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Tori Spelling understands that being in tabloids is part of the curse of being a celebrity. But when it comes to her children, gossip reporters had better back off.
Star magazine went too far for the 39-year-old Beverly Hills, 90210 actress when it ran a cover story proclaiming that she and husband Dean McDermott were headed for a "$300 Million DIVORCE!" Among the mag's assertions were:
"Dean wants her mom's money too"
"Tori catches him with other women"
"Dean's sick porn obsession revealed"
"His cruel taunts: You're too fat!"
But it was a photo of Spelling's family with the tag, "Who will get the kids?" that really set her off. See, Spelling's children saw that magazine cover while they were in a grocery store, and it made the little ones think they would soon need a new home.
That's why Spelling took to her personal blog, ediTORIal, and wrote a post titled "An Open Letter to Star Magazine." She calls the magazine out on being an outlet that "writes whatever story they want and repeatedly uses the generic word 'sources' to add an air of legitimacy." She adds that, while she usually ignores stories of this ilk, "this time I had to comment because this time I'm answering not as a celebrity but as a mom."
Spelling writes: "My son Liam is turning 6 in a couple weeks. His proudest achievement so far in his young life is that he is learning to read. ... 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 continues: "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?'"
Spelling acknowledges that she has been the target of tabloid gossip since she was 16, but the fact that her children were affected this time made it more personal. Trying to explain why a publication would print anything but the truth was not easy, she explains.
"Stella, my literal one, just kept saying 'But then why is it on the magazine? Magazines are true.' I wish that were always the case," Spelling writes.
"Again, you want to make inaccurate low blows at someone Star? Go for me! I can handle it. I always have," she asserts. "But don't do it to a man that has done nothing but loved me and our children. ... Our children should never have to bear witness to lies and fabrications that affect their lives so that a media outlet can make money. That will always be wrong!"
We are 100 percent behind Spelling in this case. Gossip magazines are quick to stick famous celebrity children like Suri Cruise and the Jolie-Pitt brood on their covers, but never seem to give a second thought to how it will affect those kids -- kids who had no choice in growing up under the glare of the paprazzi lens. It's a sad reality that lies about celebrities are published to begin with, but seriously -- leave the kids out of it.