Star Magazine's offending cover (Star)
In a new “ediTORIal” post on her website titled “An Open Letter to Star Magazine,” the “Tori & Dean” star takes the tabloid to town over the damage caused by their latest cover story about her relationship with husband Dean McDermott.
“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,” the post begins.
Star’s cover story 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!’”
Spelling, 39, then goes on to explain exactly how hurtful and damaging the rag's latest cover story about her family has been. “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?”
Spelling then eloquently and angrily explains how while she has a thick skin from being in the public eye since she was 16 and starring on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” she wonders, “How do [those 3 Star writers] sleep at night knowing they've potentially emotionally scarred and if nothing else terrified innocent children?” She insists that Dean has done nothing but stand by her in life and that he’s the best father a family could ask for.
Spelling and McDermott have four children, Liam Aaron, 5, Stella Doreen, 4, Hattie Margaret, 1, and Finn Davey, 6 months.
So, what do you think? Has Star magazine crossed the line? Are Tori’s criticisms legit? Sound off, below!
UPDATE: Friday afternoon, Star responded with 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."
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