Dean McDermott Breaks His Silence on His Divorce from Tori Spelling: 'It's Been a Long Time Coming'

Spelling cited "irreconcilable differences" when she filed for divorce from McDermott on Friday, March 29

<p>Dave Kotinsky/Getty, David Livingston/Getty </p> (L) Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling

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(L) Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling

Dean McDermott has broken his silence after his wife, Tori Spelling, filed for divorce.

Per a video obtained by the Daily Mail, the 57-year-old Canadian star noted that he's doing "good" amid the divorce news. "It's been a long time coming but T and I are good," he added.

Hours earlier, Spelling opened up about the pair's separation on her newly-released misSPELLING podcast, saying she had been telling herself she wanted to divorce McDermott for "like... 15 years."

"We always say, ‘Hey, it made it 18 years. It shouldn’t have made it 18 years," Spelling, 50, said. "And I think he would say the same thing if he and I had a real heart-to-heart. It would have been over a lot sooner."

On Friday, the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum cited irreconcilable differences as the reason behind their split in documents obtained by PEOPLE. Listing their official date of separation as June 17, 2023, Spelling requested the court to award her spousal support and terminate McDermott's ability to receive the same.

She also asked for sole physical custody of their five minor children — Liam Aaron McDermott, 17, Stella Doreen, 15, Hattie Margaret, 12, Finn Davey, 11 and Beau Dean, 7 — and joint legal custody with McDermott's visitation rights to be determined at a later date.

Related: Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott's Relationship Timeline

<p>Stefanie Keenan/Getty</p> (L-R) Stella Spelling, Tori Spelling, Beau Spelling, Dean McDermott, Finn Spelling, and Hattie Spelling

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(L-R) Stella Spelling, Tori Spelling, Beau Spelling, Dean McDermott, Finn Spelling, and Hattie Spelling

On the same day Spelling listed as their date of their separation, McDermott announced that the couple had decided to go their separate ways in a statement that was later deleted off his Instagram.

“It’s with great sadness and a very very heavy heart that after 18 years together and 5 amazing children, that @torispelling and I have decided to go our separate ways, and start a new journey of our own,” he wrote at the time.

Following the now-deleted announcement, Spelling was photographed wearing a shirt that read “Boys Lie.”

Related: Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott 'Were Definitely Trying' Before 'Out of the Blue' Split Announcement: Sources

Spelling and McDermott tied the knot in a private ceremony in Fiji on May 7, 2006 after meeting the previous year while filming the TV movie Mind Over Murder. While the pair renewed their vows on May 8, 2010, they hit a rough patch when McDermott publicly admitted to an affair in 2014, which he later expressed “shame” over.

In November 2021, rumors about the former couple's relationship began to swirl when McDermott was notably absent in a holiday card shared to Instagram.

A source told PEOPLE at the time that Spelling still had “major trust issues” and their relationship was never “fully repaired” after McDermott strayed. McDermott's ongoing struggles with sobriety also appeared to be a major issue for the pair over the years.

Still, the couple’s separation announcement in June still surprised close friends, who had witnessed Spelling and McDermott’s ups and downs over the years. “If this had happened a year ago, it would’ve been expected because things were terrible between them," an insider told PEOPLE at the time.

A second source added: "They were definitely trying in the last few months, and things felt way less toxic. They also made an effort to make holidays and milestones special and were much more in tune with each other."

<p>Amy Sussman/Getty</p> (L) Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott

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(L) Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott

In November, McDermott opened up to the Daily Mail about the demise of their 18-year marriage. He revealed that the couple hadn't been sleeping in the same bed anymore, and their marriage was characterized by “anger and…yelling.”

“It ended up with me drinking a fifth of tequila every night, seven days a week, and a handful of narcos [narcotics] by myself with, you know, a beautiful family in the other room,” he said. “That's what it led to and that's what led to the brokenness. I couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t live that life anymore.”

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In recent months, the two have both moved on. McDermott is seeing new girlfriend Lily Calo while Spelling was spotted kissing Ryan Cramer, the CEO of Santa Monica-based agency Neuron Syndicate Inc., in November.

Despite their new love interests, McDermott told Page Six in March that Spelling is still his “biggest fan” and continues to support him from afar on maintaining his sobriety journey. He described her as “caring,” “empathetic” and someone who “wants the best for everybody” sometimes “at the expense of her happiness.”

“You know, she just wants me to be happy. Bottom line. And she’s such an incredible woman that way,” McDermott told the outlet. “She’s one of the most generous people I’ve ever met in my life.”

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