PASADENA, Calif. – Breaking up is hard to do, even for Shannen Doherty.
The 35-year-old actress, who has two ex-husbands and a reputation for being difficult, needed her dad's help to dump a former boyfriend.
"Everybody thinks that I'm this really, really strong woman who would have absolutely no problem breaking up with somebody," Doherty said this week at the Television Critics Association's summer meeting.
Doherty said she "felt a lot of guilt" because it was a lengthy relationship in which the man — she didn't name him — was like a mentor to her.
"Every time I tried to break up with him, it sort of got a little bit emotional and we would stay together," she said. "My dad went and got my stuff out of the house, and said, `That's enough. You guys don't belong together anymore,' and it really helped."
Doherty returns the favor in her new Oxygen show, "Breaking Up With Shannen Doherty," in which she helps lovers, best friends and roommates find the courage to end things.
"A lot of it is a matter of guilt or feeling that attachment or the fear of being alone or all these sort of different emotional things that go into a breakup that sometimes it's hard for somebody," she said.
Doherty, who played bratty Brenda on "Beverly Hills, 90210," has been married twice — to Ashley Hamilton, son of actor George Hamilton, and to Richard Salomon, who appeared in an infamous sex tape with girlfriend Paris Hilton.