Jennie Garth on her ex’s new relationship: ‘there will come a time when it won’t sting’

For all you can say about Jennie Garth, she’s handled her split with her husband, Peter Facinelli, without talking smack about him at all. In interviews she’s focused on how she’s coping with being single and she hasn’t bad mouthed him for his (rumored) cheating. The subtext is clear however, and Facinelli reportedly wants her to stop talking about their divorce at all, since it makes him look bad. He did a good enough job of that on his own, and the fact that his ex wife stayed so classy about it only made him look worse.

Take her response to Facinelli going public with his girlfriend, a 28 year-old actress named Jaimie Alexander. Alexander co-starred with Facinelli in a movie two years ago, back when he was still very much married to Garth. She also was a guest star on three episodes of Facinelli’s show, “Nurse Jackie,” that aired in May of 2011. (Facinelli and Garth announced their split in March of this year.) So these two were possibly involved before Jennie knew about it, but listen to how she handles it. She’s a smart cookie.

Garth opened up to People magazine about Facinelli dating actress and his former costar Jaimie Alexander, saying, “I think there will come a time when it won’t sting so bad. But I’m not quite there yet.” Adding, “You know, I am happy that he is happy, though.”

Facinelli first met Alexander while filming “Loosies,” which came out in January, ABC News reported. The 38-year-old father of three is 10 years older than the 28-year-old “Thor” actress.

On Nov. 30, Alexander publicly confirmed she is dating Facinelli to People.

“We’ve been friends forever and had a lot of mutual friends and we reconnected in the middle of the year,” she told the magazine. “It was one of those things where I’d been single for a very long time and he was going through a lot. We sort of bonded.” Continuing, “It’s very new to me and it’s scary. But it’s also something we don’t want to give up on because I know how it makes me feel in my heart … It makes me feel really good. He’s a good guy with a great family and I couldn’t be any luckier.”

As for 40-year-old Garth, she has her own romance kindling. Garth admitted to People she’s also dating, but would not reveal who her new beau is.

[From Huffington Post]

That’s interesting that Alexander makes sure to mention when she hooked up with Facinelli, “the middle of the year.” That’s possibly true, as we heard rumors during his split that he was cheating with a Canadian woman, whom he met while he was filming Twilight in Vancouver. Alexander is American. So maybe it’s true that these two weren’t cheating, and that they “reconnected” after Facinelli had filed for divorce. Either way, he wanted out and it probably feels the same to Garth. She got cheated on and left, and she’s picking up the pieces. By framing it like that to the press, and focusing on how she’s coping, she’s getting a lot more people to side with her. It’s a better strategy than laying blame that’s for sure.

Jennie Garth is shown at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2012 in LA on 12-1-12 with her daughters, Luca Bella, 15 and Lola Ray, 10. I like her open-towed wedges! I know some of you disagree, but I would wear those. Credit: FayesVision/ Peter Facinelli is shown on 12-7-12. Credit: / Jaimie Alexander is shown on 7-19-11, credit: Juan Rico/Fame Pictures

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  1. Buckwild says:

    Middle aged guy, leaves his middle-aged wife and 2 younger children, starts dating younger 20-something/30-something. A tale as old as Time… Makes me sad.

    • Ann says:

      38 is middle aged? Really?

    • Liv says:

      Yup. I really understand when people who are constantly fighting get a divorce. But these two seemed fine. I think it was because of a midlife-crisis and that’s a shame. I read somewhere that a counselor said 80% of marriages could be saved if the people would be interested in working on it. I think Facinelli wasn’t.

  2. serena says:

    He’s really a piece of crap.

  3. HadleyB says:

    I think she needs to now stop talking about her divorce / marriage. It will take her a long long time to get over it no matter who she dates or says she’s over it.

    She’s not over it, she’s getting through it .. doing everything we all do in a breakup — you get so sick in your stomach you cant eat, loose weight, work out like a mad woman, get new clothes, new hair, new men … but it still hurts and will for a long time.

    I feel bad for her first real relationship after her husband ( not casual dates) — its hardly ever good when you don’t trust men for awhile!

    I predict some plastic surgery in her future — especially since her ex’s newbie is so young.

    • Sal says:

      Lol How come no one ever told Aniston to ‘stop talking about it now’? How come people like Aniston are allowed to milk it 5 ways to Christmas for 8 years, even though Brad didn’t cheat on her, but everyone lets her talk nonstop without saying anything. But every female celeb who was actually cheated on is supposed to ‘need to now stop talking about her marriage and divorce’. Double standards. Just saying.

      • NerdMomma says:

        Hmmm many of us have been saying that Aniston needs to stop talking about it for about 8 years. I mean, I have heard a LOT of people mention that she needs to stop talking about it.

      • Lauren says:

        The thing is I never got the impression that Aniston was milking it. The media liked to act like she was pathetic and restless without Brad. Also no one knows for a fact that Brad did not cheat on her. Perhaps not physically but emotionally is more likely and can hurt just as much. But yes it has been 8 years and the media is the one to blame for keeping it at a constant game of go. Making it out like Jen can’t move on and that Angie is out to up her by having lots of kids. Jen shouldn’t get the amount of hostility she receives nor should Angie but the media plays off of rapid fans and those who are unable to process that every single human being is grey. There is no concrete bad guy nor is there someone completely good. The fans are the ones that need to let things go.

        As for Jenine she can talk about her failed marriage for however long she likes. I never understood why it is something to be attacked when the woman scorned voices an opinion. For all the people on this site in particular quick to berate others for slut shaming there are very few to come to the defense of women who have been hurt by the affairs of their husbands and the husbands side piece. It is typical blaming of the wrong person and diffusion of responsibilty on behalf of the guilty parties. Great examples of this are accusing Liberty Ross of being an attention seeker while acting like Kristen Stewart was young and therefore has no role in hurting a relationship with two children (the real victims) involved.

      • Ann says:

        Lauren, I agree with you. Sadly, however, many women seem to blame a woman for what went wrong in a marriage. They blame the wife (“she must have been lacking”) or the other woman (“the temptress”). How about blaming the cheating husband? In the Ross/Stewart example you cited, why isn’t Rupert Sanders dragged into the mix? HE is the one who broke his vows. HE is the one who had the responsibility to protect his children.

        With Jennie and Peter, who knows? There are rumors of cheating, but if noone has offered any proof, is that fair? Is it just assumed since they broke up, he must have been cheating? The fact is that fans know very little of what really happened in most cases, yet are quick to judge and assume.

      • Rhiannon says:

        Do we really need to bring the unholy trinity into this? I mean really?

      • KAI says:

        I agree with Lauren as well. It always appeared to me that the press was milking the Aniston/Pitt/Jolie situation much more than any of the three parties involved.

        Liberty Ross was suddenly getting photographed by tabloids because she was suddenly tabloid-worthy as the betrayed wife in a cheating scandal. It was really shocking when she was accused of being a famewhore for having the nerve to go out to events and try to put her pain behind her and for wearing the same boots more than once.

        As for Garth, she has talked about how she felt and how she feels about her husband ending a marriage she did not wish to end. I have not read anything where she has bashed her ex.

  4. Bird says:

    Oh my god, his OUTFiT!! What a douche.

    • Aubra says:

      LMAO And he’s giving me Zoolander in that picture!

    • Chatcat says:

      I’m thinking that it won’t be long until she is grateful that he is gone. What a loser…not only his looks but obviously his attitude and the fact that he is lousy husband material. I hope for the kids sake he is a least a bit decent at parenting, he doesn’t have anything else going for him.

    • Pandy says:

      What was he ever in before Twilight? She was the household name, not him. And total Blue Steel – douche is right.

  5. JustaGirl says:

    I feel for her. It can’t be an easy thing to go through. :( I hope she finds happiness soon.

    I recognize Jaime Alexander from Kyle XY. I loved that show.

  6. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    PF rocks the corduroy :)

  7. Jackie says:

    I don’t get why people give him a hard time. Just because he doesn’t talk about his divorce, it doesn’t make him a douche. He “allegedly” cheated but we don’t know for sure, and he’s been shown in public with one woman since his divorce, how many times has Jenni been shown on dates with different guys? I don’t want to bash her because I’m sure she’s genuinely hurt by the divorce, as they share children but let’s not make him the bad guy either.

    • Ann says:

      Have we seen any receipts that he cheated? Or just rumors?

      Divorce is sad, especially when kids are involved. Whatever happened between Peter and Jennie, I’m glad to see neither has bad mouthed the other in public, and have tried to be civil for the kids sake. And that they are both actively involved with their kids.

  8. Veruca says:

    There will never be a time that I will look at his face and not think,

    “I can kick everyone’s ass in this room!”

  9. Hakura says:

    I haven’t been keeping up with this relationship, but at least I can say this: “Way to keep your head held high, Jennie. You’re being a classy lady, & are doing right by your children by considering their feelings before making statements.”

    I can’t say anything about him, as I don’t really know what happened. It’s just always sad to see a family with children split up. I hope *they* are doing well. At least they have parents that (at least appear, in his case) to be mature adults in some regard.

  10. lolwut says:

    Twilight is an absolutely horrible series. I see it with friends for laughs, though, and I’ve seen all the movies.

    By the time an interview with this guy- her ex husband- came out about a year ago, I had NO idea who he was. I’d seen all the movies but couldn’t place his face. But I could just tell by his smug face and the things he said in his interview that he was a total douche who was taking advantage of being in a popular franchise, enjoying the attention in the worst way, and cheating on his wife. Guess my assumptions were true.

  11. KellyinSeattle says:

    And she may never get totally over it. I know I’ve bee divorced for 13 years and I will always have a small hollow spot around the holidays, for our child, even though I’ve moved on. That’s just me. I think Jennie is a very sensitive woman and I wish her the best, and her children as well.

  12. Izzy says:

    Jaimie Alexander better keep a close eye on Facinelli. Many cheaters tend to repeat the behavior.

  13. Kosmos says:

    I like Jennie, she seems very cool and doesn’t go off on things…she has a nice smile and I think it’s her ex that is the loser here.

  14. Jub-Jub says:

    He looks like such a douche.