LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Lisa Whelchel and Steve Cauble divorced before the start of Survivor Philippines, she now tells news. Lisa Whelchel (Facts of Life) tells PEOPLE that she and Steve Cauble divorced after 24 years of marriage. She decided to do Survivor to cope with the divorce.
While she tells news that the divorce was amiable, and that the two are still friends, she also reports that she needed something to help her cope after the divorce was finalized. “The divorce was final on March 1, and (I) went out to be on ‘Survivor’ on March 10,” Whelchel told PEOPLE. “Going out to ‘Survivor’ was helpful for me, to divert my attention and not just dwell on the loss.”
She said that, for some time, she and her husband thought their marriage wasnâ€™t working. But she said that after two decades of marriage and three kids it was too hard to think that their relationship wasnâ€™t going to work. “I just never thought it would happen to me,” she said. “It was painful to realize that it wasn’t going to work out.”
She also tells news that has been a huge Survivor fan for years. One of her friends suggested that she post an iPhone video online in hope that casting directors see it. She said it worked.