Rachel Charlene Lewis
Updated September 07, 2016 1:23 pm
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Patrick Dempsey has had our heart for ages, and while he’ll always be McDreamy to us, we also recognize him as more than just an actor. So when we learned last year that his marriage was on the rocks, we were so, so sad for Dempsey. Luckily, things have taken a turn for the better (yay!) and we’re loving what he had to say about putting in work to save his marriage.

In an interview with People, Patrick Dempsey opened up about how he felt during this rough time in his marriage:

“Our marriage was not something I was prepared to let go of,” Dempsey explained. “I didn’t feel like we had done all the work. And we both wanted to do that work. That’s where it started.”

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And they did put in real effort.

“You can only do one thing at a time and do it well,” he said. “I [learned] to prioritize. 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.”

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Sometimes, though, it was fun!

“You’ve got to keep at it,” he says. “You’ve got to communicate, and stay open and not get lazy. And not give up. And lots of sex!”

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Just last year, Jillian filed for divorce from Patrick, and it definitely seems like things have flipped in the *best* way. We’re so happy for this power couple, and sending them nothing but the best!