Reality television is often blamed for a slew of relationships that fell apart once the couples began televising their personal lives.
Usually if the failed relationship is brought up at all post-scandal, it's to highlight how the star has moved past the drama and hurt and is now in a positive place in his or her life.
Tori Spelling is a noted exception.
When it was revealed in December 2013 that husband Dean McDermott cheated on her with a 28-year-old woman named Emily Goodhand, Spelling admitted to US Weekly that she was caught off guard.
“He was my soulmate, but he completely broke my heart,” said Spelling in her interview with the magazine. “It makes you not trust anything that's happened in your relationship."
Some persons fear the reason why Spelling wants to focus on McDermott's cheating in her “docuseries” True Tori doesn't necessarily come from a healthy place.
People magazine reports that a supposed long-time friend of Spelling told their magazine, “The decision to do this show is not coming from someone who is in a solid, good place. Tori is very, very upset and angry.”
— Canoe (@Canoe) April 14, 2014
The source added, “A part of her wants to completely humiliate him and make him suffer in front of millions of people. She wants to have some sort of justice.”
If this person is correct, it would mean that McDermott’s betrayal is not being highlighted in an effort to be honest about the state of their marriage and promote forgiveness and healing.
Instead, it’s just her way of getting even. This does not bode well for the troubled marriage.
The friend claims that the series, which will premiere April 22nd on Lifetime, was “all Tori’s idea”.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) December 27, 2013
McDermott is said to be more than willing to cooperate and be filmed discussing the graphic nature of what he did to Spelling for a very simple reason.
"Dean will do anything Tori says right now," stated the source.
The anonymous friend also suggested that putting McDermott in the doghouse in such a public manner will go a long way towards ensuring his faithfulness if they stay together.
“I don't think he'd ever want to go through this again."
— Chopped Canada (@ChoppedCanada) December 6, 2013
The problem with this logic is that if McDermott is suffering from a genuine sex addiction, not even the very public airing of their dirty laundry will keep him faithful.
Perhaps going to such extremes is Spelling’s way of assuring herself that she will be an exception: Spelling and McDermott met and began their love affair while still in relationships with other people.
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