Tori Spelling has got her knickers in a twist because Star magazine had a recent cover story proclaiming that she and her husband, Dean McDermott, were getting divorced. It also asked, "Who Will Get the Kids?" with an inset pic of Tori's three four children.

She posted a scathing riposte to her blog, recounting how her two eldest, Liam and Stella, saw the cover and got very upset. She then had to explain to them that magazines don't always print what's real, and that she and Dean had no intention of divorcing.

In an "Open Letter to Star Magazine", Tori wrote:

My son Liam is turning 6 in a couple weeks. His proudest achievement so far in his young life is that he is learning to read. Until now, when that pride turned to sorrow thanks to Star magazine. He first spotted me on the cover, then Dad, and then a picture of himself and his 3 younger siblings. He was able to read two things out loud, the word DIVORCE (which he proudly sounded out) and the caption above his picture which read “Who will get the kids?” He became terrified. I had to hurry him and his confused 4-year-old sister Stella out of the grocery store and into our car. By the time he was fastening himself into his car seat he was asking, "Why is someone getting us?? Where are you and Dad going?" ...

Driving home I repeatedly told my children, "That magazine doesn’t know us. Daddy and I are very happy and in love. There will be no divorce and all of us will remain together as a family." ... Stella, my literal one, just kept saying "But then why is it on the magazine? Magazines are true." I wish that were always the case.

I imagine something like this must really irk Tori. But did Tori, who is the daughter of a very famous television producer, who has been famous since she was a teen, and who chose to put her entire family in a reality show, somehow NOT know that this is going to make her and her kids fodder for the tabloids?

Did she never envision a day when her kids might read about themselves in a magazine -- considering that she put them on TV?!

If anything it sounds like this conversation was long overdue. Perhaps now is the time that Tori's kids need to learn about tabloid culture, since, you know, they've been on TV since they were infants. When exactly was she thinking of telling them how the world works? Perhaps she thought she would somehow be immune to what every other celebrity has to deal with?

This sounds like a mother who doesn't want to take responsibility for putting her children in the limelight -- and having them suffer because of it.

Do you think Tori has the right to be upset?


Image via Star