Even though that their marriage seems to be one long rough patch, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott are still together after 12 years.
This despite the fact that Dean’s been caught cheating on multiple occasions and the two of them don’t even really seem to like each other.
Lately, it’s Tori and Dean’s money troubles that have grabbed them the most tabloid headlines, and it’s not hard to see why.
After all, these aren’t typical celebrity money problems like when Johnny Depp was forced to sell his yacht.
No, this is coupon-clipping, mayonnaise sandwich-eating, regular folk poverty.
Last year alone, Tori and Dean were sued twice by American Express for separate outstanding debts totaling $87,595 and $37,981, respectively.
Add to that the couple’s two federal tax liens for $707,487 and $184,390, and it’s plain to see that Tori and Dean are pretty screwed.
Last year, Spelling and McDermott sold their mansion in posh Calabasas and relocated to the considerably less-posh Encino.
But apparently, that wasn’t enough to pull them out of the hole they’re in.
Even after taking several severe austerity measures, McDermott was nearly imprisoned for unpaid child support.
It’s enough to make outsiders wonder what the hell Tori and Dean are doing wrong.
In all likelihood, a combination of factors and circumstances have landed the couple in their current predicament, but those who know them best say the McDermotts’ substance abuse certainly isn’t helping their situation.
It’s sort of a chicken-and-egg situation, as Tori’s pill-popping has reportedly worsened in response to her financial woes, but the consensus seems to be that both she and Dean need to sober up before it’s too late.
“They know their lives and the lives of their kids are hanging in the balance,” a source close to the pair tells Radar Online.
“They have to pull it together before it’s too late.”
Being born extremely wealthy is objectively good in most respects, but it doesn’t prepare you for financial difficulties later in life.
And it seems Tori is beginning to crack under the pressure.
“Tori is losing it, mentally and physically. She’s been depressed, anxious and behaving erratically,” says the source.
"She is crying to anyone who will listen that she feels backed up on a ledge.”
The insider adds that Tori was prescribed various anti-anxiety medications by her doctor, and has since become addicted to the pills:
“Tori has been dependent on the meds,” the informant says.
“They were affecting her behavior. She and Dean decided it would be best for her to wean herself off the pills, so she could be 100 percent present for her husband and her children.”
For his part, McDermott sobered up in 2014 after decades of alcoholism, but he’s reportedly fallen off the wagon in recent months.
“Dean’s drinking led to him cheating on Tori in December 2013,” says the source.
"And this only added to Tori’s stress.”
The insider claims that neither Tori and Dean are completely sober yet, but both have taken steps to curtail their substance intake.
“Once Tori began to get her meds under control, Dean decided to get sober, too,” said the source.
“They know it’s their last chance.”
Yeesh. Look, we might make fun of Tori and Dean a lot here, but it sounds like these two are in desperate need of serious help, and we certainly hope they get it.
It’s not fun to rip on them unless they have their sh-t at least partially together.