Tori Spelling has never shied away from putting her family in the spotlight, but the actress knows that some things need to be done behind closed doors. On Wednesday, the “Mystery Girls” star told E! News that while she and hubby Dean McDermott are working on their relationship and plan to stay together in the aftermath of their very public marital problems, she knows their four kids -- Liam, 7, Stella, 5, Hattie, 2, and Finn, 1 -- will someday learn the details behind their dad’s affair scandal. And she plans to talk with them about how the scandal played out.
"I hope to be able to have a very candid conversation with them one day because I hope we will have made it through this and made it out on the other side, and we survived something that was a tough thing," Spelling said of her relationship with McDermott, who was caught cheating with a Canadian woman while he was working in Toronto last year. The 41-year-old actress added that she hopes their four children and McDermott’s teen son will learn that “things aren't always easy and you've got to work on a relationship.”
Spelling also acknowledged that things are good now for the couple and said they’re both committed to moving forward and building a new relationship.
The couple’s relationship woes were documented on the Lifetime reality series “True Tori” earlier this year, and the docu-series included a painful look at their therapy sessions. During the follow-up special, Spelling told host Brooke Anderson that she even planned to show her kids the heartbreaking footage from the show some day.
"I want them to watch this show when they're adults,” Spelling said. “I want to be honest with them, and show them this and talk about this, and say we made it through. I hope to be able to tell them about a happy ending."
While Spelling and McDermott were criticized for airing their painful personal business on TV (some of the tear-filled therapy scenes were definitely hard to watch), the actress never wavered from her decision to keep fans in the loop.
“I needed the chance to tell my own story,” she wrote in a post on her website back in April. “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.”
As for the naysayers who think she should have kicked McDermott out of her life for good, the mom of four later told Us Weekly, "I feel so judged, but it's not black and white.”
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott can now be seen on the GAC reality show "Tori and Dean: Cabin Fever."