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Aww!Patrick Dempsey Reveals the Adorable Reason Why He Called Off His Divorce From Wife Jillian Fink

Patrick Dempsey’s wife is back in his life. And now, the actor is getting candid about why he called off his divorce from Jillian Fink.

“Our marriage was not something I was prepared to let go of,” the 51-year-old actor revealed to People in a recent interview. “I didn’t feel like we had done all the work. And we both wanted to do that work. That’s where it started.”

The former Grey’s Anatomy star and Jillian married in 1999 and announced their separation after 16 years of marriage in January 2015. The couple later reconciled in early 2016.

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Earlier this month, Patrick gave a sweet shout out to his blonde beauty shortly after they made up. “My vacation is always more beautiful when I’m next to my beautiful wife @jilliandempsey,” he captioned a sweet backside snapshot of the two. Too cute!

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Patrick added of their union, “You can only do one thing at a time and do it well. 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.”

The couple additionally wanted to stay strong for their three kids, daughter Tallula, 15, and 10-year-old twin sons, Darby and Sullivan. “It’s always destabilizing when you’re potentially breaking up a family or you have a big section of your life that’s ending,” he said. “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.”

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“You’ve got to keep at it,” Patrick concluded. “You’ve got to communicate, and stay open and not get lazy. And not give up. And [have] lots of sex!”

Click through the gallery below to see Patrick and Jillian’s cutest photos together!