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Shannen Doherty ‘Felt So Betrayed’ Going Into Brain Surgery After Learning of Husband’s Alleged Infidelity

Shannen Doherty ‘Felt So Betrayed’ Going Into Brain Surgery After Learning of Husband’s Alleged Infidelity

Months after she and her husband Kurt Iswarienko separated after 11 years of marriage, Shannen Doherty is speaking about the struggles she faced in the relationship’s final months. 

During the latest episode of her podcast Let’s Be Clear With Shannen Doherty, the actress spoke about how she went to have a brain tumor removed in January 2023. But not before she found out that Iswarienko allegedly cheated. 

“I went into that surgery early in the morning and I went in after I found out that my marriage was essentially over,” she explained. “That my husband had been carrying on an affair for two years. To not go in that surgery, even though, being very clear, he wanted to go, I couldn’t go into that surgery with him there. I felt so betrayed.”  

Shannen Doherty then admitted she felt “so incredibly unloved” by someone she had been with for 14 years. “By someone I loved with all my heart,” she continued. The Charmed star pointed out that her mother, brother, and friends were by her side during the surgery and beyond. 

Doherty shared she’s focusing on her health and future. However, she is still overwhelmed with her cancer battle and the end of her marriage. “Just to have to go through all of that while trying to figure out if you’re going to get a frickin’ divorce,” she said. “And trying to get to the truth of that.”

Shannen Doherty Admitted to Being ‘Obsessed’ With Finding Out the Truth About Her Husband’s Infidelity 

Meanwhile, Shannen Doherty spoke about being obsessed with finding out everything about her husband’s affair. 

“If you share 14 years together and you cheated, doesn’t that person deserve the absolute truth regardless of how much that hurts them? “If they’re the ones asking for it, if they’re the ones saying, ‘Listen, I get it, I may cry, I may get angry, and this may really suck to hear, but I need to hear it because I need closure and this is how I get my closure.’”

Shannen Doherty further recalled spending months trying to figure out how she was going to go about the situation. “If you cheat on me, you’re out,” she explained. The actress then said part of her confusion was due to the surgery’s side effects.

“I was so confused, and I was also on steroids and a lot of stuff from brain surgery,” she continued. “Because they didn’t want my brain to swell.”

Shannen Doherty filed for divorce in April 2023. Her rep, Leslie Sloane told PEOPLE at the time that divorce was the last thing she wanted. “Unfortunately, she felt she was left with no other option.” 

Doherty and Iswarienko married in October 2011. She was previously married to Ashley Hamilton and Rick Salomon.