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Patrick Dempsey: 'Sex helped save my marriage!'

Published 07/09/2016

Patrick Dempsey with wife Jillian and their children
Patrick Dempsey with wife Jillian and their children

Patrick Dempsey and wife Jillian Fink decided to work on their marital problems rather than divorce.

Actor Patrick Dempsey jokes that "lots of sex" helped get his marriage back on track.

The Grey's Anatomy star's wife Jillian Fink filed for divorce in January 2015 after 15 years of marriage. However, in a turn of events the pair, who have three children together, called off the split and the actor is now doing everything he can to get their union back to full strength, including holding back on car racing.

"You can only do one thing at a time and do it well," he explained to People magazine. "I (learned) to prioritise. 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. And lots of sex!"

Patrick continued to explain he wasn't ready to throw in the towel, and was confident he and Jillian could do more to save their nuptials. Although it was a "scary" time, the 50-year-old knew he and his wife had to do their best for their kids, daughter Talula, 14, and twin boys Darby and Sullivan, nine.

"It's always destabilising when you're potentially breaking up a family or you have a big section of your life that's ending," he recalled.

"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 has been putting on a strong front recently as Patrick promotes his new movie, Bridget Jones's Baby, and the whole family attended the film’s world premiere in London on Monday (05Sept16).

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