The "facts of life" are that sometimes even the most religious couples get divorced. Actress Lisa Whelchel and Steve Cauble, her husband of 24 years, secretly got divorced in March, the Survivor: Philippines contestant explains. "The divorce was final on March 1, and [I] went out to be on Survivor on March 10," Whelchel, 49, tells People. "Going out to Survivor was helpful for me, to divert my attention and not just dwell on the loss." Whelchel and Cauble, 61, have three grown children and worked in evangelical Christian ministry together the entire time they were married. "I just never thought it would happen to me," she says. "It was painful to realize that it wasn't going to work out."