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Jennie Garth, Peter Facinelli to divorce after 11 years

March 13, 2012 |  1:45 pm

Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth are getting divorced

Peter Facinelli plays vampire Carlisle Cullen in "The Twilight Saga," but sadly his marriage to "90210" actress Jennie Garth isn't similarly immortal.

The star couple announced Tuesday that their 11-year marriage has ended.

"While we have decided to end our marriage, we both share the same deep love and devotion to our children," Facinelli and Garth told Us Weekly. "We remain dedicated to raising our beautiful daughters together. We ask for privacy and respect during this time."

They share three girls: Luca, 14, Lola, 9, and 5-year-old Fiona. The news comes on the heels of Facinelli's Monday appearance on "The Hunger Games" red carpet with his eldest.

Facinelli will enjoy an anonymous summer before promoting the final "Twilight" installment, "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2." Garth is committed to a charitable outreach for children's literacy, a book reading with Cheerio's Spoonful of Stories, slated for mid-March. 

While the news may come as a surprise to some, reports as early as last July had the pair on the rocks, living apart and trying to work out their differences. What do you think of Peter and Jennie's split? Tell us in comments. 

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-- Matt Donnelly
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Photo: Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth arrive at the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" in Los Angeles. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

 

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