Tori Spelling met her stepson Jack when he was just 6 years old, and he was going through a difficult time for any young kid: divorce.
As Jack celebrates his 21st birthday this week, the “Beverly Hills, 90210” alum reflected on their relationship in a lengthy Instagram post.
Jack is the son of her husband, Dean McDermott and his ex-wife Mary Jo Eustace.
“I’m gonna embarrass you for a second,” the actress started her post.
She wrote that when she and Jack met, he didn’t know her as “Tori Spelling,” but just as “the woman his dad was dating.”
She loved that he had no idea who she was and called her “Teri.”
The two “bonded over dogs, his rabbit DIY school project, tag, hide and seek, and video games,” she wrote.
As Jack got older, their relationship continued to develop. She wrote about how Jack was teased by his peers when the two played with Polly Pockets: “We ignored them and laughed and played and had so much fun they eventually asked to join.”
‘He was who he was and he was proud of it’
She said Jack was “quiet” and she didn’t want to push her role in his life.
“And, then he came out,” she wrote. “I was so proud of his confidence. He was who he was and he was proud of it. And, then we bonded again. We found each other on a new level with a whole new respect for each other.”
Jack came out as gay when he was 17 years old, and his actor dad Dean McDermott recently opened up about his son in an episode of his “Daddy Issues” podcast.
While he supports his son, he still voiced concern for him in a world that isn’t always accepting.
“My son Jack is gay,” McDermott told his guest Perez Hilton. “I just think, you know, you want the best for your kid. And you don’t want to wish a life of persecution and hard times and bigotry, right? I think there’s nothing wrong with that.”
He also praised his son’s looks. “He’s this beautiful, 6-foot-4, beautiful Adonis,” he said. “He’s just a gorgeous kid.”
Spelling ended her post with continued praise for her stepson.
“He is so smart, kind, funny, unique, sweet, confident, and driven. His scream, smile, and laugh are contagious and his style is fierce. He makes no apologies for who he is. And who he uniquely is … Is Jack Montgomery McDermott.”
Spelling and McDermott share five children together – Liam, 12, Stella, 11, Hattie, 7, Finn, 7, and Beau, 2.
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