Third time’s a charm. Two years after a cheating scandal nearly broke apart their marriage, a recommitted Dean McDermott surprised his wife, Tori Spelling, by proposing for the third time. His romantic gesture took place in Paris while the couple and their four kids were in the City of Light for a family vacation.
Photos from the surprise moment show McDermott, 49, down on one knee, looking up at his wife expectantly. A leather jacket–clad Spelling, 42, clasps her hands together in glee and looks ecstatic. Meanwhile, their four young kids, Liam, 9, Stella, 7, Hattie, 4, and Finn, 3, watch the moment with big smiles. The Eiffel Tower sets the mood in the backdrop.
This time, McDermott asked the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum for her hand in marriage with a gorgeous antique ring. He orchestrated the special moment to take place on the terrace at the Cafe de l’Homme, which overlooks the city and its landmarks.
“Dean planned it with the owners,” Spelling told photographer Michael Simon. “[He wanted] to have the terrace all reserved and private for us, and told me we were going to get coffee and hot chocolates for the kids. And then surprised me when he got down on one knee and presented me with an antique engagement ring.”
McDermott first popped the question on Christmas Eve in 2005. He and Spelling tied the knot five months later in May 2006. Then, on Christmas Day 2006, he proposed again.
“This was a perfect family moment for unity and love!” Spelling said. “No date for the wedding is set, yet, but our 10 year anniversary will take place in May.”
Over the last decade, the stars have endured their fair share of marital strife. Us Weekly exclusively broke the news in December 2013 that McDermott had a two-day affair while filming a TV show in Canada, with a young woman named Emily Goodhand. The aftermath of his cheating scandal was subsequently documented on the couple’s Lifetime series True Tori.
Ultimately, the two emerged stronger. “We had to deconstruct our relationship,” Spelling reflected on the Today show last month. “We really did, and I feel like we’re kind of turning monogamy on its head, flipping it and being like, ‘Well […] through some fighting we’ve been told what life should be, what marriage should be.'”
So, they fought for it. “I was like, ‘You know what? I love this man. I’m going to make this work,'” she said. “We started at ground zero and built it back up. It’s amazing. In May, it’s going to be 10 years. Ten years! A decade.”
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