• Shannen Doherty has filed for divorce from Kurt Iswarienko.
  • After 11 years of support and love, “she felt she was left with no other option.”
  • The actress continues her battle with stage 4 cancer.

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“Beverly Hills, 90210” actress Shannen Doherty and photographer Kurt Iswarienko first met in early 2008, and he proposed to her almost three years later. The couple wed knot on October 15, 2011.

The pair reportedly exchanged wedding vows in a private ceremony at a pal’s house in Malibu, California. Their special day was featured on her We TV docuseries, “Shannen Says,” a year later.

Actress Shannen Doherty and actor Luke Perry during the 18th Annual People's Choice Awards on March 17, 1992 | Source: Getty Images

Actress Shannen Doherty and actor Luke Perry during the 18th Annual People’s Choice Awards on March 17, 1992 | Source: Getty Images

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Over the years, Doherty had often praised her now-estranged husband for his immense support on social media. In her June 2019 Instagram post, she penned Iswarienko was her “best friend” and that she loved him dearly. She explained the “love and support” he showed her motivated her and that they understood each other, adding:

“In short, I’m pretty damn lucky.”

Iswarienko became Doherty’s No. 1 cheerleader amid her health battles, and she has expressed appreciation for him. During her September 2020 interview, the Tennessee native stated had yet to pen down letters, something she needs to do, adding she wanted him to know how much he meant to her.

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Meanwhile, Iswarienko has noted his now-estranged wife had been his rock amid the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. On Doherty’s birthday, he paid tribute to her in an April 2020 Instagram post.

Iswarienko said he was happy because it was her special day and that he was glad he got to be there with her so that he could bake a cake and cook for her to mark the occasion with their loved ones. “Happy Birthday, @theshando. I love you,” Iswarienko captioned the post. Despite his support, Doherty decided to divorce him.

Shannen Doherty Filed for Divorce After 11 Years of Marriage: She Had No Other Choice

On April 21, 2023, TMZ revealed Doherty filed for divorce from Iswarienko and that things are heated behind the scenes.

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The television star reportedly filed court documents in Los Angeles, stating she and the PICTUREKID artist first parted ways in January 2023.

Shannon Doherty and her husband photographer Kurt Iswarienko arrive at The Weinstein Company And Relativity Media's 2011 Golden Globe Awards Party at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Shannon Doherty and her husband photographer Kurt Iswarienko arrive at The Weinstein Company And Relativity Media’s 2011 Golden Globe Awards Party at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

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Doherty and Iswarienko did not have children together. The brunette’s rep, Leslie Sloane, disclosed this about the duo’s current state of affairs:

“Divorce is the last thing Shannen wanted. Unfortunately, she felt she was left with no other option.”

Shannen Doherty attends the 9th Annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 5, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Shannen Doherty attends the 9th Annual American Humane Hero Dog Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 5, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

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Sloane alleged that Iswarienko’s agent, Collier Grimm, has been “intimately involved” in her client and Doherty’s divorce, adding she should be contacted.

Moreover, sources close to Doherty and Iswarienko revealed they are going through a bitter breakup in addition to her more acute health condition, making the experience even harder to bear.

Kurt Iswarienko and Shannen Doherty attend the Entertainment Weekly and Women in Film pre-Emmy Party at Restaurant at The Sunset Marquis Hotel on September 17, 2009 in West Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

Kurt Iswarienko and Shannen Doherty attend the Entertainment Weekly and Women in Film pre-Emmy Party at Restaurant at The Sunset Marquis Hotel on September 17, 2009 in West Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

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According to court documents, Doherty is seeking spousal support but has requested for it not to be awarded to Iswarienko. There was reportedly no prenup agreement between the parties.

Only a couple of hours before the divorce news broke, Doherty penned a cryptic message on her Instagram account. She told her followers that the people who are meant to be in one’s life are those who know how to treat them right.

Kurt Iswarienko attends Hollywood Unites for the 5th Biennial Stand Up To Cancer at Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Kurt Iswarienko attends Hollywood Unites for the 5th Biennial Stand Up To Cancer at Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

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This was Doherty’s third marriage. She was previously married twice. Her first husband was Ashley Hamilton, with whom she was married from 1993 to 1994. She remarried in 2002 to Rick Salomon, but they divorced in 2003.

A year before walking down the aisle with Iswarienko, she said the institution of marriage was a big commitment for her and that she would not get into it casually like before, alluding she had learned from her past mistakes.

What Is Doherty’s Current Status With Stage 4 Cancer?

Amid her divorce news, Doherty is currently battling stage 4 cancer. For the last few years, the film star has been going through treatments for the disease.

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Doherty was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2015, and it went into remission two years later, only to return in 2020 as stage 4.

Shannen Doherty attends Hollywood Unites For The 5th Biennial Stand Up To Cancer at Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Shannen Doherty attends Hollywood Unites For The 5th Biennial Stand Up To Cancer at Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

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The “Hot Seat” star, who has always been open about her struggles, revealed the return of her cancer in a February 2020 interview, saying she had not come to terms with the news and that it was a difficult thing to fathom in more ways than one.

Doherty got candid about coping with her cancer’s recurrence and admitted she sometimes questions why it has happened to her. But then again, she asks herself who is supposed to go through such a painful experience because no one deserves to go through such.

Doherty stated that her concern was how she would break the news to her mother and now soon-to-be ex-husband whenever she received such information. The “Charmed” star, who has been transparent about her disease and has documented it on her social media, decided to keep the info of her cancer coming back a secret.

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Despite the diagnosis, the star returned to work and divulged that she kept the news under wraps because she wanted to prove that she could still work under the circumstances.

Shannen Doherty arrives at the Farrah Fawcett Foundation's "Tex-Mex Fiesta" event the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Shannen Doherty arrives at the Farrah Fawcett Foundation’s “Tex-Mex Fiesta” event the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

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Doherty stated that because of her condition, people can see that someone with stage 4 cancer can work despite the odds. Although she kept mum about her recurrence, she only told a small group of people, including fellow “90210” co-star Brian Austin Green, who has been a good support system at work.

Doherty has experienced anxiousness on set, leading her to wonder whether she could do the job. But Green, whom she has been leaning on, told her he has her “back,” come what may. Such encouraging words have helped her get through this challenging time in her life.

In spite of the ordeal, she seems in good spirits. In March 2023, Doherty sat down for a “Charmed” panel alongside co-stars Holly Marie Combs, Rose McGowan, and Drew Fuller, among others, at 90s Con in Hartford, Connecticut.

She gave fans an update about how she is. When asked how she was doing amid her cancer battle, the Hollywood star said, “I’m feeling great, thank you!”

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