TORI Spelling's husband Dean McDermott has admitted to drinking and abusing drugs while opening up about his infidelities.
On this week’s episode of the Whine Down podcast, the father of six confessed he spiraled into a depression before his 2013 cheating scandal, and turned to substance abuse and sex to cope.
The 53-year-old even said he "hated" himself during this time, despite his career success.
Speaking frankly with podcast hosts Jana Kramer and Michael Caussin, Dean said he left his first wife, Mary Jo Eustace, for Tori because he felt instant “fireworks” and “love."
But in 2013, seven years into his new marriage, the TV personality hooked up with a then-28-year-old woman while promoting his gig as host of Chopped Canada in Toronto, according to Us Weekly.
Dean revealed of the cheating: “That episode was about a combination of things. I suffer from depression.
“...Even though I was hosting Chopped Canada, I had a cookbook coming out, I was on fire on the Food Network, I was incredibly unhappy and hated myself."
Dean admitted on the podcast: “I started drinking and started using drugs again, and I needed to fill a hole.”
An affair was the “last thing” the actor was looking for, but “it just happened so easily and just kind of out of the blue” that he didn’t think about it and just “went with it.”
It didn’t end up having the effect he wanted, as he revealed: “It didn’t fill the void, it created this chasm.”
At the time of the scandal, he already had four kids with Tori, as well as one from his previous marriage.
The actress gave birth to their fifth child, Beau Dean, in 2017.
He added during his conversation with Jana and Michael: “Going through everything we’ve gone through, I’m amazed at the resolve of my wife Tori.
“I thought, for sure, it was done. I thought it was done. I thought, ‘Why on earth would you want to be with me?’”
The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum later confronted her husband for the world to see on their reality show, True Tori, shortly after the news of the cheating scandal broke.
Dean went to rehab and cleaned up his act, and the couple stayed together.
Aside from Dean’s cheating, the couple has been dealing with quite a few other challenges over the years.
Most recently, the couple has been dealing with various financial struggles and lawsuits.
American Express sued Tori twice in 2016 for alleged debt totalling more than $100,000, and, later that same year, the state of California slammed her with a tax lien for over $250,000.
The money troubles only continued for the married duo from there, causing them to now owe over $1 million in taxes.
The lien on their property remains intact, according to Radar Online, and they were hit with a federal tax lien of $707,487.
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Because of her lack of money management skills, Tori revealed in the latest episode of her web series that she’s committed to helping her children learn to do better.
She admitted: “I’ve never been good with money, I wasn’t ever taught to deal with money properly, that’s something that’s really important for me to do as I’m learning myself now in my 40s."
“I really want my kids to know that before they move out on their own.”
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