Patrick Dempsey has taken a huge step in coming to terms with his recent divorce.

On Jan. 23, the ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star, 49, reportedly moved into a newly renovated, $1.9 million home just a block from the boardwalk in a small, beach-front community in Venice, Calif.

For fans of Patrick — a devoted dad to Talula, 12, and twin boys Darby and Sullivan, 8 — the split came as a shock, but others were less surprised.

“Patrick and Jillian have been struggling for a while,” says an insider.

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Patrick and his wife, Jillian, in September 2014.

For better or worse, the fairy-tale relationship – Jillian has described her husband as “a romantic” who liked to buy her expensive jewelry – appears to be ending with a whimper rather than a bang.

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“They just grew apart,” says in insider. “Patrick was not screwing around – he does have a huge ego, but he really did everything he could to save this marriage.”

To read the full story on Patrick, pick up the new issue of ‘Closer Weekly,’ on newsstands now!