Shannen Doherty’s new podcast, “Let’s Be Clear with Shannen Doherty,” unveiled poignant details about her eight-year battle with breast cancer, including a heart-wrenching story about her ex-husband, Kurt Iswarienko. The 52-year-old actress, known for her role in “Beverly Hills, 90210,” shared insights into their 11-year marriage that abruptly ended in April 2023 due to ‘irreconcilable differences,’ compounded by allegations of Iswarienko’s affair with his agent.
The emotional revelation came during the podcast’s first episode, where Doherty disclosed that she learned about the affair just hours before undergoing brain surgery to remove a tumor that signaled the cancer’s spread to her brain. The timing added an extra layer of pain and confusion to an already challenging moment in her life.
Expressing her feelings of being ‘incredibly unloved’ after 14 years together, Doherty recounted the difficult decision to undergo the surgery without her husband, despite his expressed desire to be there. She felt betrayed and chose to face the operation with the support of her mother, older brother, and best friends, emphasizing the emotional toll of going through surgery while dealing with the impending divorce.
Doherty, who successfully underwent the surgery in January, filed for divorce in April, with their separation date marked as January when she discovered the affair. Despite the challenges, she remains resilient, vowing to embrace life even as cancer poses a continuous threat.
The actress candidly discussed her pursuit of the truth surrounding the affair, admitting to becoming ‘obsessed’ with understanding why her partner of 14 years would betray her. She sought honesty from various sources, even talking to the woman involved in the affair. While acknowledging the impact of cancer on her marriage, Doherty doesn’t solely take responsibility for its demise.
Amid the ongoing emotional process, she expressed openness to love again, emphasizing that her journey involves healing and personal growth. The podcast, providing a platform for Doherty to share her experiences and insights, offers a raw and unfiltered look into the challenges she faces with cancer, divorce, and the resilience to continue embracing life and love.