AceShowbiz - Actress Jennie Garth and her husband's 10-month separation saved their marriage.
The "Beverly Hills, 90210" star and Dave Abrams split in 2017 and he filed for divorce in 2018, before they reconciled, and now Jennie insists the time apart brought them closer together.
"We both had separate learning to do, and then coming back and sharing that growth was kind of the fibre that connected us back together," the actress tells People.
"We definitely had to part ways completely. We needed that time to grow."
Garth admits she and Dave should have spent more time getting to know each other before meeting on a blind date in 2014 and racing to wed.
"We rushed it too much, and we had individual things we needed to work out," she adds. "Maybe it was a mistake and we've all had to learn and grow from that."
"When everything wasn't shiny and pretty and fun - like it had been initially, when things got challenging, he didn't know how to handle it as much."
Jennie had no idea her husband had filed for divorce until she read about it online, and admits it was so dramatic, when she and her "Beverly Hills, 90210" castmates were dreaming up story lines for their new show, "BH90210", she knew there would have to be a marriage split shocker.
"I found out that he filed for divorce from TMZ," says Garth. "That was a big deal for me. So we used it in the show, because why not use the things that hurt us most and then take the power out of them and make them funny."
"The possibility of a third divorce really devastated me. I was in a really bad mindset for a good five or six months. It was just embarrassing. And it made the accepting of it so much harder. But when I finally did accept, like, we're breaking up, I had to tell myself, Dave is not an option. Because I kept wanting it. And then, just when I felt whole again, we started hanging out."