Tori Spelling Reveals Daughter Stella, 15, Faced Bullying Over Living in RV After Dean McDermott Split

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Tori Spelling has revealed her teenage daughter, Stella, 15, was ‘shamed’ by classmates after the family moved into an RV last year.

Last year, the actress, 50 and her five children were spotted living out of an RV and staying in budget motels following her split from Dean McDermott.

Now Tori, 50, has revealed on her new podcast Misspelling that they were just camping – but that didn’t stop her daughter’s classmates from thinking that the famous family had joined California’s growing unhoused population.

‘My daughter [Stella] is like, “People already talk about us at school. They know you and they know the family and they read the press.”‘ she explained.

‘She had someone come up to her at school and ask, “Are you in the school district, or where does your RV park? Because you live in an RV with your mom right?”‘ she continued. 

Tori Spelling Reveals Daughter Stella, 15, Faced Bullying Over Living in RV After Dean McDermott Split

Tori Spelling has revealed her teenage daughter, Stella, 15, was ‘shamed’ by classmates after the family moved into an RV last year 

The actress was rumored to have been living out of an RV (pictured) and budget motels with her five children last year

The actress was rumored to have been living out of an RV (pictured) and budget motels with her five children last year

Spelling is pictured with McDermott and their five children Liam, Hattie, Finn, Beau, and Stella

Spelling is pictured with McDermott and their five children Liam, Hattie, Finn, Beau, and Stella

The Stori Telling author clarified that the family had simply been on ‘summer vacation’ when they lived out of an RV.

‘We rented that like every other family and drove up the coast and camped and they were like, “Oh, we thought you were homeless.”‘

Tori added that her daughter was ‘shamed’ over the incident. 

It comes just days after the Beverly Hills, 90210 starlet filed for divorce from husband Dean McDermott, 57, after 18 months of marriage. 

Discussing the split on her podcast, Tori admitted, ‘I’ve never felt more alone.’

‘I don’t feel worth loving. That’s the truth. And that’s something that’s just in you, it’s not something I wanted or created,’ she said, admitting that she’d experienced those feelings for a long time.

‘That starts when you’re young. [And changing it], that’s not easy to do…. I don’t know if you can.’ 

Tori said that daughter Stella was 'shamed' after her classmates asked her if her family lived out of an RV

Tori said that daughter Stella was ‘shamed’ after her classmates asked her if her family lived out of an RV

It comes just days after the Beverly Hills, 90210 starlet filed for divorce from husband Dean McDermott, 57, after 18 months of marriage

It comes just days after the Beverly Hills, 90210 starlet filed for divorce from husband Dean McDermott, 57, after 18 months of marriage 

The 50-year-old has been airing out all the details of her divorce on her new podcast

The 50-year-old has been airing out all the details of her divorce on her new podcast 

Spelling went on to say she wished she had taken the steps toward divorce for ‘like… 15 years.’

‘We always say, “Hey, it made it 18 years.” It shouldn’t have made it 18 years,’ the star contended, revealing she had stayed to protect McDermott and her children.

‘And I think he would say the same thing if he and I had a real heart-to-heart. It would have been over a lot sooner.’ 

The couple met on the set of the TV movie Mind Over Murder in 2005 and had an affair – despite both being married to other people. 

There was an instant connection, although both were already married.

‘We had this very, quick, passionate falling in love period,’ the actress said, describing it as a ‘fast and furious romance.’

She praised McDermott for letting her be herself. ‘I just remember I could show him me.’

Continuing, she explained, ‘It wasn’t like, the cute like, giggly, “this is what people want me to be.” I was able to be like, loud and like ugh … I could have a foul mouth,’ she stated

‘I’m not just Donna Martin, the perfect good girl. I could have some bad girl in me and it was okay. And he liked all those sides and he liked how smart I was and accepted me.’

The couple met on the set of the TV movie Mind Over Murder in 2005 and had an affair. (Pictured in 2018)

The couple met on the set of the TV movie Mind Over Murder in 2005 and had an affair. (Pictured in 2018)

The couple began supporting themselves through reality shows, beginning with 2007's Tori & Dean: Inn Love

The couple began supporting themselves through reality shows, beginning with 2007’s Tori & Dean: Inn Love

The pair wed in May 2006 and welcomed son Liam in 2007.

Their family quickly grew and the former couple became parents to Stella, 15, Hattie, 12, Finn, 11 and Beau, seven.

‘Honestly, our relationship was never the same after we started having kids,’ the single mom said.

‘We always said, “We won’t be those parents that change. We’ll make sure we make our relationship a priority, the two of us. We have date nights.” And everything went out the window. I became completely focused on the kids and kind of left him, in a way.’

While focusing on parenthood, the So Notorious star said, ‘Our relationship definitely changed where I really felt like I was in this alone with the kids.’

‘And he was there, but he was an extra set of hands. He put the car seat in because I didn’t know how to do it and things like that. Emotionally, I was it. Like, “Tag, you’re it.” I was the parent.’

The couple began supporting themselves via a series of reality shows that began with Tori & Dean: Inn Love in 2007 in which they operated a bed and breakfast .

The star said, ‘It was a lot of responsibility while also rebuilding a career — which I did. We became a family brand. I went from Hollywood rich girl… to like, cool mom. “Look at her. She does it all.” Meanwhile, behind the scenes, it was all falling apart.’ 

To live up to the image they had created for the world to see, Spelling said she ‘created the character of Dean,’ to turn him into ‘all those Prince Charmings I wanted when I was young.’

‘He had a lot of those qualities. But… you know… We did our reality show and the first one was like, “Fun, fun.” So any bad stuff that would happen or fights or anything, they would edit,’ she said of the process to protect the brand.

‘Women everywhere, I would hear, “I wish I had a Dean.” And I was like, “If you only knew…”‘

'Honestly, our relationship was never the same after we started having kids,' the single mom admitted

‘Honestly, our relationship was never the same after we started having kids,’ the single mom admitted 

McDermott entered rehab and is now working as a counselor for those suffering from alcohol abuse. (Pictured in Culver City, October 2019)

McDermott entered rehab and is now working as a counselor for those suffering from alcohol abuse. (Pictured in Culver City, October 2019)

The couple did try therapy, but Spelling said they were focused on different issues.

She said McDermott was concerned with her sloppiness, and how she didn’t clean up after the family pets.

‘I’m really good at taking blame so that someone can start to feel like they can open up. So yeah, I would say, “I do this, and I do that.” Hoping he would be like, “Yeah, and I do this.” But instead it was more focused on, “The dog s– all over the house. She has too many animals. She’s a hoarder. She’s messy.” And I’m like, “Yup, yup, yup. That’s me.”‘

McDermott, who entered rehab in summer 2023 for his drinking, told Daily Mail he would often go into alcohol fueled rages that would ‘petrify’ his family.

‘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 confessed.

‘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,’ he continued.

‘That’s what it led to and that’s what led to the brokenness and to what happened between me and Tori.’

The former actor is now working as an alcohol and addiction counselor.

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