Ooof, my heart hurts for Jennie Garth today. Our girl Kelly Taylor admits she is hurting, y'all! Ex-husband Peter Facinelli is officially back out there, dating Nurse Jackie co-star Jaimie Alexander. And the mother of his children has had to take questions from the media on how she feels about it all.
Any guesses what she had to say about this new woman in Peter's life?
I think there will come a time when it won't sting so bad. But I'm not quite there yet ... You know, I am happy that he is happy, though.
Well, gee, you mean it's hard to see someone move on after a decade of marriage? Duuuuuuh!
How did people think Jennie would react to her ex-husband dating? The father of her children is dating another woman. That's a tough thing to stomach.
Although well-meaning friends will warn you that you can't be "stuck" on someone, people need to realize that sting Jennie is talking about is less a sign that you aren't progressing after divorce and more a symbol of shared history. I don't care how hard you've worked to build a new life after a marriage disintegrates; for some people that sting may never completely go away.
Marriage is complicated. Divorce is even more complicated. But the fact is, when you're tied to one another for even a short time in matrimony, you form memories together. Being separated from that person, seeing them build new memories with another person, it's hard not to revisit the good times in your head.
Heck, this isn't only true of former spouses. We do that with old friends who come into our lives from time to time -- there's nothing sadder than running into an old friend from high school and remembering the person you were when you were pals. What's hardest is realizing that person, that version of you, is gone.
My heart goes out to Jennie right now, especially as she faces the first holiday season post-separation.
Anyone have any tips for dealing with watching your ex start dating again? Have you felt the same sting Jennie is talking about?
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