Conspiracy Theory Says Tori And Dean Invented The Cheating Scandal For Publicity

Tori Spelling attending charity event March 2014I love a good conspiracy theory, so you know this one alleging that Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott invented this whole cheating scandal just to get a reality show out of it is right up my alley.

This all started back in December, when a Canadian woman named Emily Goodhand came forward to reveal her alleged two day affair with Dean. No one really believed her at first, but it seemed like no sooner had Tori acknowledged that the accusations were true than we started hearing about a Lifetime reality show in the works. It’s called True Tori, and it follows Tori and Dean through their attempts to salvage their marriage in the wake of his infidelity. Supposedly.

In reality, some people are claiming there never was an affair at all, and this was all a ploy to create a narrative strong enough to support a reality show. This could be a cheating publicity stunt of the type that would make Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson proud.

As someone who (admittedly and ashamedly) watched the first episode, I can tell you that this conspiracy theory isn’t too hard to believe. Everything is so presentational and scripted-seeming, something that I’m apparently not the only person to notice. Some people pointed out that the opening monologue that Tori gives — when she gives context for the show and details the events of the weeks leading up to it when she learned her husband had been unfaithful — had been pulled almost word-for-word from a blog post she made at the time. That post was captioned, fittingly:

‘This isn’t another scripted story. This is my life.’

Ironic. I know her husband cheating on her seems like an odd thing to make up, but Tori has boasted in the past that she understands what it takes to carry a story. In her book Spelling It Like It Is (I know) she wrote:

‘I’m Aaron Spelling’s daughter. I knew how to write the story. I knew what would tug on heartstrings.’

So the ‘watch-ability’ of her situation would’ve been something she would’ve absolutely had an awareness of, whether or not she fabricated for that purpose. But many viewers have noted some inconsistencies that point more toward a stunt than genuine family trauma, and I’m gonna lay them out here:

    • Tori says they were alone on Christmas because Dean was in treatment, but he shared a photo of their son Liam to Instagram that day.
    • Even if it was a photo that Tori sent him that he subsequently posted, rehab facilities rarely if ever allow their clients to retain their phones or have any access to social media.

  • On New Years, the couple again shared a photo together, also including their oldest children Stella and Liam.
  • It seems more likely that Dean didn’t enter rehab until January 23rd, when his official statement was released. His next sighting was February 24th, which would make sense with a typical thirty-day program.
  • Tori shows herself having to deal with all four children by herself, claiming to be late for school every day because it’s too much work…but she’s been known in the past to have three nannies plus a personal assistant.
  • Jezebel points out that Tori has a great relationship with Us Weekly. She’s given them multiple covers and interviews over the years, so it’s odd that they’d be willing to sacrifice that relationship for an unknown woman’s cheating allegations. But given that they did, why would Tori’s first interview responding to the scandal be with them?
  • Emily Goodhand has disappeared. She seems to have vanished into thin air, which is particularly strange behavior for a 28-year old who was previously so willing to share the story of Dean’s indiscretions. Did she want fame? Money? With absolutely no follow-up interviews or images of her face in the media, she doesn’t seem to have gotten either.

All I’m saying is it’s a lot to think about.

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    • Samantha Escobar

      As a perpetual celebrity truther, I am 100% willing to buy into this conspiracy theory.

    • Guest

      ooooooh I’ve been waiting for a good conspiracy to come since the arrival of baby Jonas and that fake pregnancy is over!

      • J_Doe5686

        What ever happened to baby Jonas? I wonder who she looks like now?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Oh don’t worry, I follow them on Instagram. All of them.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        It’s here!

    • C

      I buy it. I’ve commented before that I felt they were putting this out for the whole word to see was simply for the money, maybe the story it self was just for the money (and attention?) as well. I buy it. I, too, love a good conspiracy ;).

    • SheSuckedOn90210

      She is a horrible actress. She only gets hired because of her body and her Daddy’s name.

    • JJ

      You mean normal couples under great marital stress don’t typically run to the nearest cable channel to try to get their therapy sessions and life breakdowns filmed for all to see. I know everytime I get into fights with others I am in a relationships with or family members I go, “hold up gotta call up lifetime and make this a show so shut up and save all your material for the camera “.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I’m as surprised as you are.

    • dy

      I freaking love this so much. As a stay-at-home mom who frequently has conversations with Siri, I need Tori’s bullshit in my life. I live for celebrity crazy! The only thing that would make this better is if she was hiding the Malaysian plane in her backyard, hidden in a pile of limbs and copies of Obama’s birth certificate.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Haaa! Well said.

    • Erin

      Yeah, after watching the first episode I’m becoming more and more convinced that this whole thing was made up. And I couldn’t believe she was making it seem like she had no help with the kids when it’s a known fact the woman has three nannies.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I know! Especially with that thing where she teared up saying the teacher had been so great to her!

    • J_Doe5686

      After reading this article and dozens of other I am convinced that it’s fake. But you can expect that from Tori. Her own mom has say that she over dramatized stuff. Tori herself wrote on one of her books that she can sell a story. Play with the heartstrings. ..

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Gotta give her props, at a certain point.

      • Hilllll

        Except the kids ugh horrible mom to do it and screw your very young kids over

    • markmywords

      Interesting. Haven’t seen Tori Spelling on tv since 90210 in the 80′s. We don’t have that kind of reality tv in Europe. No Spelling, no Kardashian, no Lohan.
      I think with all the inconsistencies it’s obvious this is a fabricated story but I can’t shake the feeling that this will acutally break them apart. I also wonder if they are that great of actors to be pulling this off. Lies always come out eventually.

    • Hilllll

      I love a good theory (hello fake laundry detergent baby) but one they would have to be great actors I don’t buy it. Some are saying he cheated much earlier and she is taking real emotion but not new so part fake. -could buy that.

      all the #s in list are curious but maybe she has the nannies for few hrs? Like if I was celeb I’d have one to come clean but leave (and maybe when I take 4 kids out .. 3 for 24 hrs is crazy. the pic could be old and she faked as if it was 14 bc she was denying stuff to press atm I do think she has deal with USW

    • Hilllll

      Maybe she has one nanny come a few hours one day. (Me giving her bene of doubt) I don’t mind nannies per se as long as they are not raising your kids

    • -

      I actually don’t think she has the nannies (at least not all of them) anymore? Her latest book went through talking about all her money troubles, and moving to a smaller house, getting rid of unnecessary help… &the most important one, Patsy, was just a baby nurse. She was always there because they kept having babies, but they’re not anymore. I believe the cheating is a lie (not only because they love attention&need money, but because I actually don’t think Dean would cheat on her), but I don’t think Tori raising her kids (mostly) on her own is necessarily a lie.

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    • Josie

      I agree with this completely. She “Farrah” cries – ugly face, but no tears. I believe the whole entire thing was manufactured.