How Tori Spelling And Dean McDermott Make Co-Parenting Work

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Rumors have been swirling for some time that Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have separated. This began in 2021 when the Beverly Hills, 90210 star told Jeff Lewis that she and her husband slept in different bedrooms. Tori had also been spotted without her wedding ring.


Recently, Tori has been speaking about how she and McDermott parent differently. The couple has five children together – Liam, Stella, Hattie, Finn and Beau. Dean also has an adult son named Jack, with ex-wife Mary Jo Eustace.

The couple met in 2005 and married in 2006. There have been rumors of a split between the couple on and off for years. The married celebrities have also been through financial struggles, and the police were once called to their home over a “domestic dispute”.

Tori and Dean have had a rocky relationship which has been played out in the press since the beginning.

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8 How Did Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott Meet?

Tori Spelling is the daughter of famed producer, Aaron Spelling. Among other things, he produced the hit Beverly Hills, 90210, which his daughter starred in. The show and Tori, were both sensations in the ’90s. Tori married Charlie Shahnaian in 2004.

Meanwhile, Dean McDermott was an actor who appeared in film and made-for-TV-movies. He was also married.

Then, Tori and Dean met on the set of the TV movie, Mind Over Murder. The two were drawn to each other. In a 2014 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Tori said, “I mean, he was married. … We had sex the first night we met.”. They each divorced their spouses and married in 2006.

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7 Tori & Dean: Reality TV

In 2007, Tori and Dean joined reality TV with their show, Tori & Dean: Inn Love.

The first two seasons of the show were about the couple as they look for a bed & breakfast to invest in. The cameras follow them as they purchased and renovated the Inn in Fallbrook, CA while Tori was pregnant with their son Liam. After some drama, they left the B&B industry.

Season 3 premiered with a new location and a new title, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. This version of the show did incredibly well and broke ratings records for the Oxygen network. It gave viewers insight into their marriage as new parents juggling careers.

6 Did Dean McDermott Cheat On Tori Spelling In 2014?

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott had a new reality show that began in 2014 called True Tori. It chronicled much of the tumult in their relationship.

While Dean was working in Canada that year, he had an affair with a woman named Emily Goodhand. Dean admitted to the cheating on an episode of True Tori. Goodhand also spoke about the affair to US Weekly,He told me he and Tori had a sexless marriage,” she said of McDermott. “I believed him.”

Dean blamed his substance abuse for his actions, and he checked himself into rehab.

5 Did Tori Spelling And Dean McDermott Work Through Their Problems?

Tori and Dean’s marriage seems to have constant ups and downs. They both wanted to work on their marriage after the cheating scandal. Dean even proposed to Tori again in front of their four children on a trip to Europe. Then they announced that they were having a fifth child. Things seemed to be heading in a positive direction.

But the couple appeared to be having financial difficulties. There was a tax lien and an issue with American Express.

The couple felt that the birth of their fifth child, Beau, was the beginning of a new chapter for their family. But then in March 2018, the police were called twice to their home. No charges were pressed.

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4 Did They Stay Together For The Children?

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott both adore their five children. Tori is said to have been on the verge of leaving her husband many times. But Dean is very close with the kids and Tori believes he should be around them.

In 2020, Tori admitted that her daughter saw something online about Dean’s cheating, and it upset her. When it happened, and the couple spoke about it on the show, they didn’t think about it reaching their kids one day, but it inevitably did.

3 Is It The End Of Tori Spelling And Dean McDermott… Or Isn’t It?

In 2021, divorce rumors started up again because Tori did not publicly acknowledge the couple’s anniversary. She also removed the word “wife” from her Instagram bio. She also said publicly that the two sleep in separate beds. And if you look through the 90210 star’s Instagram, there are no recent pictures of her husband.

But this past July, Dean appeared in an episode of her latest reality series, @Home with Tori. He is in a scene where they watched Troop Beverly Hills with their children. Then, they were spotted at an event on Labor Day weekend together.

The couple may be staying together for financial reasons, or they may be trying to work things out, or they could be staying friendly during their separation.

2 Co-Parenting Works For Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott

Whether they work great as a couple or not, Tori Spelling believes they make great co-parents.

“Dean and I definitely have different parenting strategies,” the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum, 49, told People in an interview. “I’m kind of the feelings mom, and he’s more procedural,” she explained. “He’s really great at timing and planning. I’m not good with that.”

She went on to say that their five children need both strategies.

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1 Are Tori Spelling And Dean McDermott’s Children Bullied?

Even celebrity children are bullied. Tori Spelling has been honest and vocal about two of her children being bullied at school. Stella has been bullied in the past, and now, with the start of a new school year, another child is dealing with the same issue.

“My kids just went back to school and just when you think one got through it, one of my other children was bullied on the first day of school,” Spelling told People Magazine. She went on to say, “the route I took with Stella is going to be different than the route I take with my other child, getting them through that situation.”

Whatever happens between Tori and her husband, she always has her children’s backs.