Tori Spelling Seeks Divorce from Dean McDermott After 18-Year Union

Tori Spelling Initiates Legal Split, Seeks Custody and Support.

by Nouman Rasool
Tori Spelling Seeks Divorce from Dean McDermott After 18-Year Union
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In a huge Hollywood divorce filing, Tori Spelling, who rocketed to fame with a turn on the iconic TV show "Beverly Hills, 90210," is calling it quits on her marriage with Dean McDermott. The once couple, who held hearts with their romantic on-screen chemistry, took the final curtain call for their reality television show based on their real life.

Spelling filed her divorce papers in Los Angeles Superior Court last Friday. Documents cite that the two have been apart since June 17, citing "irreconcilable differences." She and the Canadian actor share the reality series "Tori & Dean: Inn Love" and the follow-up "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood," which allowed viewers into their lives and family consisting of five children, ranging in ages from 7 to 17.

She is seeking sole physical custody of their children but will be open to joint legal custody with McDermott, as she has signaled that she wants to house the kids while making joint key decisions in bringing them up.

Seeking Financial Support

Meanwhile, spelling is asking the court to also order McDermott to pay spousal support and her attorney's fees during the divorce proceedings, although no details of that support have been provided.

The end of the marriage for Spelling and McDermott will bring down the curtain on a relationship that was followed so closely when it was just budding, perhaps more so because it was the centerpiece of their reality show broadcast on the Oxygen network from 2007 to 2012.

Spelling, 50, is best known for her teen role in "Beverly Hills, 90210" and the movies "Scary Movie 2" and "The House of Yes." She also stars as the daughter of the late television mogul Aaron Spelling, adding to her profile as part of Hollywood royalty.

Dean McDermott is a 57-year-old Canadian actor who is best known for his role in the TV series "Due South" and hosting "Chopped Canada." Both Spelling and McDermott had been married before to other people before coming together; this is Spelling's second trip down the aisle to divorce.

The breaking news leaves the followers and fans of both heartthrobs in reflection on an era that one time offered them merely a peek into the blended world of celebrity and reality, painting them a complex picture of love, family trials, and tribulations of life under the spotlight.