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Dean McDermott Hasn’t Seen Kids in 6 Months, No Amicable Co-Parenting with Tori Spelling

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Earlier this month, Tori Spelling spoke of pressing on through the holiday season despite, well, everything that has transpired this year.

2023 has not been ideal.

In June, Dean McDermott announced the end of their marriage.

Since then, he has done a lot. But in all of that time, he hasn’t seen any of their five shared children.

Dean McDermott Hasn’t Seen Kids in 6 Months, No Amicable Co-Parenting with Tori Spelling
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott attend the Much Love Animal Rescue 3rd Annual Spoken Woof Benefit at Microsoft Lounge on October 17 2019<span class=image caption credit> Photo Credit Rodin EckenrothGetty Images<span>

An inside source opened up to Us Weekly about the awkward tension between would-be coparents Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott.

“Tori and Dean have briefly spoken,” the insider confirmed.

“But the separation and kids situation are still a bit chaotic,” the source detailed.

A photo of Tori Spelling wearing red and appearing on a QVC set, with a mid-November Christmas tree in the corner.
Tori Spelling was looking red and festive in this November 2023 photo Perhaps too festive The tree so early in the year seems downright obscene<span class=image caption credit> Photo Credit Instagram<span>

According to the insider, things pertaining the kids remain in flux “and are not completely resolved.”

The source confirmed the obvious — that divorce is “very likely” on the horizon for Tori and Dean. They are separated and also dating other people, after all.

“It’s a day-by-day process,” the insider detailed. “And things are not completely amicable.”

Dean McDermott red carpet photo
Dean McDermott attends the FOX Summer TCA 2019 All Star Party at Fox Studios on August 07 2019 in Los Angeles California<span class=image caption credit> Photo Credit Alberto E RodriguezGetty Images<span>

While Dean has not had real interactions with his children since his split from Tori in June, he has spoken to them over the phone.

“They haven’t had individual and alone time together in person away from Tori,” the inside source then carefully specified.

Notably, this is a bigger deal for some kids than for others. Liam and Stella re in their mid-teens. Beau, on the other hand, is only 6. These Dean-less six months have been one-twelfth of his entire life.

Tori Spelling ad Dean McDermott pose with their five kids, Dean's son Jack, and more in 2022.
Tori Spelling Dean McDermott and kids Liam Finn Stella Beau Hattie Jack and Lola arrive at Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures at Cryptocom Arena on December 09 2022<span class=image caption credit> Photo Credit Jon KopaloffGetty Images for Feld Entertainment<span>

In June, Dean took to Instagram on one seemingly random Saturday morning to declare that, after 18 years together, he and Tori were over.

This came as a shock to many. On the surface, he and Tori had been doing better than they had in years.

He deleted the post within hours. However, that did not signal a reconciliation.

A jarring light mode screenshot of Dean McDermott's Instagram caption announcing the end of his marriage.
On June 17 2023 Dean McDermott posted this Instagram caption announcing the end of his marriage He deleted it hours later<span class=image caption credit> Image Credit Instagram<span>

As it turned out, Dean was under the influence when he wrote it. And this was far from the first time.

“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,” Dean shared in a tell-all interview last month.

“It ended up with me drinking a fifth of tequila every night, seven days a week,” he admitted. “And a handful of [prescription medications] by myself with a beautiful family in the other room.”

Dean McDermott wears plaid and speaks to the camera from his car. The caption reads
Dean McDermotts 2023 Thanksgiving message offered gratitude for his children He spent the holiday at his sober living home<span class=image caption credit> Image Credit Instagram<span>

“My worst memory with Tori is that last fight when I was drunk and angry,” Dean recalled.

“It was the night that I raged against her and the children and I saw the light, the final flicker of the flame go out in her eyes,” he described.

Dean added: “I posted [the split announcement] that because I was at the end of my rope. I didn’t know what to do. I had burned everything down yet again.”

A photo of Tori Spelling in front of an iHeart Radio photo wall in 2023. She is wearing a red and black crop top and matching skirt.
Tori Spelling attends iHeartRadio 1027 KIIS FMs Jingle Ball 2023 Presented by Capital One at The Kia Forum on December 01 2023<span class=image caption credit> Photo Credit Jesse GrantGetty Images for iHeartRadio<span>

As we reported, Dean sharing Tori’s private pain left her feeling caught “off guard.”

After McDermott’s bombshell interview, a second source told Us that Spelling was caught “off guard.”

“It was a lot of personal information about their family,” an inside source said at the time. “Tori’s been very protective of the kids, given Dean’s rages and outburst.”

Dean McDermott smiles while wearing a sleeveless white shirt and a white ball cap. He is standing outdoors at the 33rd Annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon.
Dean McDermott attends the 33rd Annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon Presented By Bank Of America on September 15 2019<span class=image caption credit> Photo Credit Tasia WellsGetty Images for Nautica<span>

The good news is that Dean’s interview didn’t throw his ex under the bus.

Instead, he affirmed that Tori had encouraged him and supported him — which had turned out to be a thankless chore for her.

Dean did spend much of the summer in rehab. He has since moved into a sober group home. It’s where he spent Thanksgiving.

Stella McDermott Tori Spelling Liam McDermott Dean McDermott and guests attend the 2023 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO at The Kia Forum on January 14 2023<span class=image caption credit> Photo Credit Momodu MansarayGetty Images<span>

The holiday season is upon us. For some, religious holidays have already come, or begun, or are happening today. Others are still waiting for Christmas. And more or less everyone is waiting for New Year’s Eve.

According to an insider, Tori and Dean’s holiday arrangements “are still to be determined.”

“It’s contingent upon Dean’s healing process and commitment to sobriety,” the source emphasized. “It’s still up in the air at this point.”

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