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They haven't been Brenda and Kelly for a couple years now, but Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth still share a unique bond. In a new interview, Doherty says her heart goes out to her former Beverly Hills 90210 costar, who is in the middle of a painful divorce from husband Peter Facinelli.
"I think that for somebody like Jennie who values family so much, this is incredibly hard for her," Doherty, 40, tells People. "I feel for her and, more importantly, I feel for her kids. There are children involved (and) children have access to the Internet and everything that somebody may write."
Garth concurs. In an interview on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday, she called her divorce from Facinelli "unfortunate" and added: "It happens to the best of us. It's something that has been really tough, for sure."
Garth's pal Doherty knows what it's like to go through a difficult breakup in the public eye as well. At the height of her fame, she split from fiance Dean Factor, amid allegations of harassment and abuse on both sides. Doherty later married George Hamilton's son Ashley Hamilton, but they divorced after less than a year; her next marriage, to Paris Hilton's ex-boyfriend Rick Saloman, was annulled after seven months.
Now Shannen is happily married to photographer Kurt Iswarienko, and has documented the months leading up to their wedding on her new WE show, Shannen Says. (Watch the preview below.) She admits that she was inspired by her former castmate Tori Spelling's reality show success, and she's also enthusiastic about Garth's new show, Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country (in which Garth and her three daughters -- Luca, 14, Lola, 9, and Fiona, 5 -- relocate to a farm outside of L.A.)
"I happen to watch Tori's show and I think it's incredibly charming and endearing and I can't wait to see Jennie's show," says Doherty. "I think (it's) gonna be great."
As for the 90210 alumni who don't have reality shows, Doherty says she still keeps tabs on them.
"I speak to Brian Austin Green all the time and I saw Ian Ziering a week ago and it was awesome," she says. "He's a sweetheart and he stays so young looking, it's ridiculous. I'm incredibly jealous."
Is it too much to hope that the whole Peach Pit gang will do cameos on each other's reality shows? Where are Luke Perry and Jason Priestly when you need them?
Actually, a 90210 reunion of sorts is happening this month: Doherty, Priestly, Ziering and Gabrielle Carteris will appear together on Fox's 25th Anniversary Special, airing on April 22.