In a recent candid interview, McDermott spoke on the impact of his alcohol-fueled outbursts on his family, expressing regret and taking accountability. Despite the challenges, McDermott emphasized his enduring love for Spelling.
Reflecting on their 18-year marriage, he dismissed skeptics and shared his Thanksgiving blessings with newfound sobriety, acknowledging support from friends and treatment centers.
Dean McDermott Spent Thanksgiving Away From Tori Spelling And Their Kids
On Thanksgiving, Dean McDermott shared a video on Instagram explaining that he would be spending the holidays at a sober living facility, celebrating with housemates away from Spelling and their kids.
Wearing a flannel shirt, the “Slasher” actor shared: “I’m going to be spending [the holiday] with my housemates at Freedom House at sober living. We’re going to have a lot of fun.”
He revealed that he has “so much to be grateful for this year” and expressed gratitude for his children, “new friends in sobriety, his sponsor, and “all the groups I have’ and ‘all the different treatment centers I get to work at.”
McDermott wished his 140,000 Instagram followers a wonderful Thanksgiving, adding, “I’m just truly blessed, and I hope everybody has a wonderful day.”
‘All Tori’s Ever Done Is Want Me To Be Happy And Healthy’
During a chat with the Daily Mail, McDermott candidly revealed the harrowing impact of his alcohol-fueled outbursts that left his wife and children in a state of fear.
Reflecting on the damage caused, McDermott acknowledged the toll it took on Spelling, expressing, “All Tori’s ever done to this day is want me to be happy and healthy and I inflicted a lot of damage and pain on that woman.”
He added: “I’m taking accountability for that today. And it’s the biggest amend that I’m ever going to have to make.”
The 57-year-old, who revealed that he struggled with a turbulent mix of alcoholism and prescription drug dependency, also opened up about how the strains of fame, financial troubles, and personal demons led to the unraveling of his marriage with Spelling.
The “Housesitter” actor added that at their lowest point, he and Spelling found themselves more like distant “roommates,” haunted by financial pressures and relentless paparazzi intrusion.
Dean McDermott On How Alcohol Affected His Marriage With Tori Spelling
Reflecting on his downward spiral, McDermott confessed: “Alcohol made me feel good enough. I started feeling good enough until it got to a point where it didn’t – it ended up in isolation.”
He continued: “It ended up with me drinking a fifth of tequila every night, seven days a week, and a handful of narcos [prescription meds] by myself with a beautiful family in the other room.
“That’s what it led to and that’s what led to the brokenness and to what happened between me and Tori. I couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t live that life anymore. I was tired of the anger and the yelling,” he added.
McDermott also opened up about his transformative 40-day rehabilitation stint during the conversation. He expressed newfound contentment post-rehab and shared that he anticipates reuniting with his children and hopes that his progress will be a source of pride for both Spelling and the kids.
He revealed that he had not seen his family since June, when he moved them out of their rented home due to a mold issue. However, despite the physical distance, recent attempts at communication through text reveal a glimmer of reconnection.
Dean McDermott Says Marriage To Tori Spelling ‘Was A Fairytale’
Despite embarking on a new chapter with Texan Lily Calo, 32, McDermott emphasized that his love for Spelling remains unwavering, devoid of any regrets regarding their shared life.
He said: “It was a total fairytale. I mean, it was a beautiful love story. Love at first sight and getting married in the most beautiful way possible.”
Reflecting on their journey, he describes it as “a dream come true.” He continued: “And then we had to come back to Hollywood and deal with all the sh** people gave us.”
He added: “After we got married, they were all saying ‘give it six months.’ Well, so much for six months – we showed you because it’s been 18 years and five kids.”