The former Beverly Hills 90210 star still insists, "I'll always love him"

By Matthew Cole Weiss
Updated February 20, 2015 12:30 PM
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When AnnaLynne McCord and Dominic Purcell broke up in December after more than three years together, McCord wasn’t prepared to see photographs in the press of Purcell with someone else so quickly.

“It’s horrible. Public breakups are horrible. It’s the worst thing on earth. You have to see your man with another woman,” the actress-model, 27, told PEOPLE at Thursday night’s Hollywood Domino Annual Pre-Oscar Soiree & Tournament presented by Bovet 1822.

“I love Dominic,” said McCord about the actor, 45. “I’ll always love him, and we’ll always be in each other’s lives. It’s very hard. I believe suffering is a part of life, and if you take something from it, then you’re in a good place.”

It appears McCord has also moved on. The former 90210 and Nip/Tuck actress is reportedly dating ex-NBA star Rick Fox, 45, with whom she was seen at the Super Bowl, though she would neither confirm nor deny this.

“I am always attracted to intelligence. That’s sexy,” said McCord. “But recently what’s more important to me than anything is that I’m with a man who cares about my girls in Cambodia” – McCord currently does charity work with sexually abused girls in Cambodia – “who cares about my passions. And I met someone recently who is really supportive of that.”

She added, “There’s something to be said for a man who is a father That dynamic I saw with Dom. He’s a wonderful father. Rick is a wonderful father.”