Lisa Whelchel, current "Survivor: Philippines" contestant and former "Facts of Life" star, has divorced her husband of 24 years.

Whelchel revealed that she and her husband, pastor Steve Cauble, quietly divorced back in March.

"The divorce was final on March 1, and [I] went out to be on Survivor on March 10," Whelchel tells People magazine. "Going out to Survivor was helpful for me, to divert my attention and not just dwell on the loss."

"I just never thought it would happen to me," she added. "It was painful to realize that it wasn't going to work out."

E! News confirmed Whelchel's divorce, but added that she and her 61-year-old ex remain good friends.

Whelchel, who is a devout Christian, first met Cauble at a prayer group in 1986. The two worked together in Christian ministry ever since "The Facts of Life" ended in 1988. Whelchel is a Christian author and speaker, and she has publicly spoken about both her faith and her marriage, according to Yahoo! TV. In her memoir, "The Facts of Life," the actress discussed falling in love with Cauble and how the unexpected relationship developed over time.

"Survivor" is her first foray back into the limelight.

Prior to revealing she and Cauble, 61, divorced, Whelchel took to her personal website to discuss her experience on "Survivor."

When responded to the question of whether it was "fun" being a contestant on "Survivor," Whechel wrote: "I don’t think 'fun' is the word I would use to describe my experience. Those days on the island were the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. It pushed me to my extreme limits physically, mentally, spiritually, and especially, emotionally. I’m so very grateful for the opportunity and I’m so glad I did it but I think it’s like childbirth…I may need to put a few years behind me and some perspective in front of me before I would ever consider doing it again."

Whelchel is best known for her role as wealthy Blair Warner on the 80s sitcom "The Facts of Life." Now, she can be seen on the 26th season of CBS' "Survivor" competing against fellow castaways in the Philippines.

Check out all of Whelchel's "Survivor" castmates below.

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  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Jeff Probst

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Lisa Whelchel, a former TV teen star currently living in Dallas, Texas.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Lisa Whelchel, a former TV teen star currently living in Dallas, Texas.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Roberta "RC" Saint-Amour, an investment banker currently living in New York.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Roberta "RC" Saint-Amour, an investment banker currently living in New York.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Zane Knight, a tire repair man currently living in Danville, VA.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Zane Knight, a tire repair man currently living in Danville, VA.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Malcolm Freberg, a bartender currently living in Hermosa Beach, CA.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Malcolm Freberg, a bartender currently living in Hermosa Beach, CA.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Jeff Kent, a retired Major League Baseball player currently living in Austin, Texas.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Jeff Kent, a retired Major League Baseball player currently living in Austin, Texas.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Denise Stapley, a sex therapist currently living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Denise Stapley, a sex therapist currently living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Dana Lambert, a cosmetologist currently living in Winston-Salem, NC.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Dana Lambert, a cosmetologist currently living in Winston-Salem, NC.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Angie Layton, a student currently living in Provo, Utah.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Abi-Maria Gomes, a business student currently living in Los Angeles.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Abi-Maria Gomes, a business student currently living in Los Angeles.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Artis Silvester, a computer engineer currently living in Terry Town, LA.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Artis Silvester, a computer engineer currently living in Terry Town, LA.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Carter Williams, a track coach currently living in Shawnee, KS.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Katie Hanson, former Miss Delaware, currently living in Newark, Del.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Katie Hanson, former Miss Delaware, currently living in Newark, Del.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Roxanne "Roxy" Morris, a seminary student currently living in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Roxanne "Roxy" Morris, a seminary student currently living in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Peter "Pete" Yurkowski, an engineering graduate currently living in Holmdel, NJ.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Peter "Pete" Yurkowski, an engineering graduate currently living in Holmdel, NJ.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Sarah Dawson, an insurance sales woman currently living in Silver Spring, MD.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    Sarah Dawson, an insurance sales woman currently living in Silver Spring, MD.

  • Survivor: Philippines Cast

    The "Survivor" cast.

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