Jennie Garth was depressed for years before her marriage ended
Although it was announced in March that the `90210` actress and her `Twilight Saga` star husband Peter Facinelli were splitting after 11 years of marriage, Jennie has admitted the relationship was in trouble for some time.
She said: "I spent a couple of years lying in bed and being depressed. It was that `I can`t breathe` pain. Physically I didn`t look my best and mentally I didn`t feel my best. I was doing everything I could to be a good mom but that was all I could handle."
However, after spending several months at her Santa Ynez ranch in California following the split, Jennie - who has daughters Luca, 15, Lola, nine, and Fiona, six, with Peter - realised she had to start living her life again.
In an interview with People magazine, she explained: "I just looked at it like there`s no way I can hide out in the county and never work again, never love again and never laugh again.
"The past year has been a bit of a rebirth for me as a person by shedding that negative space and all the pain associated with that time."
Although she believes it was the right decision for her and Peter to break-up, Jennie does worry about how her children are handling their parents` divorce.
The 40-year-old actress said: "I end up apologising to them a lot and I say, `I`m sorry for the way things are, the way things have been. They`re not going to be the way we thought they were going to be.`
"It`s challenging on a lot of levels. Peter and I are certainly putting them first. We`re working really hard to be the best co-parents that we can be."