Dean McDermott: “I’m Not the First Person to Ever Cheat on His Wife”

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott
Almost a year since Us Weekly broke news that Dean McDermott cheated on Tori Spelling, the Chopped Canada host is saying that he's "not the first person to ever cheat on his wife" Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Dean McDermott is tired of getting knocked down. The Chopped Canada host said during a recent interview with ET Canada that while he isn't proud of his actions, he is "not the first person to ever cheat on his wife."

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Us Weekly broke news in December 2013 that McDermott, 47, had an affair with a woman named Emily Goodhand, which blindsided his wife Tori Spelling.

McDermott himself took a hit, too. In the aftermath of his infidelity, he was called a "monster" and slammed for his betrayal. "I'm like, 'No, I'm not a monster, I'm a human being and I messed up,'" he said to ET Canada's Cheryl Hickey.

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"I messed up and I'm owning up to it and I'm getting help. But to label me a monster or evil is very hurtful," he continued. "The affair was more about how I was feeling about myself than having an affair."

Following the cheating bombshell, McDermott voluntarily checked himself into a treatment center in January to "address some health and personal issues." After returning home the following month, he and 41-year-old Spelling — parents to Liam, 7, Stella, 6, Hattie, 3, and Finn, 2 — documented their marriage woes on the Lifetime series True Tori.

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The couple worked hard to repair their relationship and even went away on vacation together. But they still have a lot of issues to resolve. "I thought we'd be able to bring that feeling back and maybe start working on simplifying our lives here," McDermott said of returning from their trip. "But a lot of the emotional stuff changed when we came back to the house. I was surprised and I was really hoping that we could carry it over, to really set out what we were doing — starting over and rebuilding. And it didn't go that way, so it did surprise me." 

Amid filming season two of the show, Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Spelling was hospitalized on Oct. 18, after suffering a severe coughing attack.

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"Everything is okay. All the tabloids are reading Ebola and it's not," McDermott told ET Canada. "The show we're shooting is obviously very emotional. It's six days a week. It finally caught up with her and took its toll, so she has bronchitis, sinusitis, and pneumonia and she's getting great care at the hospital."

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