Dean McDermott is opening up about the cause of his breakup with Tori Spelling.
The actor and “Chopped Canada” host spoke out for the first time since his split from Spelling in an interview with the Daily Mail, published Wednesday.
McDermott, 57, says the couple, who had been sleeping apart for a few years, began sleeping around when Spelling, 50, brought pets into their bedroom, including a pig and dogs.
“We know that dogs have accidents, and our dogs in particular had a lot of them. And I couldn’t deal with it anymore,” he told the outlet. “So I created a healthy boundary for myself and said, ‘I can’t do this. I can’t live and sleep in these kinds of conditions.’ I drew that line for myself and moved to another room and things just progressed from there. There was no effort to remedy the problem and get back into the room.
McDermott also told the publication that his longtime substance abuse issues also contributed to the breakdown of their marriage, with the “Beverly Hills, 90210” star spending more time with their five children. McDermott has one child from a previous marriage.
“I isolated myself more and more and she isolated herself with the kids. We were roommates. We rarely ate together. We would sit down and have a family meal but it was always disjointed,” he said. declared. “It made me feel even worse because I knew I was a big part of the problem and I was at a point where I felt like I couldn’t do anything about it.
“The relationship suffers greatly,” he said. “When you’re in a roommate situation and there’s no connection or intimacy, what do you expect?”
USA TODAY has contacted Spelling’s representatives for comment.
The “Open Range” actor also revealed that the failing relationship led to dark thoughts.
“I’ve never been so alone in the same house with six other people, I’ve never been so alone in my life,” he said. “I didn’t know how to get out of the situation I found myself in. I was hurting. I was heartbroken. I was depressed. I hated myself. I didn’t want to live.”
In the interview, he also accused “Hollywood” and his mother-in-law, Candy Spelling, of contributing to the dissolution of their marriage. But McDermott still took some responsibility.
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“I’m going to spend the rest of my life making amends because I took something really beautiful and I tore it down year after year, day after day,” he said.
McDermott announced his split from Spelling on social media in June in a since-deleted Instagram post. Various media outlets spotted the couple with other people.
In July, Spelling told TMZ that she “always looked better alone.” The couple has been through ups and downs since their first marriage in 2006, including McDermott’s infidelity.
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