Actress Jennie Garth, best known for her portrayal of Kelly Taylor on “Beverly Hills, 90210“, is finding herself in an awkward position nowadays; her very public divorce from Peter Facinelli coincided with the beginning of her new CMT reality show project, Little Bit Country, and it seems her personal life is all anyone wants to talk about.
“…It happened in the middle of filming the show. Now, part of my job … is doing press so I’m doing the interviews and people want to talk about it. I’m OK talking about [my divorce], but it’s not something you really want to talk about,” she says.
In recent interviews, Garth has defended the reasons for the split after rumors began flying that she was envious of Facinelli’s “Twilight” success.
“I enjoyed the quote that I was envious of his fame,” she said. “There was nothing like that going on. I was very happy for him – so happy to be at home with the kids and enjoying my early retirement. I just wanted to be on the farm.”
But the family’s move to that farm–two hours away from L.A.–may have taken a toll on the relationship, she said.
“He was away working, so were up there hiding out, waiting for him to finish his films….it was difficult for him to travel back and forth from Vancouver, New York, Louisiana, and then drive two hours from L.A. to where we are,” she says. “It had gotten really… very difficult for him to do that, so that was an added strain.”
For now, Garth is focusing on her three daughters, her responsibilities on the farm, and her new show, which airs on CMT.