Whether fans believe it or not, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott are still married. In fact, they recently celebrated their anniversary, vacationing together to "reconnect."
But apparently, it still wasn't enough to mend their broken marriage.
In fact, Tori has reportedly walked away from Dean ... and is spending more and more time with her mother, Candy. The one who has never liked Dean.
RadarOnline reports that Tori Spelling has walked away from Dean and is seeking comfort in Candy Spelling's home, according to friends of the couple.
And while that might do wonders for Tori's current issues, it may spell doom for her marriage.
"Candy has never liked Dean."
A lot of in-laws may have issues with their, well, in-laws. It sounds like Candy has found Dean to be a disappointment.
"And she’s the first one to say ‘I told you so’ to her daughter."
Tori went to her anyway, though.
"But Tori has five kids and had nowhere else to turn."
Tori has had a troubled history with her mother.
Over a decade ago, Tori's father, TV mogul Aaron Spelling, passed away.
The sudden death of a loved one can cause strain in any family. Add a financial element, and it can create an enduring rift that lasts for years.
See, Tori only inherited $800,000 from her father. His widow, Candy, controls the $600 million fortune.
Tori and Dean have struggled with finances over the years, which has been widely attributed to their lackluster careers and to their spending habits.
Candy is not unfeeling -- she's been doing a lot to support them.
"She’s been paying the couple’s monthly rent, buying groceries and paying for the children’s private school."
It looks like things are much better between Tori and Candy. That's good news ... but maybe not happy news for Dean.
"Now that Tori has run off to Candy’s house, maybe Dean will realize how dire this situation is and find a way to keep the family intact."
Sometimes, it takes something big to function as a wakeup call.
"With Tori out of commission, Dean is changing diapers, driving the kids back and forth to school, and cooking meals."
Well ... that's a normal part of being a parent. Apparently this is a bit of a change for him, which is ... illuminating if true.
"And he’s exhausted."
Candy has apparently suggested, and the couple has reportedly agreed, that the kids and Tori could spend a couple of nights a week with her ... ostensibly to give Dean a break.
"She’s telling Tori that this will work wonders for her marriage."
But this source claims that Candy has an ulterior motive.
"But really, Candy’s goal is to get her away from Dean for good."
Instead of trying to push for that directly, she's allegedly taking baby steps to make Tori reach that conclusion.
"Two days a week is just the first step."
Apparently, a big motivator for Candy was seeing Tori's mental health scares.
"Candy felt she could no longer sit by and watch Tori unravel, so she jumped into action and opened her doors."
And she reportedly hopes that this will all work out for her family. Well, for the parts of her family that she values.
"Candy is a shrewd woman, and is hoping Tori may finally be ready to walk out."
This sounds like it could ultimately lead to what's best for Tori and the kids. A closer relationship with Candy and perhaps even less stress.
But ... is it true?
A lot of it sounds like speculation about Candy's motives, so we cannot help but feel a little leery.
Perhaps, in time, the truth will become clear.