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Jennie Garth dropped the “dead weight” in her life

Jennie Garth is emerging from a tough year as a new — and lighter — woman. The actress talks to People about her divorce and 30-pound weight loss.

Jennie Garth talks divorce

Think Jennie Garth is still wallowing in sadness over her split from Twilight star Peter Facinelli? Think again: The former Beverly Hills 90210 star says she’s doing better than ever.

“[2012] 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,” she tells People in a new cover story.

Garth adds that she’s put her focus on “taking better care of myself.” The result of that new direction is a loss of “30 pounds of dead weight” and a resurgence in her acting career.

The 40-year-old blonde split from Facinelli in March after 11 years of marriage and three daughters. Both sides are adamant that cheating wasn’t the cause of the split. Instead, Garth claimed it was Facinelli’s bicoastal career that ruined their marriage

“He would do everything he could to fly back every weekend,” Garth said in March of his work that took him to NYC and Vancouver every week. “[But] it took a real toll on our marriage.”

It seems like they’re still getting along, though.

“It’s very painful to break up with somebody,” Facinelli told Kelly Ripa in April. “It’s even more painful when it’s played out in the media.”

“We’re very dedicated to being great parents,” he added.

So, everything’s just picture perfect? Yes, according to Garth — though it seems like the “dead weight” she refers to in the interview is a jab at her ex.

“It definitely feels like a great time in my life,” Garth adds to People. “Even through the ups and downs, I’m happy. I’m thankful to be alive.”

Good for her! We’re still hoping for a Luke Perry hookup, though.

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