Their marriage has played out in front of television cameras since 2007, but is Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott’s latest reality TV stint the real deal or a publicity stunt?
A far cry from their previous reality shows that featured wedding planning, their babies’ births, themed birthday parties, and an insane amount of house hunting, the couple’s new Lifetime docu-series, “True Tori,” follows them as they try to pick up the pieces of their broken marriage following McDermott’s highly publicized affair with a woman in Toronto last year. The footage includes Spelling’s visits to the rehab that McDermott checked into in January to seek treatment for sex addiction. And it’s really hard to watch.
In a preview clip from the series, McDermott described himself as “insatiable” and revealed that there were “ebbs and flows” with his sex life with Spelling: “We would have sex once every two weeks,” he said. “It wasn’t fantastic.” He called his Canadian fling “a warm body” and said he wasn’t even attracted to her.
And apparently McDermott’s treatment didn’t just address his sexual issues. On the “True Tori” premiere, the actor admitted he’s been lying his whole life, and issued a confession to his wife: “I’m tired of living like a liar,” he said. “That’s why I’m dealing with my alcoholism and my addiction and depression and mental health. Everything that is so important to me is on the line right now. If I don’t change who I am from the inside out, we’re not going to make it. I’m not going to make it.”
While Spelling admitted she’s been “let down over and over again,” she admitted she’s not ready to raise the couple’s four kids — Liam, 7, Stella, 5, Hattie, 2, and Finn, 20 months — alone. “I don’t do a great job [alone],” she said. “Realistically, I didn’t plan on raising four kids alone. It scares me so much I’m like, ‘What am I going to do? No matter what, just take him back?'”
Spelling has already been criticized for allowing the couple’s counseling sessions to play out in front of the cameras. In an interview with HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell, relationships expert Steve Santagati (“The Manual”) called McDermott’s sex addiction claims “a cop-out” and said, “And quite frankly, it looks a little weird that they’re doing this on television. It is publicity after all.”
In a post on her website, Spelling explained that she wanted to set the record straight: “I needed the chance to tell my own story,” she wrote. “At the moment, I don’t know if it will have a happy ending. But I need to get my voice back, and this is my way of doing that.”
Of course, Spelling has never been one to shy away from telling her own story. She’s penned a whopping four memoirs, and all of them are chock full of personal stories. In her first book, “sTori Telling,” she detailed her whirlwind romance with McDermott (which began, incidentally, when them were both still married to other people), and she dished on her now-resolved estrangement with her mother, Candy. In her most recent book, “Spelling It Like It is,” she dropped a bombshell about her financial woes, revealing that the couple’s business manager put the kibosh on a planned vasectomy for McDermott because it was too expensive. And then there was that stolen sex tape that Spelling says was swiped from her computer by a biker friend of her husband’s.
Indeed, Spelling has told a lot of stories already. So maybe this most personal one should have been kept behind closed doors.