Jennie Garth on weight loss post split: ‘your body changes with your emotions’


Jennie Garth, 40, has been open about the pain that she’s gone through in the wake of her split from her husband of 11 years, Peter Facinelli. She’s remained gracious about it, and never addressed rumors that Peter’s cheating hastened the end of their marriage. (The couple claimed in a joint statement that there was no third party involved in their split.) Now that she’s single she’s dating again, and she sounds a little cautious about it.

Jennie was on Fox and Friends yesterday on a press tour for her new partnership with Crest. (Her reality show on CMT, “Jennie Garth: a Little Bit Country” had its finale in June. Jenny also has some new Old Navy ads with her old 90210 costars, Luke Perry and Jason Priestly.) The hosts asked Jennie about dating post-divorce. She remained very classy about everything, and didn’t go into details.

On dating
“I always said I would rather lick a dirty floor than go back to dating. [Dating] is very new for me. I have training wheels on right now, because I was married [for so long]. That’s my whole adult life, basically. I think I’m actually going back into adult adolescence. I’m having a moment.”

“[I've] met a few people of the opposite sex. They come into it knowing who I am or my history. I know nothing about them, so I have a weird disadvantage.”

[via OK! Magazine]

We’ve heard that Jennie had some dates with HGTV’s Antonio Ballatore, but I bet that things cooled down between them. She says she’s got “training wheels” on, which seems to mean that she’s taking her time and learning as she goes along. Which is what she should do, she’s got three kids and just got out of a 17 year relationship.

People are talking about how thin Jennie is now. She didn’t look that tiny to me in photos, but in the videos of her interview on Fox (those are below.) she looks very small. A lot of women lose weight fast when they’re going through a divorce. Jennie did another interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada in which she addressed her weight loss.

On losing weight post-divorce
I’ve been certainly going through a transitional time in my life. And I think anybody who has been through something like what I’m going through and have been going through for the past couple years, can definitely relate that your body changes with your emotional state of mind sometimes. I think a lot of women can relate to that.”

[From ET Canada]

It’s true that there’s nothing like a breakup to help you lose weight. Which sucks, really. It’s like getting sick and losing weight – you’re glad you lost it, but it was hard to go through all that.

Here are videos of the first and second part of Jennie’s interview on Fox and Friends. She seemed a little nervous, and it looks like she’s had Botox recently. She doesn’t look bad or anything, just a little frozen. These Fox hosts are so annoying! It’s like they’re morning radio hosts with the amount of inane banter they have going on.



Jennie in March:

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  1. I.want.shoes says:

    She doesn’t look tiny to me, but definitely smaller. I think her body looks great! The weight loss did age her in the face though…

  2. the original bellaluna says:

    It’s totally normal. I lost at least 25 lbs when I divorced my ex. The thought of food made me physically ill. Too many worries and SOOOO MUCH STRESS.

    • Chatcat says:

      Ah yes, the divorce diet.

      And I am with her. I don’t know what I’d do if I had to jump back in the dating pool. I would need swimmies for sure!

      I wish her luck and to meet some man who will see her for the lovely lady she seems to be…outside and inside.

      • janam says:

        She does seem super sweet, and she has always been beautiful! Unfortunately such extreme weight loss has aged her….a little fat is good for the face.

    • Genevieve says:

      Ditto. I went from a size 8 to a 2 when I got divorced. I always say I lost 225 nasty lbs. after my divorce, 200 of it being my ex. Also applies to ex bf’s and financial problems.

      I think JG looks GREAT, but for those worried about her weight plummet, she’ll eventually level out. Bella’s right…trauma can induce some pretty nasty extremes.

      I just LOVE that Jenny is behaving like a lady about her divorce. Good on her! :)

  3. Koko says:

    I prefer her before, she looks ill to me now. But I guess it’s all the stress of what she has been going through.

  4. Hmm says:

    She looks 7-8 years older with the weightloss.

  5. SleepyJane says:

    She’s definitely been going through it. Did anyone see her on Jay Leno a couple of months ago? She was definitely out of it, and her daughter was in the audience. Sad.

  6. TheOriginalKitten says:

    She does look a little older with the weight loss but she still has a really pretty look to me.

    I really like her, wish she didn’t get sucked into the reality TV sh*t, though. She seems much too classy for that garbage.

    Anyway, I wish her luck-I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to get back to dating after almost 20 years!

  7. Holl says:

    her weight loss has aged her face but her body looks great. Maybe if she wasn’t so tan it wouldnt be so noticeable. Who knows. She seems nice so I wish her well.

  8. Sloane Wyatt says:

    The Divorce Diet does it every time; the weight melts off! I hope Jenny goes for walks ten times a day to deal with the grief and stress and doesn’t let herself lean too hard on other divorce staples like drinking and carousing. I do hope she waits to get herself together before responsibly enjoying “a good time”. Jenny will be stronger for it.

  9. Little Darling says:

    Ugh, after eloping when I was in college and finally getting free when I was in my early 30′s, I can truly say that my dating experience was similar to that of a teenager when I became single. It was the scariest thing in the world, especially since so much had apparently changed. Dating in your 30′s is entirely different, and I often told people it was very much like my experience was that of a teenager, halted when I met my ex. Having two kids it also was so much more high risk, no longer carefree as it might have been in my 20′s. I didn’t experience anything as others did through my 20′s, so to come out and find out that no one had pubes anymore was like, the most jarring thing.

    I too also dropped a Tom of weight…stress and pressure got the best of me.

    She’s going to be okay though, I’m sure of it.

  10. serena says:

    I really like Jennie and wish her the best. Someone get her to work to some amazing projects, she deserves it!

    Also, there will be two big cheater on the next red carpet for Breaking Dawn 2. LOL

  11. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    She’d look better with longer hair – that Ashlee Simpson style is not a good cut. Also John Stamos is single, don’t know a thing about his personality, but Jennie and him would sure look good together.

    • serena says:

      I agree, she’s -more- stunning with long wavy hair.

      Anyway after something big happens, it’s almost natural to cut your hair (and change your body shape).

  12. Mar says:

    I think she tried to hold on as long as she could- buy he was long gone a while ago. It sucks that for years he was an actor with mediocre parts, and as soon as he became very famous- he probably got cocky and started cheating. I do feel for her, but she will survive.

  13. bagladey says:

    The weight loss has aged her face a lot. I didn’t recognise her.

  14. Choupette says:

    Why not let yourself heal? Why the need to date so quickly?

  15. Stacie says:

    Not trying to sound MEAN or anything but I really hope Jennie DOES NOT become another Demi Moore. Super thin and obsessing over her ex.

  16. thetruthhurts says:

    Oh please. She is 5’5 and she looks great. This is a perfect weight for her. It looks like more because her hair is pulled back and we see her neck.

  17. Amanda G says:

    She could probably gain a few pounds back, but I think she looks great! She has aged very well compared to the other 90210ers. I don’t understand the dating so soon. It seems like she still has too much pain for that. She posts tones of pics on Twitter and a small part of me wonders if she’s doing that because Peter still follows her…

  18. mandolinera says:

    i love the old navy commercials with the original 90210 people! ah….sweet nostalgia!

  19. lolas says:

    I feel for her, when my relationship I didn’t eat a thing for three days, and even then had to force myself to eat something, anything, when sitting upright made me lightheaded. The weight melted off due to anxiety + maybe eating a piece of bread per day, but it was a hollow victory considering all I really wanted to do at the time was lie in a coma.

    • DreamyK says:

      With my divorce, I dropped 30lbs very quickly and my hair started falling out like crazy. Fortunately, I have very thick hair so it wasn’t terribly noticeable. Divorce stress is intense. I can totally relate to what Jennie says and I think it’s awesome she’s keeping it real.

  20. holly hobby says:

    She looks harsh. It’s maybe a combination of the hairstyle, too much sun and the weight loss. She looked better when she was on DWTS.

    I think short hair is not for her. She looks older than 40.

  21. birdgherl says:

    I think she looks amazing!!

  22. MJ says:

    Divorce diet – been there, done that. lost 20 lbs in 2 months. Not a good look. The stress and emotional trauma is what ages you i think. Eventually it evens out and you get your wits about you.

    She looks wonderful. Good riddance to the douche Jenny. Sad that some men throw away everything that is REAL and lovely for their fragile aging egos. You deserve better. And you’ve taken the high road. You will be blessed.

  23. Brat says:

    Weight loss is showing her age

  24. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    So true about the ‘frozen face’ in the Fox interview. I actually think she looks amazing (& I’ve never been a fan) but just watching the interview I noticed for the first time that botox also makes people look like they are on drugs or something. The frozen face thing also makes people look out of it.

    And is it just me or is the female anchor on Fox wearing a dress that is way to vavavoom? What’s up with her rack? She’s an anchor for cryin out loud!

  25. Angela says:

    It’s so unfortunate that weight loss has aged her face so much. Is it me or does she seem slightly off in this interview almost as if she’s on something. I hope not!