Tori Spelling wants you to know that Star Magazine lies and she’s NOT getting a divorce.
In a new “ediTORIal” post on her website titled “An Open Letter to Star Magazine,” the “Tori & Dean” star slams the tabloid over the damage caused by their latest cover story about her relationship with husband Dean McDermott.
The Star headline reads: “Tori Spelling: $300 Million DIVORCE” with the sub-headlines, “Dean Wants Her Mom’s Money Too”… followed by the bullet points, “Tori catches him with other women,” “Dean’s sick porn obsession revealed,” “His cruel taunts: ‘You’re too fat!’”
“Here are the two things you learn quickly in the public eye when media publications are ‘reporting a story’ about your life… That some publications are more reputable than others and they fact check their stories, and then one writes whatever story they want and repeatedly use the generic word ‘sources’ to add an air of legitimacy,” Tori opens her letter.
What really upset her? Her son discovered the headline first.
“My son Liam is turning 6 in a couple weeks,” she explains. “His proudest achievement so far in his young life is that he is learning to read. Until now, when that pride turned to sorrow thanks to Star magazine. He first spotted me on the cover, then Dad, and then a picture of himself and his 3 younger siblings. He was able to read two things out loud, the word DIVORCE (which he proudly sounded out) and the caption above his picture which read ‘Who will get the kids?’
“He became terrified,” she continued. “I had to hurry him and his confused 4-year-old sister Stella out of the grocery store and into our car. By the time he was fastening himself into his car seat he was asking, ‘Why is someone getting us?? Where are you and Dad going?’ He was anxiously biting his lower lip and his big blue eyes were filled with tears. My heart sank. How would I explain to my children that what these 3 writers who have never even met us but who claim to know the ins and outs of our relationship and have proudly put their names on this article are flat out writing lies?”
Star stands by their story and has given the following statement:
“While Star certainly understands Ms. Spelling’s right to respond to our cover story, we don’t understand why she believes her husband Dean McDermott is off-limits to celebrity news magazines. He and Ms. Spelling’s “fairytale” relationship began when they had an affair shortly after he and his then-wife, Mary Jo, had adopted their second child, and while Ms. Spelling was married to actor Charlie Shanian. What’s more, the couple have made a living by choosing to put their family’s private life on display on reality TV. We stand by our story.”
Tori and Dean tied the knot in a private ceremony in Fiji in May 2006.
If the story isn’t true, why not threaten a lawsuit?