Tori Spelling admits she & Dean McDermott are so broke he can’t get a vasectomy?

Tori Spelling

Well this isn’t a story that I ever wanted to contemplate being true. We’ve already discussed how Star magazine hates Tori Spelling. They’ve devoted several cover stories to her so-called “crumbling” marriage to Dean McDermott.

Since Tori is usually willing to engage Star in battle whenever they print a divorce story, I figured their most recent cover about Tori was a case of revenge. The latest story talked about how Tori and Dean are hurting for money in the worst way. The entire tale was based upon the family taking a roadtrip instead of flying to Canada for their new HGTV cabin-based show. I figured the decision to drive was a practical one because flying with kids is such a hassle. I still maintain that it probably cost as much for gasoline, hotels, and other expenses on a roadtrip as it would for Tori, Dean, and their four kids to fly.

Now Tori admits that she and Dean are having real money problems. Of course Tori is uttering these revelations to promote an upcoming book called The High Life (for the second time today, I can’t find a link on Amazon). She’s talking about money to make money, you know? The weirdest detail about this story is how Tori claims she and Dean had to abandon plans for a vasectomy because they simply can’t afford the procedure. What? A vasectomy usually costs less than $1000. If you can’t afford to get snipped, you certainly can’t afford to have more kids. This story sounds so sketchy:

Tori Spelling

Tori’s cut back: “I haven’t bought a purse in three years. And it’s fine. I look back on that girl who shopped at Gucci in my 20s and I can’t even relate. I can’t believe I thought it was important.”

The root of the problem: “It’s no mystery why I have money problems. I grew up rich beyond anyone’s dreams. I never knew anything else. Even when I try to embrace a simpler lifestyle I can’t seem to let go of my expensive tastes. And then there’s my shopping problem. I’ve bought ridiculous amounts of stuff for the kids, clothing, toys, crafts.”

She blames herself: “We’ve travelled and done crazy things like upgrading hotels at my instigation. I can’t afford to live like this anymore. They say admitting the problem is the first step.”

Job security isn’t there: “We’re in the entertainment business and things chance year to year. We don’t have a series on the air right now, so we have to be more restrictive of what we can spend, just like anyone who doesn’t currently have a steady job.”

She’s teaching her kids differently: “Stella was telling Hattie the other day, ‘that dress you’re wearing, it was my dress first.’ And Hattie’s like, ‘Yeah!’ It made me so happy. I love that they know we hand things down. We’re all about repurposing. It’s a really good value to have.”

[From Daily Mail]

To be perfectly blunt, this situation sucks for Tori and her family. I guess they lost money on real estate investments, and her InventTORI shop didn’t show a profit. At least Tori still has that ABC Family pilot with Jennie Garth, which will hopefully turn into something. If Tori and Dean truly are broke, I’m not sure why they vacationed in Cabo this summer. Strange.

Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling

Tori Spelling

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  1. Samigirl says:

    My insurance paid 100% of my husbands vasectomy…

    • JM says:

      Our insurance covered my husband’s too, less the $60 specialist copay. Is she inferring they have no insurance?

    • Chris says:

      We have insurance too but we would have to pay about $900 out of pocket, up front. Apparently we have crappy insurance.

    • bamafresh says:

      Oddly enough, I’ve heard a lot of celebrities don’t have insurance. Someone in her situation who financially lives in the present just assumes that they can pay for medical expenses in cash…until they can’t.

      • Colu says:

        Insurance didn’t cover my husbands. $500 out of pocket.

      • Bridget says:

        SAG has health insurance,so if she’s acted enough to keep her SAG membership active she’s got access to health insurance.

      • Scarlet Vixen says:

        Our insurance also covered my husband’s vasectomy. I believe it was considered preventative care–like annual checkups and immunizations–and that’s why insurance was willing to pay. It was even done by our family doctor at his usual office, so the cost was quite minimal.

        I hope I don’t get chewed out for this opinion, but I think if they have four children but no health insurance that’s pretty irresponsible. My dad owned his own small business when I was little, and we didn’t have health insurance. Every time one of us got hurt (I’m the youngest of 6 with 4 older brothers, so it happened alot!) my mother would panic because they couldn’t afford it. I had kidney stones at 12yrs old, and my parents took me to some homeopathic quack ‘church friend’ that didn’t do squat. So Tori & Dean need to skip the shopping and vacations to Cabo and get their family some insurance!!

      • Hakura says:

        @Scarlet Vixen – Why would anyone chew you out for a completely rational opinion? You’re absolutely right. There is nothing more important (not counting common sense stuff like food/a roof) than being able to maintain the health of your family. Things happen, kids get hurt or sick, or God forbid end up w/diseases that require expensive treatments like surgery & medications.

        We were lucky that my dad’s job as a paramedic came w/such good insurance… When my (6yrs younger) brother was born, my parents found out he has Cystic Fibrosis, & needed to have several surgeries on his intestines. It was a mess, but insurance covered it. ( he’s done amazingly well, in the top percentile of health, compares to others. Were so lucky.) I can’t imagine what it would’ve cost w/o it. (it was a complete shock, neither realized there was any history of it in their families. I intend to get tested myself. My parents just didn’t want to make that choice for me.)

      • emmie_a says:

        To be fair, we don’t know that they do or do not have health insurance. I’d guess they do have some sort of coverage but maybe their insurance doesn’t completely cover a vasectomy — or maybe the co-pay is too high? Who knows but I don’t get the feeling that Tori is irresponsible.

    • LadySlippers says:

      And condoms are SUPER cheap… So why not go that route?

  2. LadyJane says:

    She looks better with MUCH less makeup. I don’t feel sorry for her financial situation – it is all relative. There are people so poor in this world they eat their own feces and hair.

  3. pao la says:

    Geez they’re so lame.. A vasectomy is not something you REALLY need like i don’t know, heart surgery! i think there are worse things to worry about if you’re married with 4 kids and broke. Famous people really live on another planet.

  4. Dana says:

    When we’re broke we worry about paying for our mortgages, when they’re broke, they worry about how theyre going to put four kids through ridiculously expensive private school and keep all of their real estate. Heres a tip: downsize! Buy a 4,000 sq ft house instead of a 10,000!!!

  5. Christin says:

    There is no shame in admitting to cash flow problems and needing to cut back. The real question is what are they doing about it? The savings from sharing clothing is quickly negated by costs of a vacation.

  6. freya says:

    Maybe they’re not broke in the sense that most people would see as being broke, but broke in comparison to what she was used to growing up? Like maybe, an average income?
    I don’t really believe the vasectomy part. If you have money for Cabo, you have money for a vasectomy.

  7. PrettyTarheelFan says:

    I actually don’t hate to hear this. I don’t hate to hear someone say, “I grew up rich, and I have no idea how to manage money, but I’m trying to learn.”
    I will never be a Tori/Dean fan, but this is more mature than putting a brave face on it and claiming they are fine.
    Of course, the whole point might be to get to people that are ambivalent about her. Fortunately, I have an active dislike, so the needle didn’t move much.


  8. mojoman says:

    Then why doesn’t she ask her husband to start looking for a job?! What the hell is he doing all day??. What a mooch. Relying on Tori thinking she is made out of $$ but alas, no “leaving on a jet-plane” lifestyle for him.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      If it were some other guy, I’d assume that the two heads of the household made the choice for their family and made the choice for themselves for him to work inside in the home, have her work outside of it and strike up a balance regarding their parental duties and time. Even if they have a nanny (which they likely do), four really young kids would turn responsibility into a source of lunacy without some kind of pressure valve. However, he was similarly seen, not heard when he was with his first television wife and they were married for a long time before they became parents, so…I guess he likes being a drain.

  9. DanaG says:

    Why doesn’t she just sell some of her old purses/shoes/designer duds? She would get enough for a few vastecomies. I didn’t go to Cabo so I’m thinking their situation isn’t all that dire. But it gives Tori some good sound bites for her new book. She isn’t going to have another kid is she?

    • Christin says:

      Agree with selling stuff. And they could move to a much less expensive place. And one could get a job outside entertainment. Seems like a well-timed attempt to identify with regular folks.

      • Amory says:

        I agree with your last sentence — I smell some type of sell coming from them soon, and not just the new book. They’re probably pitching a show about living with less.

        I find her innocuous, so no hate here, but I can’t imagine that anyone would ever relate to either one of them. Besides, her money troubles are not forever — she stands to inherit all of the money she wanted earlier.

    • Ginger says:

      I recall that in the past Tori and Dean held a massive garage sale and did get some decent cash. According to Tori, she keeps clothes, etc because certain outfits are sentimental. That’s probably why she doesn’t sell more. I happen to like Tori and Dean but I agree that their idea of “broke” is probably different than mine.

      • Just Me says:

        Wasn’t just a garage sale. She had someone liquidate her stuff on ebay. TONS of stuff. TONS. I came across an antique dressing table set (hand mirror, brush, etc) by accident about 10 years ago, I think, and ended up buying b/c it was what I’d been searching for. Still have them. Felt bad for her then, though, that she had to sell all of her stuff off on ebay. I mean, it was random small stuff. Not just big ticket items. Some things weren’t going for very much at all. I imagine it was a huge lesson in humility in seeing stuff that she’d likely paid a fortune for going for chump change. Would make me sad if she didn’t learn from that. She strikes me as really sweet and down to Earth, despite whatever she’s got going on financially.

      • Mrs Odie says:

        Sentimental won’t pay for the rental.
        Parents of 4 kids don’t have the luxury of sentiment unless you can eat it.

  10. Lflips says:

    “Broke” seems to be a relative term; I’m sure her “broke” is my “rich”. I don’t believe they can’t afford the snip.

  11. Bizaro says:

    Good Lord, is she so broke that she can’t get to the nearest Planned Parenthood?

  12. kt says:

    Her kids look so sad in those pictures :(

  13. Sam says:

    I wonder if this is her way of re-branding herself as a “budget” maven or something. I can’t believe that she does not at least still get some residuals from her TV heyday (hell, her father was the executive producer, I doubt he would leave her so high and dry). Dean also was on the Food Network promoting some kind of cooking venture. I still think this is a bit fishy.

  14. eliza says:

    I don’t see where they are “broke”. I see a woman from a wealthy background who has now matured and who understands the nature of real life, real responsibilities and cutting back. By Spelling standards she might be “broke” but by most standards I am sure they are fine.

    She wants to relate to her book buying audience. I “think” maybe the vasectomy comment is a little tongue in cheek.

    • Hakura says:

      @Eliza – I agree, I think the ‘vasectomy’ comment wasn’t necessarily her being so serious, but a slightly ‘off’ joking way of referring to her small herd of children. I don’t think the comment came across quite the way she may have meant.

  15. Anname says:

    Did she get some sort of inheritance from her father – what happened to that fortune?

    • JM says:

      She got a pittance – her mother got the lion’s share.

    • fingerbinger says:

      Tori and her brother didn’t get much money. Her mother, basically,got all of it.

    • Tara says:

      bitter feuding between her and her mom. that and Candy Spelling is a gambling addict – is a heavy slots player and admits to being compulsive.

    • lucy2 says:

      She reportedly got $800K, her mother claims she got more. In comparison to the estate, it’s small, but to 99.9999% of the population that’s a LOT of money.

    • Bridget says:

      So this bugs me. With a fortune like that, aaron would never have waited until his will to give his children money. The estate taxes would have been enormous – but not for Candy because the money is already hers. Tori and her brother would have had trusts set up from a young age with the lions share of their money.

      • Kate says:

        You are dead on Bridgit. The estate planning I’m sure is far more complicated than anyone is letting on; however, it is entirely possible that if he created trusts for his kids, the rules of the trust limit their access to the funds. A lot of the money could be going to various charities, etc. Michael Bloomberg, for example, is setting his estate up such that virtually all of his money will be used for philanthropic endeavors, including the money he leaves for his kids.

      • Bridget says:

        @Kate – at this point Tori is well over pretty much any of the standard ages for accessing her trust. And you can’t designate that someone else’s trust fund go to charity.

      • GiGi says:

        @Bridget – Not necessarily… I’ve a close friend whose father passed away suddenly. His children range from 45 to 55 and their (rather large) trusts are set up in chronilogical disbursements so that they can’t blow through the money all at once.

        Perhaps Tori and Randy have this sort of arrangement. It’s not unheard of to disallow receipt of trust funds until late in life, or to have it distributed in small amounts over time.

      • Bridget says:

        @gigi, I didnt say it couldnt be set up chronologically, njust that she was past the age of the typical chronological disbursement.

        Plus, my point was that the whole ”Tori didn’t get money from her father’s will” thing is only half the story. She would have gotten her money way before his death in a trust.

    • GiGi says:

      Tori did inherit $800,000 ish – but after estate taxes that ends up being only around $400,000. I realize that seems like a great sum of money, but it’s not “set for life” money by any stretch, no matter where you live.

      I live in the middle of the country and any estate planner here will tell you the amount needed to retire comfortably is in the millions – and I’m nowhere near LA.

      I do think her children have $10mil each in trust – which is fantastic. But it’s been said that Randy and Tori were not provided for “properly” by Aaron’s estate – that he was generous with them while alive, but the money was his.

      • Green Girl says:

        Thank you, this is where I am on the inheritance issue. It’s definitely a nice sum that can help someone start a business and you could live off the money, but not indefinitely.

      • Bridget says:

        He was generous while he was alive: ie he gave them their portion of the inheritance when it wouldn’t be taxed at about 50 percent as it would be as an estate. Seeing as the federal limit for monetary gifts is 12k per anum, it would have been in the form of a trust. Tori had her own money, she just blew through it, but that doesn’t fit with her new narrative of ‘cut out of the will, going it alone’

      • jane says:

        He was generous while alive ? That kind of generosity isn’t good for the kids.
        Raising them with bottomless riches and then saying ‘oh, now you’re adult, go fend for yourself in the real world is not my idea of good parenting or real generosity. Just like you don’t release exotic pet in the wild.

  16. janie says:

    Wow! Is this really true? I think with her last name we assume she’s rich. Her mom is a billionaire & Tori is broke? It’s hard to buy this story.

  17. GiGi says:

    I do wonder if this is a true “no money left” broke or a “no current income” broke…. because those are definitely different in my book.

    Perhaps they have money saved but until they start earning, they have to really budget? I get that.

  18. fabgrrl says:

    Can’t afford a vasectomy? I know that my insurance would have covered my husband’s vasectomy, if he had gotten one. She’s still acting, right? Wouldn’t she have SAG insurance? for herself and her family?

    Besides, she can just go into Planned Parenthood for an IUD, and pay what she can afford.

    • PrettyTarheelFan says:

      How is SAG insurance? Does anyone know? I would think it would be along the lines of senator insurance, since they are part of the top tier, but then I thought about all the people just scraping by as actors, and now I am curious.
      Our insurance is going to cover an IUD 100%, so yipppeeee!!!! One and done, baby!

      • fabgrrl says:

        I’m not sure, but I *think* it is supposed to be pretty good.

        My insurance covered my IUD too. I love it! We don’t have to think about birth control at all.

      • GiGi says:

        SAG insurance is pretty great – and there’s a ton of features not included in standard policies. (Things like that retirement home for actors…. I can’t remember the name now). Besides being able to make SAG scale minimums, the insurance is the real benefit. Yes, you have to maintain your SAG membership and of course pay premiums. But if they’re paying $15,000/month in rent… they can afford insurance, vasectomies, whatever they want, really.

  19. Celeste says:

    Meh. Drumming up sympathy to sell books. Boring. I’m surprised she hasn’t started a gofundme page to raise funds to snip the hubby.

  20. Quinn says:

    All I have to say is…WOW, she looks better without that black eyeliner.

  21. Ag says:

    Ehm, ok. There are IUDs. Condoms. The pill – which is now sold without co-pay, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. So, utilize any of those options, people.

  22. mkyarwood says:

    Kids look miserable, but it’s likely because it’s a night event, flash bulbs, people shouting at them, etc. The one baby boy looks fine, haha. LESS MAKEUP for all. As for the story… who cares?

  23. GeeMoney says:

    Why can’t her mother help her out? That woman is worth well over $100 million, and can’t help out her only daughter and 4 grandkids?

    Candy doesn’t need all of that money. Now granted, Tori is an adult and should be able to spend within her means, but damn.

    • Amory says:

      Why should she help out? It’s her money, and thank goodness there are parents who still think that adult kids who are married with 4 kids and are fully abled people should be able to make a living. She had a huge head start from her family, including a nearly one million dollar inheritance.

      Children have no right to their parents’ money. They gave her an incredible, privileged life.

      • GeeMoney says:

        They gave her such a privileged life, and apparently didn’t even teach her how to manage her finances, or to be responsible with spending her money. Couldn’t her mom or dad at least do that for her?

        And yes, while I agree that Tori is an adult and is responsible for herself and her own, what is her mom going to do with ALL of that money?

        And PS – I don’t know where you live, but in LA, $1 million doesn’t go very far, especially when you grew up in $50+ million home (with 100+ rooms, nonetheless) and was used to spending money like it was NOTHING.

      • Quinn says:

        I think Candy has proven herself to be a mean-spirited woman. I think not sharing Aaron’s wealth kind of sucks…she didn’t earn that money any more than Tori did. I can’t remember the story, so I don’t know if Aaron’s will specified that Tori ONLY get 800K, or if Candy inherited all his money, and she made that decision. But either way, you reap what you sow…if Tori can’t manage her money as an adult, perhaps it’s because she was raised to believe it grew on trees. I liken it to a normal person suddenly having a budget of $20.00 per month to live on…that’s probably the case for Tori, given the unlimited budget she was used to. I wonder how much money she made for 90210? It’s still playing on Soap Net, so surely there must be residuals, right?

      • Amory says:

        @ GeeMoney – How do you know that they didn’t teach her anything — perhaps she refused to apply herself, or she just isn’t that bright. In any event, my original comments stands. Sick of people who think that their parents money is somehow their money. It is not her business how the mom spends her money, and as that man’s wife, you better believe she “earned” it. She was very much part of that partnership.

        Bill Gates had made very clear that his kids will not inherit his millions – he wants them to actually make something for themselves. Frankly, I doubt Tori would have worked at all had she inherited — her dad did her a favor.

      • GeeMoney says:

        @ Amory – I read Tori’s first book, STORItelling, and from what she wrote, her father spoiled her. Rotten. Hell, b/c it doesn’t snow in LA, her father had a snow machine put out in their insanely huge backyard and generated it for her as a child so that she could have a White Christmas. Must be nice to be rich.

        I don’t think her father ever told her that she wouldn’t inherit any money until right before he passed. Now granted, she did live in her own place after 90210 got big, and still kept shopping the way she did. And I think that her dad said she was on her own once the show took off, and wouldn’t help her out financially. But how do you spoil a child rotten for 18 years and then just turn them out on the street and say “figure it out on your own”??? To me, that’s a little irresponsible.

        I’m not hard core defending her… she’s an adult, and should take care of herself and her family on her own dime. I was just thinking that her mom could have helped her out a little (I mean, she could loan her like, $100K or something). I know that if my mom was rich like that, she would have done it for me.

      • Carol says:

        In the last years of his life, Aaron watched his daughter cheat on her husband and hook up with some third rate actor who left his wife and two children. I wouldn’t be surprised if he thought of Dean as a gold digger. Then after he died and she found out she wasn’t getting much, Tori started publicly trashing her mother as possibly having had an affair while her dad was sick. Not surprising Candy hasn’t raced over with an open checkbook.

        I was an estate planning attorney for years. It doesn’t surprise me that Aaron left the majority in trust for his wife. The marital deduction is unlimited, and most people choose to delay the estate taxes as long as possible.

      • nicegirl says:

        I agree. Children have no rights to their parents money.


        what the heck is wrong with sharing? making sure everyone has enough?

        It’s not like you can take it with you!

        I think it is selfish to see your family struggle while you live in your manse well above the fray. GROSS.

        The whole attitude is sickening. Many people are poor. They live in poverty. They are homeless, sad, sick and afraid. Conversely, many people are wealthy. They live very well. Some have much more than they need, and generations of their families will have much more. It is a sad and sorry state of affairs when no one is inclined to share. A global problem.

      • Amory says:

        I just read some of the book excerpts on Radar. Turns out mommy has helped, more than once, and it didn’t matter. To Tori’s credit, she’s not asking her mom for help. And you know what, I don’t think it would help. She would just burn through what she was given. Perhaps her parents did her a disservice when she was younger, but for the love of all things holy, move on. She’s 40, and knows how to educate herself.

  24. Murphy says:

    Didn’t they know-after she almost died while pregnant with Finn-that she was done having kids? Should have had them do a tubal while she was open on the table.

  25. aemish says:

    Those kids look miserable… maybe she should leave them home if they don’t feel like being paraded down the red carpet

  26. Andrea says:

    I call bull on this. My mother is law is loaded and is alway claiming to be broke. It’s really annoying. It’s a thing rich people do . . . It’s how they stay rich, “no, can’t afford it, I don’t have the money.” meanwhile they have $1,000s in the bank. She’s got to still be racking in money from Saved by the Bell and Beverly Hills 90210. I bet, she just wants her Mother to pony up more money for her. Candy must be mortified her daughter is claiming poverty . . . well, poverty by Beverly Hills standards anyways ;)

    • GiGi says:

      We have a design/build company and this sounds like many of our clients! They’re constantly whining about the cost of things – totally elective and luxury costs, btw. Like, “I cannot believe this shower door is $2500! But did you see the 7 80″ TVs we bought over the weekend!?!? Won’t they look great in the new house!!!”

    • nicegirl says:

      I’m not married, but my “honorary” MIL is exactly the same way. I bought it, for real, because I was raised in true poverty.

      UNTIL she asked me to print out the tax return her accountant had emailed her last year when she was visiting us (out of state) and needed to sign it before mailing it to the IRS. Since seeing her income as reported to the IRS, I AM OVER IT. Get real, honey.

  27. lucy2 says:

    I feel like she’s exaggerating this for attention and some sort of media play/re-branding.
    I will give her credit for admitting she has problems managing her money. There’s no excuse for her not to be set for life, between 90210, book deals, the inheritance, etc. She is always doing something, it seems. As for her husband…

  28. Bridget says:

    Wow, how much money do you think Tori has blowm through over her adult life? The 90210 money, the reality show money, and what I would imagine was a very sizeable trust fund? This must not have been what Dean signed up for when he left his wife and baby to live the high life.

  29. Kiddo says:

    That’s BS, not buying it one bit.

  30. Jaded says:

    Guess that leech of a husband of hers is going to have to get a real job instead of sliding along on Tori’s coat-tails. Or dress-tails….whatever, he needs to sell his motorcycle collection and start bringing home some serious bacon. Say what you will but Tori has always been a hard worker, the hardest of the two.

  31. Kate says:

    I am guessing that her definition of broke and mine are 2 very different animals.

  32. Frida_K says:

    The Beverly Hills Joad. My, my, my.

    Where will their migration take them? To Reseda?

  33. Kiki says:

    Question: Don’t you guys get the vasectomy done for free at your local clinic? Mexico’s health system is not great but we do get this procedure done easily (we just have to wait a while for our appointment.)

    • shannon says:

      No, the only procedures that are required to be free of cost are an annual physical and a copay for doctors prescribed contraception (which does not include permanent sterilization). And this is only because of Obamacare. And only if you have insurance.

  34. phillykatt says:

    Sorry to be mean, but this woman is painfully unattractive, even after all those plastic surgeries. If her father wasn’t a producer she would have never had an entertainment “career” in the first place, especially since she has minimal talent.

  35. Rita says:

    This story is 100% pre-reality show crap. Given her $800,000 inheritance, 90210 salary, as well as her earnings from their reality show, they’re swimming in money.

  36. Ok says:

    She cannot afford to get her husband a vasectomy because the terms of her Trust Fund are that she gets a lump sum of $10 million at the birth of each child.

    And that is just the beginning.

    Her branding depends on her being relatable to the public. There are not many people in the general population that can relate to trust fund babies, so she keeps that information hidden

    She is an incredibly shrewd businesswoman

  37. Emily C. says:

    This is a complete lie. My husband got a vasectomy years ago, and we were really and truly very very broke. I don’t know why they’re trotting out a lie that is so obvious to pretty much everyone, vasectomies being as common as they are. Plus, uh, ever heard of birth control? Or how about doing sexual things that cannot lead to pregnancy?

    I didn’t care about her before but now I loathe her. I do not appreciate this kind of lie.

  38. LucyT says:

    Tori crying broke is like Kate Gosselin crying broke both are full of Sh*** and will do and say anything to sell a book or to stay on TV.

    The “we can’t afford for Dean to get a vasectomy” sound like BS.

  39. Tracy says:

    The little girl looks pretty miserable in front on the camera. :-(

  40. Holden says:

    If you have made as much money as she has and are broke, you have some serious money management issues. Does she seriously think the TV shows are just going to keep rolling in in perpetuity? I’m sorry – they’re not that interesting.

  41. jane26 says:

    If anyone needs a vasectomy, it’s him.

  42. Sassy says:

    I’m guessing her version of “broke” is much different than mine or anyone I know. And wow, the kids all look soooo much like their dad!

  43. Penelope says:

    Her kids don’t look very happy in these pictures.

  44. serena says:

    It’s not like she has money issues and she is in no way poor. It’s kind of insulting saying that Dean can’t have a vasectomy because of money.. no freaking way I believe it.

    ‘Just like anyone’.. please stfu.

  45. lisa says:

    i consider the 10 or so yrs she spent as donna martin to have been a way for her father to funnel her money. she would have never had a career otherwise. if she cant handle her money, i dont want to hear it. esp with that unemployed sperm donor hanging on. get a job.

  46. neelyo says:

    This just sounds like publicity for the story arc of their next (?) season of that stupid reality show.

  47. daisy says:

    Planned parenthood does it for free

  48. Hank says:

    Does he not have a degree in anything? Reminds me of Jessica’s Simpson’s fiance. No aspirations for a career other than following you famous wife around.

    I think McDonald’s is always hiring, no?

  49. Suzy from Ontario says:

    Plus he’s Canadian and could easily get one done in Canada for free

    • Jillyro says:

      It doesn’t work quite like that, just because he is Canadian, it doesn’t mean automatic free health care (or all US based Canadians would come here for that). All Canadian citizens and PERMANENT residents are eligible for health insurance in Canada (emphasis on PERMANENT). Canada’s public health care system is funded through taxes and administered by the provinces and territories (so it may look “free”, but we pay for it in a roundabout way). Just to clarify why he wouldn’t be eligible…

    • mazzie says:

      Also, if you’re living in another country you have to opt out of the universal health care system. I lived abroad for a year, I told them and they said I had to opt out during that time as I would not be paying taxes (which pays for our insurance.)

  50. Sukiyumyum says:

    Does anyone know the designer name for her dress? (The grey, blue, black and white one) Love it!

  51. Gina Sherrard says:

    Well thank goodness she can get free healthcare with obamacare! Oh wait….

  52. WendyNerd says:

    I feel bad for them. I actually kind of understand what she’s talking about. A lot of rich households never get around to teaching their kids about money, assuming they’ll always have it. As a result, people will be raised like this where the money never ends and simply fall into habits that are hard to break because it’s the only life they’ve ever known. You don’t learn how to cut corners or look for bargains and you don’t know how to budget or about products that are less expensive. I was lucky. My parents were never Spelling-rich. But the income in our family has varied greatly. My parents were raised Blue Collar and worked their way up. I was a kid when they were still struggling and while I’ve been the poor kid, later on, thanks to my parents’ success, I eventually got to be the privileged kid too. When I was a young kid, I was one of the poorest kids in my neighborhood/school. Then, in my teens, my Dad started a successful business and we were well-off. But my parents were smart, they didn’t just start spoiling me because they could afford it. They gave me a generous allowance, but I had to do my chores to get it and I had to pay for my school meals myself. I got great gifts on my birthday, Hannukah, and Christmas, but they were relative to how little trouble I got into and how decent my grades were, and aside from that, anything special I wanted — any fancy clothes I didn’t necessarily need, music, movies, etc, I paid for myself out of babysitting money and part-time jobs which they made sure I had. I was and am a fairly spoiled kid, my parents pay for my college (which I never really appreciated until I got here. Not having to worry about student loans for my undergrad is such a relief and allows me to save for grad school), and paid for me to go to private high school. But they made sure I knew a few things about money and that I had to work for things. For instance, in High School, my grades started slipping, so my Mom and Dad said they weren’t going to pay out the ass for me to slack off in school and gave me the choice to pay half my tuition until my grades improved or leave school where all my friends were. Working extra shifts and spending the entirety of your weekends and most of your week nights at an understaffed superstore while preparing for the PSATs will really get your head on straight. It only took half a semester until I didn’t have to pay anymore. But a lot of parents don’t do those things. They give their kids everything because they can. Tori’s High School job was starring on a teen drama, not working minimum wage at a pool chemical supply store. She was never going to learn about budgets.

    However, what irks me about her statements are the ones about hand-me-downs. Even when my parents were at the height of their income (they’re retired now), I STILL got hand-me-downs from my sister. It didn’t matter that I was now going to private school, that we were going on nice vacations, my parents had nice cars, or that I got nice gifts on my birthday, Hannukah and Christmas (bi-religious household), I still got hand-me-downs from my sister. I never considered it a “rich or poor” thing. More of a “my sister had nice clothes she really couldn’t wear anymore so she just gave them to me since we’re about the same size” thing. Some of them are the best clothes I own because while she was in College, I was in High School and going through the “buy crappy clothes that will tear and stretch out in three months just because they look cute and come from a trendy store” phase which she had already gotten over and was buying clothes that actually lasted. She simply doesn’t wear them much anymore because she’s a lawyer and has to work constantly requiring she wear office clothes 99% of the time and has no use for her old stuff, so I take it. I did this back when my parents were making excellent money, when they were making no money, when they were making okay-money, etc. It’s something I thought was normal for everyone from the 1% to people on welfare.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      But Donna Martin graduated twenty years ago. She’s in her forties, she’s had time to learn for herself what no one bothered to teach her.

    • Justme says:

      When thousands are losing their jobs and homes and finding it hard to find REAL WORK, many in a much worse situation. I do not feel sorry for Tory Spelling. She should sell that warehouse of antiques she bought excessively and all her designer clothes and shoes and put the money in a savings accout and be careful. Oh and get real jobs where they actually work away from the cameras, you know, like real folks do.

  53. Daniel says:

    bottom line her family is incredibly rich and I’m sure she has assets that are at least $1 million or more that she can sell, including going into a smaller house. This is all total BS to sell her book. I wish I had her problems, lol!

  54. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    When my family was broke, we didn’t go on any vacations. Because, y’know, THAT’S WHAT POOR IS.
    You not getting treats is not being broke, lady.

  55. Sheila says:

    I do not feel bad for them. Most of us watch our pennies and try and live within our means. They obviously spent, spent, spent with an attitude of “we will get another show, because we are famous”, not realizing that reality TV has a short life span (and they were actually lucky to get a few years run on several shows). I watched a few times and she spent out of control and threw a party for every little thing. Yes she was born rich and was never shown otherwise, but she hasn’t had her Dad’s money in YEARS and YEARS, so she should have known better (plus she married an sometimes/rarely working actor).

  56. Justme says:

    Oh and why do i get the feeling this poor-us talk is aimed towards her Mother??? Sounds like Tori is telling her rich Mom her money woes through the press.

    • Cindy says:

      ITA, she knows the best way to get attention from Candy is in the press. Candy is rumored to be a very superficial, narcissistic mom. Hence all of Tori’s plastic surgeries. After Tori wrote her book and had her reality show and portrayed her mom as such, her mom cut her off and they were estranged for a while. Later Tori had kids, she and her mom re-established their relationship. I think her statements are to embarrass her mom into being more generous with her fortune. The tell for me is the hand me down clothing comment, since Candy is really into looks and dressing up. And for such a superficial and wealthy woman like Candy to have her grand children in hand me downs or second hand clothing and have all her chic friends know it, would sting.

    • Amory says:

      In excerpts from the book (on another site), she claims that her mom has helped them numerous times, and that she doesn’t want to keep asking for help.

  57. Crabcake says:

    I like her. I cant help myself.

  58. Learned One says:

    Dear Tori: Think of all the money you could save on a vasectomy by purchasing condoms….!

  59. Jennifer12 says:

    Well, she was desperate for this loser husband of hers, so desperate she and he broke up their marriages. And she is addicted to having kids. You can’t afford it, you don’t keep having them and keep making excuses about you just have to buy them stuff. They’re not pet ocelots. I wonder what her husband is doing to help the situation. And isn’t her mother wealthy beyond belief?

  60. Daniel says:

    LOL! The “average” person could probably live off the money they could make just selling one of their fancy cars for like 2 years. LOL!

  61. Sara says:

    I still don’t understand why her mom won’t share the money.

  62. courtney says:

    not all rich Kids are as spoiled as Tori was and still acts to this day. sure she inherited only 800,000 from her dads estate upon his death unlike Say Paul Newman’s daughters who each inherited 5,000,000 upon his death not that they live as over the top as Tori does. maybe their insurance doesn’t pay for elective surgeries or has a very high premium/detectable on said surgeries

  63. nicegirl says:

    Tori, girl, if you are REALLY BROKE, the State of California’s medical plan, or their version of medicare, formerly called MediCal, will cover YOUR own TUBAL LIGATION.

    I do not know about a vasectomy, and I get that it is a much less invasive surgery than a tubal ligation for a lady, but GIRL YOU CAN DO THIS! It sucks but it is an option. Not sure if waiting for KFed Jr to do it is a great idea, though. Children cost way more than a grand.

  64. MavenTheFirst says:

    They have no family or friends to spot them a thou for a vasectomy? Seriously?!

  65. Veronica Lodge says:

    I can’t, can’t drum up empathy for Tori Spelling. I appreciate she is living in a life style she is not accustomed to, but grow the fuck up! My family lost a lot of money after the crash, I stopped working after having a child but I’m getting divorced, now. So I have to go out and get a job with a highly different lifestyle. I’m going from Nordstroms to Nordstrom’s Rack. And I’m working at an office during the day and at Target at night. Get a job, Tori and Dean! you have a financial adviser…Not that broke, ASSHOLES!

  66. GSE says:

    I’m sure her “broke” is a helluvah lot different than my broke.

  67. Jeanette says:

    More like she is trying to shame Momma Money bags outta some cash and they are on the outs again..

  68. Jeanette says:

    Didnt we just see a post not so long ago about a lavish birthday for one of the kids? Priorities..

  69. Katie says:

    She might want to take the photos off of her blog from Stella’s extravagant birthday party. I’m sure that party cost more than a 1.000 bucks. Uhm… they don’t have medical insurance? None of this makes any sense. Cabo,fabulous birthday parties… the gas/hotels from the road trip. A broke person would have put all of that money toward a vasectomy rather than chance having another baby they couldn’t feed. Maybe someone should tell Tori the truth.. Passing down clothes from child to child should be the norm for every family. That is nothing to brag about. What Tori needs to do is sale all of those unnecessary items she mentions she bought. That’s what the rest of us would do if we were in need of cash. Sale, sale, sale. Growing up rich has nothing to do with her ability to balance a checkbook. Just saying.

  70. Nina W says:

    I hate that horrible dark lipstick she always wears, not flattering at all.

  71. Just Me says:

    I’m so glad I’m not celebrity. That is all.

  72. Kate says:

    My guess is she’s still living rich, but they’ve overextended themselves. They can maintain their current lifestyle, but every cent is spoken for so they don’t have a spare grand lying around for a vasectomy.

    I know people like this. They have the great house, the cars, kids in the best schools etc., but all their outgoings mean they have almost no disposable cash and certainly no savings.

  73. YEEESUS says:

    she must have paid out a fortune for Dean’s lobotomy, even though that should have been covered by humanity.

    please post her account number I will put in my five cents.

  74. Jennifer says:

    her little girl looks sad. :(

  75. Meg says:

    I want to feel no sympathy for her when she says things like, ‘the other day i went in the gas station to get my kids water and walked out after spending $50. they had dvds on sale.’
    you want to scream, ‘just don’t buy what you can’t afford!’ but it’s tough when the people you surround yourself with, friends, your kids friends’ parents, neighbors, etc. are of a certain income level and its part of your lifestyle. friends of mine since high school currently make more money than i do and its tough to hang out because her taste and interests are things i just can’t afford. it prevents us from hanging out very often. you don’t want to lose your friends so you tell yourself it’s ok, friends mean more than money. asking your friends to compromise and do things on the cheap, they feel like ‘why should i have to downgrade? i work hard so i can afford certain things.’
    meeting new people who are thrifty is necessary to change, but again, you see less of your old friends so all and all it’s tough.

  76. the original bellaluna says:

    It’s called Planned Parenthood, Tori. Research it.