Tori Spelling Announces Divorce and Opens Up in New Podcast

By Victor Winston, updated on April 1, 2024

In a significant revelation, Tori Spelling, the celebrated actor best known for her role in "Beverly Hills, 90210," has decided to legally separate from her husband, Dean McDermott, after 18 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.

Spelling’s announcement came unexpectedly, merely days before the debut of her new podcast, titled "misSPELLING." This platform allows her to share the deeply personal aspects of her life, including the turbulent journey towards the decision to divorce and the struggle of life in the aftermath.

People reported that Spelling has candidly spoken about her emotional state, feeling isolated and questioning her worthiness of love, pains rooted deeply in her troubled childhood. "I've never felt more alone," Spelling, 50, disclosed. "I don’t feel worth loving."

A Love Story Beginning With Controversy

Spelling and McDermott's love story began with nothing short of a whirlwind romance marked by its rapid progression. They first crossed paths in 2005, at a time when both were already married to other partners.

Their connection led to a deeply passionate relationship that blossomed quickly, culminating in their marriage in a private ceremony in Fiji in 2006. "We had this very, quick, passionate falling in love period," Spelling recollected.

Despite the fairy-tale start, their relationship faced numerous challenges, particularly as they navigated life with their growing family. The addition of five children into their lives marked a significant change in their dynamic, revealing underlying issues.

The Struggle Behind Closed Doors

One notable aspect of their difficulties was McDermott's struggle with alcohol, which he publicly acknowledged in an interview published in November 2023.

His drinking was a source of tension and conflict, underscoring deeper issues within their marriage. "When he would drink, it was hard because I knew that at some point, it would turn," Spelling claimed.

After several years of contemplation and hope for resolution, Spelling made the painful decision to file for divorce on March 29, 2024. This decision, she explained, was delayed for the sake of McDermott and their children, whom she wished to protect from the fallout. Their separation on June 17, 2023, marked the end of their 18-year journey together.

Looking Toward the Future

In the aftermath of their separation, Spelling has sought to share her story and the emotional toll of this process through her podcast, "misSPELLING." Her candid revelations offer a glimpse into the complexity of love, marriage, and separation.

Moreover, Spelling seeks sole physical custody of their children, desiring a stable environment while granting McDermott joint legal custody and the right to visit.

Spelling and McDermott's journey, from their controversial meeting to the end of their 18-year marriage, has been a tale of love, struggle, and personal growth.

As Spelling ventures into her new podcast and McDermott acknowledges his issues, their story is a poignant reminder of the complexities inherent in relationships and the courage it takes to choose one's path.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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