Facts of Life actress and season 5 Survivor: Philippines contestant Lisa Whelchel and her husband of 24 years, Steve Cauble–are divorced. This comes as a shock to fans of the Christian motivational speaker.
According to a report from People.com, Whelchel says only her very closest friends knew she and Steve had split, and that she left immediately after the divorce was final to film Survivor.
“The divorce was final on March 1, and [I] went out to be on Survivor on March 10,” Whelchel says. “Going out to Survivor was helpful for me, to divert my attention and not just dwell on the loss.”
Whelchel worked in Christian ministry with Steve Cauble–a pastor–since The Facts of Life, on which she played the role of socialite Blair Warner, ended in 1988.
“I just never thought it would happen to me,” she says. “It was painful to realize that it wasn’t going to work out.”
While Whelchel shares no details about the reason for her divorce, she does say she and Cauble are friendly.
“We will always be friends,” she says. “And we will always be family, too.”
Lisa Whelchel and Steve Cauble have three grown children.
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