Tori Spelling Gets Real About Surviving Money Woes, Working at Marriage

By ABC News

Nov 6, 2013 10:28am


We’ve never seen Tori Spelling quite like this.

No topic is off limits in her new book, “Spelling It Like It Is,” from the headlines about how she lost her baby weight, to the notion that reality TV might not, in fact, be so real.

“Did I stop eating?” Spelling, 40, asked ABC News’ Cecilia Vega. “No. I in no way, shape or form did anything that was completely unhealthy for my body. Jokingly, I would say, ‘It’s, you know, the stop eating diet.’”

And although the reality-TV star admits certain scenes, such as showing the results of her pregnancy test, from her now cancelled show, “Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood,” were re-enactments, she says, “It doesn’t negate everything we have done for years as being a real family on TV.”

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The mother of four is certainly not afraid to dish about other celebrities as well, such as her crafting idol, Martha Stewart, who Spelling says was less than warm and fuzzy.

“Martha Stewart, with her cold, relentless perfection, is a dying breed,” Spelling writes in her book of the domestic diva.

Victoria Spelling is the daughter of Hollywood royalty, but she says she can no longer afford to live a life of luxury.

“According to Google, you are worth $15 million,” Vega told the actress. “And you say, ‘I want to set the record straight. I didn’t have $1 million.’ That is shocking to a lot of people.”

“Probably,” Spelling responded.

“Set the record straight,” Vega said. “Are you broke?”

“I am not broke. No,” Spelling said.

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When her father, famed TV producer Aaron Spelling, died seven years ago, Spelling reportedly inherited less than $1 million of the family fortune.

“I lost my father. I lost my hero,” she said. “But did I think I would get more? Yes.”

Spelling admits that bad spending habits mean she’s had to scale back, although she still has a masseuse, a live-in housekeeper and was looking for a summer home.

“Hearing them all lumped together, it’s hard to hear it,” Spelling said.

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After she and husband Dean McDermott had their fourth child last year, financial advisers broke the news that there wasn’t enough money for a vasectomy.

“In their minds, it was an extravagance,” Spelling explained.

Today, however, Spellings says the one thing she has been running from her entire life, she now embraces.

“I hated the perception people would put on me about being Aaron Spelling’s daughter,” she said. “The word nepotism, I feel like I was born with it being my middle name.”

Of her six books, this is the first where she has  used her famous last name in the title.

“This is an amazing man,” she said of her father. “I should feel proud to be like, ‘I am Aaron Spelling’s daughter.’”

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