The tension between Tori Spelling and her mother Candy became public after producer Aaron Spelling died in 2006. Since then, Candy revealed the inner workings of their tumultuous relationship and admitted to not being the “perfect mother.”
The 46-year-old reportedly only inherited $800,000 after her father's death, with the reason being Tori’s spending habits as Candy told The New York Times in 2014 that her daughter “would close a store and drop $50,000 to 60,000.”
At Aaron’s funeral, Tori met her husband, Dean McDermott with whom she now shares five children, 12-year-old Liam, 10-year-old Stella, 7-year-old Hattie, 6-year-old Finn, and their youngest, two-year-old Beau.
In Candy’s memoir, “Candy at Last” which hit the shelves on May 6, 2014, she elaborated on her part in her strained relationship with Tori.
"I am by no means saying that I am the perfect mother now or I didn't make mistakes when my children were growing up. In therapy, I learned that I was passive-aggressive and that I also had poor communication skills," she wrote.
But Candy believes that children should stop blaming their parents for what’s wrong in their lives at some point during their lives as she added, “I have learned from my own journey that at some point you have to take responsibility for your own actions and attitudes."
In her memoir, Candy also revealed that she and Aaron “handed everything” to their children, which added to her and Tori’s issues, during which she went through long periods without hearing from her daughter.
"During the year we were estranged, it was excruciating not hearing from Tori and not being able to get ahold of her," she wrote.
While Candy had previously referred to her relationship with Tori as “a work in progress,” it is reportedly doing much better as a source told Us Weekly in October last year, “Things were tense for a while between the two, but they are very close now and actively working through their issues.”
73-year-old Candy reportedly helps Tori with some financial issues as the source added, “Candy is paying for her children’s private school. Their relationship is a lot better these days.”
On that note, Candy spoke with HollywoodLife on the red carpet of Byron Allen’s Third Annual Entertainment Studios Oscar Gala in February and expressed her hopes that Tori and Dean are done expanding their family as she said, “I just hope that she quits having kids, already.”
But just because she hopes that the family doesn’t get any bigger, it doesn’t mean that Candy doesn’t adore her five grandchildren as she added, “But they are so cute, and they are the best-behaved children, I am always so proud when I go out for dinner with them. We go out every Sunday night as a family.”
With Candy paying for the children’s schooling, it is one less thing for Tori to worry about as she and husband Dean face a long line of financial troubles.
In January 2016, Tori got sued by American Express for unpaid credit card debt and again by AmEx in October 2017 for $87,594.55. Next, the couple got sued by City National Bank for $200,000 after they failed to repay a bank loan of $400,000 as reported by Us Weekly at the time.
Most recently, Us Weekly obtained court documents wherein Tori got ordered to pay American Express $88,000 after the company filed a writ of execution in January this year.
Apart from the financial woes, life goes on for Tori whose father would have celebrated his 96th birthday on April 22. On the special day, Tori took to social media and paid tribute to her father Aaron Spelling, whom she called her “biggest inspiration.”