Tori Spelling: 'Tori & Dean' reality series a "blessing" for her family
By Christopher Rocchio, 06/18/2010
Tori Spelling grew-up on television, and while her two young children are currently doing the same thing on her Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood reality series, she sees it as a positive.
"The reality show has been a blessing for us. It not only shows people how relatable we are, but we also get to stay together as a family -- and that's what is most important. They're two and three, they're in a comfortable zone, it's all family, we have a very small crew," said Spelling during a Wednesday appearance on NBC's Today.
"When they get old enough, if they don't want to be a part of it, the show's done. I tell them that all the time."
Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood's third season recently-concluded its broadcast run on Oxygen but the former Beverly Hills 90210 star has stayed busy promoting her new book -- "Uncharted Territori."
"I thought, 'Oh, it will just be a book about my new life now evolving, motherhood,'" she said on Today.
"Then actually as I was writing, things started to unfold -- my health, reconciliation with my mom, my marriage was on the rocks. So all these things started coming out, and I was like, 'Wow. I really am in uncharted territory.'"
Spelling's health had been a hot topic of conversation, as tabloids alleged she was unhealthy and weighed less than 100 pounds. Spelling subsequently denied the rumors via Twitter and explained on Today why she felt it was important to do so.
"I feel like at this point in my life, I'm a role model for a lot of women out there, and I have a daughter of my own," she said. "So being labeled as too thin, having an eating disorder, it's definitely something I want to address because it's not what's going on."
"Do you have an eating disorder?" asked Today's Ann Curry.
"I do not," replied Spelling. "But I'm labeled it all the time. I think people don't understand how much it hurts. They understand that it hurts to call people overweight, but when you call someone underweight it's just as horrible. It really knocks down your self confidence."
Spelling also recently reconciled with her mom, and she attributed it to her children.
"It's going great. You really realize when you have kids how important family is. They changed everything," explained Spelling. "We came to the point where we thought the past is the past, let's move forward for their sake -- and it's been the best thing I've ever done."
Spelling and husband Dean McDermott renewed their wedding vows last month in a ceremony at a private home overlooking Beverly Hills.
The renewal came after commercials promoting the premiere of Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood showed Spelling stating that she felt McDermott had become "more and more unhappy and angry" and that she missed the way he used to be.
The clip led to talk that the couple was on the verge of divorcing, which Spelling subsequently denied.
"It was a tough year," Spelling told Curry.
"We never discussed parenting issues, then all of a sudden you have two kids in a short amount of time and you realize you have different views on how to raise them. That's really where our breakdown of communication started to happen. So it was a hard year, we got back on track, and we really wanted it to be like a rebirth, so we renewed."