Tori Spelling is known for the rocky relationship she’s had with her mother Candy for many years. Read on for the facts on their relationship below.
1. Candy Denies Not Helping Her Daughter Financially
When Tori Spelling’s father Aaron Spelling, the TV mogul, died, she was left with less than a million dollars and her mother inherited the fortune he left behind. On Spelling’s reality show, we’ve watched her sob about her money troubles and say that her mother doesn’t help her financially, that she has no one to help her. Tori’s husband Dean McDermott has echoed her claims. Candy Spelling says this is not true. According to Access Hollywood, Candy’s reps released the following response:
Candy has provided financial help in the past and has offered repeatedly to pay for the children’s private schooling and Tori has never told her where to send the money. Candy reaches out often to see them and unfortunately Tori and Dean are not often responsive.
So, why did Tori Spelling only receive $800,000 of her father’s $600 million? Candy Spelling told the NY Times:
She would close a store and drop $50,000 to $60,000. I never did anything like that. She just went crazy.
We have seen Tori’s warehouses of her belongings and her “hoarder room” in her house, so it’s understandable that Candy might think she would misuse the money. Tori stated:
It’s not my fault I’m an uptown girl stuck in a midtown life. I was raised in opulence. My standards are ridiculously high. We can’t afford that lifestyle, but when you grow up silver spoon it’s hard to go plastic.
2. The Spelling Manor Is Famous
Candy Spelling’s mansion is almost as famous as the Spelling family itself. Us Weekly describes it as this:
The Spelling family’s massive estate, also known as the Spelling Manor, is the stuff of legends, featuring a bowling alley, an entire floor of closets, and a parking lot that accommodates up to 100 vehicles. Candy’s late husband Aaron Spelling was a well-known producer on hit shows Beverly Hills 90210, Charmed, and 7th Heaven.
Candy has debated moving on from the estate and finally moved into a $35 million dollar condo, selling the Spelling Manor. Recently, she even has played with the idea of dating again, but she’s not ready to let go of her late husband, Tori’s father. She told the NY Times:
I had my Prince Charming. I had the sweetest, nicest man that anyone would want to be married to. There’s no way I could meet anybody as wonderful as him.
Tori was a bit heartbroken when the mansion was sold, as was Candy.
3. Tori Sees Candy About Eight Times a Year
Dean McDermott has stated that:
We see [Candy] about eight times a year — holidays and kids’ birthdays.
On Dean and Tori Spelling’s reality show True Tori, Candy visits for one of their children’s birthday parties. Check out the above footage.
4. Candy Has Included Stories About Her Daughter In Books Such as “Candy At Last”
Candy Spelling has written several books and in her book “Candy At Last,” she talks about how Tori needs to stop blaming her for the problems in her life. Candy wrote:
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. Having said that, I also believe that there comes a time when you have to stop blaming your parents. Take responsibility for your own actions and attitudes …
Candy also wrote about when she first met Dean and how she hadn’t seen Tori for a long time until her husband’s funeral.
Tori and Dean walked into Aaron’s service and took seats in the back row. It was very emotional because I didn’t know if she was going to show up. This was my first time seeing my new son-in-law Dean. A friend of mine couldn’t bear the awkwardness. ‘This isn’t right,’ he said.”
The feud reportedly ended when Tori’s first son Liam was born in 2007.
5. According to Candy, A Major Disconnect With Tori Occurred When She Was Divorcing Her First Husband
Tori Spelling and Candy had their first major strain in their relationship when Tori disconnected from the family when she was divorcing from her first husband Charlie. Candy stated:
Our daughter, Tori, had been incommunicado since an abrupt divorce from her husband, Charlie [Shanian]. … [Her father]Aaron was disappointed about her divorce, and since then, she had refused to speak to any of us on the phone. Not even her little brother [Randy]. I was devastated about Tori and [Aaron] was angry. He left her numerous messages on her cell phone. I tried reaching her as well. Not surprisingly, we didn’t hear back from her.
Radar Online reports Candy Spelling as saying:
Tori and I are a work in progress and probably always will be. I notice that the more my self-esteem expands, the less patience I have for the pursuit cycle she creates when she shuts me out. We have a pattern, and until we can break it hand in hand, this is going to be the little dance she and I do together.