Jennie Garth: Farm Animals Helped Me Cope with Divorce

04/24/2012 at 07:30 AM EDT

Jennie Garth Divorce: Farm Animals Fill Void
Jennie Garth and her daughter, Lola.
Letting go after she found out her husband Peter Facinelli wanted a divorce was tough for Jennie Garth, but the actress says her menagerie of farm animals – which includes four dogs, two goats, five cats, two miniature horses and a pig – have helped get her to a happier place.

"Having all these animals fills a void for me because I'm kind of going through a rough time right now," she said on the premiere of her new CMT show, Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country. "The animals give you unconditional love, and that feels good."

The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star, whose new show focuses on her quiet life at the Los Olivos, Calif., farm she shares with her three young daughters, said that the love she gets from her animals feels pure.

"I think that my animals give me a sense of like relief, like they make me feel like none of that other bull– matters," Garth told her assistant Corinne. "When you look into their eyes, and they look back at you, and they don't want anything, they just want love. Whether I'm successful or not successful, whether I'm fat or thin, if I'm nice or if I'm not nice, they still love me."

The slow pace of Garth's country lifestyle is just what she needed to nurse the wounds of her break-up. "[Peter]'s doing his thing and I'm doing mine," she said. "I chose to come up here and be with the quieter lifestyle, and that's why I'm here. Getting separated has definitely been difficult, but being out here in the country has sort of made things a little easier."

Garth's sprawling ranch definitely has its fair share of distractions – like when assistant Corinne was forced to suck milk from a cow after losing a bet.

"Someone lost a bet – suck it Corinne," Garth said as she watched her horrified assistant nurse the livestock animal's udder.

"The udder tasted like warm sour cream," Corinne said. "This is the worst thing that's ever happened to me."

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