Patrick Dempsey has opened up about the decision to repair his marriage with wife of 16 years Jillian after the couple announced their divorce back in January 2015. In an interview with People, the Bridget Jones's Baby actor revealed that couples counselling was to thank for reconciling the couple and helped them through their issues.
The 50-year-old said: "Our marriage was not something I was prepared to let go of. I didn't feel like we had done all the work. And we both wanted to do that work. That's where it started."
Patrick and Jillian called off their divorce
The former Grey's Anatomy actor revealed that the prospect of splitting was "scary," saying: "It's always destabilising when you're potentially breaking up a family or you have a big section of your life that's ending.
"Everybody has their own path. Jill and I decided it was time to work on our issues and improve. We wanted to be role models for our kids like, okay, if you have differences, you can work them out."
The couple share three children; 14-year-old Talula, and twins Darby and Sullivan, eight, and Patrick also opened up his family and how he and his wife wanted to "fight" to keep the relationship together.
Patrick and Jillian share three children
He said: "You can only do one thing at a time and do it well...Our union has to be the priority. I wasn't prepared to give up on her and she wasn't either. We both wanted to fight for it. "You've got to keep at it. You've got to communicate, and stay open and not get lazy. And not give up."
The couple took their three children to the premiere of Bridget Jones's Baby in London on Monday, and the star, who plays Jack Qwant in the film, opened up about the third instalment of the popular romantic comedy. He said: "It would be nice to see Bridget growing and living her life. There hasn't been another character like that where you're growing up with her."