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On Wednesday, Dean McDermott broke his silence on his split from Tori Spelling.

Despite all of the drama that 2023 brought to their family, he largely flew under the radar between his abrupt separation announcement and his recent outings with Lily Calo.

Though Dean acknowledged his shortcomings, we know that Tori has to be hurting. It’s never easy for the world to learn details of your once-private pain.

Tori’s follow-up to Dean pouring out his heart might be a little shady. It’s also much funnier than you’d expect.

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Tori Spelling was looking red and festive in this November 2023 photo. Perhaps too festive. The tree so early in the year seems downright obscene. (Photo Credit: Instagram)

On Wednesday, November 15, Tori Spelling took to her Instagram Story to share a photo of an on-again, off-again menu item.

The McRib is a thing of legend. The McDonald’s sandwich evokes disgust in some, desire in others, and fascination by many. It’s like a magical object from a fantasy story, but we suppose that “McGuffin” might be too on the nose to be a sandwich name.

Tori shared a photo of one such sandwich box, quipping: “The comfort of an old friends returns just when you need them the most.”

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People do not give Tori Spelling enough credit. She’s genuinely hilarious. (Image Credit: Instagram)

We don’t think that Tori’s post is meant to be an ad. As we understand it, sponsored content requires certain acknowledgments — not just a product photo and a tag.

Tori was clearly showcasing her sense of humor — and reminding us all about the on-again, off-again menu item.

But it also really looks like Tori was responding, in her own and very indirect way, to the words of her ex.

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Dean McDermott attends the FOX Summer TCA 2019 All-Star Party at Fox Studios on August 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Just hours before Tori’s post, Dean McDermott opened up to the Daily Mail about the end of his 18-year marriage to Tori.

Five months ago, Dean announced that his marriage was over. No one really expected it … especially since it came on a random Saturday morning. Later that day, he deleted it.

Among other things, he shared that he had made that short-lived announcement while under the influence. Making it, he said, prompted Tori to encourage him to seek treatment. It’s why he’s now sober.

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On June 17, 2023, Dean McDermott took to Instagram to announce his separation from Tori Spelling. That was very early on a Saturday morning. Hours later, he deleted the post. (Image Credit: Instagram)

“All Tori’s ever done to this day is want me to be happy and healthy and I inflicted a lot of damage and pain on that woman,”

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Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott attend the Much Love Animal Rescue 3rd Annual Spoken Woof Benefit at Microsoft Lounge on October 17, 2019. (Photo Credit: Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Dean shared that, over the past two decades, he has spiral into worsening abuse of alcohol and of prescription drugs.

As we know, he publicly cheated on Tori during their marriage.

Dean is the first to acknowledge that the beginning of his romance with his ex was “a total fairytale.”

Dean McDermott smiles while wearing a sleeveless white shirt and a white ball cap. He is standing outdoors at the 33rd Annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon.
Dean McDermott attends the 33rd Annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon Presented By Bank Of America on September 15, 2019. (Photo Credit: Tasia Wells/Getty Images for Nautica)

“I mean, it was a beautiful love story,” Dean expressed.

“Love at first sight,” he recalled, “and getting married in the most beautiful way possible.”

Obviously, things did not stay that way.

Stella McDermott, Tori Spelling, Liam McDermott, Dean McDermott and guests attend the 2023 iHeartRadio ALTer EGO at The Kia Forum on January 14, 2023. (Photo Credit: Momodu Mansaray/Getty Images)

Dean shared that he attended rehab over the summer to help him with his substance abuse issues.

He also shared that has not seen their five children since June.

His hope is that he will soon be able to spend time around them and around Tori. She is his ex, but he clearly has a tremendous amount of affection for her.

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Parents Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott pose with children Liam, Stella, Hattie, Finn, and Beau at the Beverly Hilton in June 2023. (Photo Credit: Instagram)

“Tori as a person is a beautiful, kind and loving soul,” Dean affirmed.

“She’s generous to a fault,” he praised. “She puts everybody before herself.”

Dean admitted that she does this “even to the detriment of her physical and mental health.”

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