Having been trapped in 'unhappy' marriage for years, the 'Beverly Hills, 90210' alum and her actor husband decide to go through with a trial separation because 'they know divorce will be expensive and it's not something they're willing to go through

AceShowbiz - Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott are said to have decided on a trial separation after 16 years of marriage. The pair reportedly battled to keep their turbulent relationship on track for the sake of their five kids before splitting.

A source told Us Weekly the last update friends of the pair had got were that they were "going through with a trial separation." They also raised fears for Spelling, 49, as they say she is "missing in action."

An insider added, "She hasn't been doing social things anymore. She seems to be isolating herself. She's been so MIA that they're worried something's going on - if she's having money troubles again or is depressed."

It has also been alleged the couple put a divorce on hold due to their "roller-coaster" romance. The source claimed, "They know divorce will be expensive and it's not something they're willing to go through right now. They both feel trapped. Having kids makes it more difficult because they don't want their children to be unhappy, yet at the same time, Tori has been unhappy for quite a while now. They truly are still together for their kids."

Spelling and McDermott have been together since 2006 and share five kids Liam, 15, Stella, 14, Hattie, 10, nine-year-old Finn and Beau, five. McDermott, 55, also shares son Jack, 23, with his ex-wife Mary Jo Eustace, 60.

The couple has been at the center of divorce rumors since last year, with a source telling E! News the "BH90210" actress was preparing to file for divorce from her husband. The actress added fuel to the rumors by telling SiriusXM's "Jeff Lewis Live" she and Dean were sleeping in separate beds. She said, "Right now, my kids and dogs sleep in my bed," adding Dead was in "a room."

It is said a major source of strife between the couple is trust issues after Dean's cheating, which he confessed to in 2014 on reality show "True Tori". A source told People, "Tori still has major trust issues. Part of their relationship was never fully repaired after he was unfaithful. They've been living separate lives. They will still have family meals and occasional outings, but it's for the kids."

The couple is also infamous for money struggles, with it being reported in 2020 they owed $1.2 million in taxes and unpaid credit card bills. Spelling's famous TV producer father Aaron Spelling famously only left his daughter $800,000 after his death age 83 in 2006. His widow Candy, 73, retained control of his $600 million fortune, and said Tori's spending habits were the reason they left her with only an $800k inheritance.

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