Shannen Doherty Reveals Her Relationship With Her Husband

November 11, 2019

Shannen Doherty’s body isn’t the only thing that’s been changed by cancer – her marriage has undergone a transformation as well.

In a new People interview, Doherty, 48, opens up about how cancer has changed her marriage to photographer Kurt Iswarienko – in a good way.” “Cancer solidified us,” she says.” Kurt and I now have a deeper appreciation for each other.”

Doherty currently stars on BH90210 – the reboot of her ’90s hit show “Beverly Hills, 90210” – and was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. After undergoing a mastectomy, successive rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, and eventually a breast reduction, Shannen revealed that she went into remission in 2018.

But she says Doherty and Isvalenko’s marriage wasn’t troubled before, though they had their differences.” We definitely went through some growing pains,” says Doherty.” We would lock horns on something instead of resolving it, and we would go days without talking.” But that hasn’t happened since before her diagnosis.” We don’t let a night go by where we’re mad at each other,” she said.

Doherty also wants to make people aware that cancer doesn’t just affect the person being diagnosed.” It’s incredibly wrong for anyone to think that the only person who is changed by cancer is the person with cancer,” she said.” Cancer changes the people in your life. And it has shaped both of us. We look at life very differently now.”

And as it turns out, Iswarienko is also helping Doherty come to terms with her post-cancer body, which has been difficult for her.” How Kurt viewed me really helped me become a better person,” she said.” He always said, ‘I’ve never seen anyone handle something so difficult with such grace. You’re so strong.’ And I figured out that it’s a quiet strength. And it’s so much more sexy and attractive than I’ve ever been before.”

Overall, the cancer has only strengthened the love and connection between Doherty and Isvarenko.” Kurt and I now see each other with such profound respect,” she says.” He’s my rock in every way, and he makes sure I know how much he loves and values me. We now have a deeper appreciation for [each other] and a greater capacity for forgiveness.”