California in search of "a simpler life."
Earlier this month, CMT announced that the half-hour reality series -- now called Jennie Garth: Little Bit Country -- would premiere on Friday, April 20 along with Melissa & Tye, a reality series which will follow former The Bachelor bachelorette and Dancing with the Stars participant Melissa Rycroft and her husband Tye Strickland as Rycroft moves from Texas to Los Angeles to pursue her Hollywood dreams.
"It's a move that will either give [Garth] the all-American lifestyle she has always dreamed of, or turn her family's world completely upside down," the network stated in a press release announcing Jennie Garth's premiere.