EXCLUSIVE: 'I can't believe I gave this up. I've thrown my life away.' DailyMailTV reveals how Dean McDermott told his ex-wife he made a 'terrible mistake' by leaving her for Tori Spelling as he faces prison over $100,000 in back child support
- Mary Jo Eustace, 55, says she feels 'disgusted and humiliated' by ex-husband Dean McDermott's failure to pay child support for their teenage son Jack, 19
- In an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, she also claims Dean confessed he regretted leaving her for Tori Spelling while at a baseball game in Toronto last year
- 'He fell to his knees crying, saying, "I can't believe I gave this up," Mary Jo said, 'He said, "Do I love Tori? Yeah. But I've thrown my life away"?
- Dean left Mary Jo in 2005 after 13 years of marriage following a three-week affair with Tori Spelling while on a shoot for a made-for-TV movie
- Mary Jo was forced to file a court order last month for contempt against her ex in Los Angeles because Dean's monthly alimony payments of $1,500 had stopped
- Jack McDermott's relationship with his father and Tori has been 'challenging' according to Mary Jo. 'Tori threw Jack out of the house. She's been a horror show.'?
- Despite his debts, the father of six has been seen flaunting his lavish lifestyle with Spelling and their five young children?
The ex-wife of Dean McDermott has broken her silence after being forced to take him to court again over $100,000 in unpaid financial support – a move which may land him in jail.
Mary Jo Eustace revealed in an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV that 11 years after their divorce was finalized, the 50-year-old Canadian actor continues to shirk his responsibilities to her and their teenage son, Jack - all the while flaunting his lavish lifestyle with his wife, Tori Spelling, and their five children.
Canadian TV star Mary Jo says the most painful part of the ordeal has been watching her their 19-year-old son, Jack suffer.
'When my son went to university, he didn't get any financial support from his father. The one thing that his dad was going to do for him was pay his rent and he bounced his rent.
'It jeopardized his roommates and the apartment. One of the other dads had to cover the rent, so that really humiliated my son. I don't even know if it's paid back yet.
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Speaking out: Mary Jo Eustace has told DailyMailTV about her years-long battle with ex-husband Dean McDermott over child support and alimony?
'My son has had his bank account cleaned out twice by debt collectors.'
Mary Jo, 55, also revealed Dean's shocking confession to her while they were taking their son to a Blue Jays baseball game in their native Toronto.
'A year and a half ago, Dean confessed to me that he had made a mistake and he wondered what his life would be like if he had he stayed with me. He said, "Do I love Tori? Yeah. But I've thrown my life away."
'We were on the street where we used to live. He fell to his knees crying, saying, "I can't believe I gave this up."
'That is 150 per cent true. It was the most bizarre conversation ever.
'It made me feel irritated. I don't want any more drama. It was crazy, extreme behavior.'
DailyMail.com reached out to McDermott's rep for comment, but has not received a response.?
Last month, Mary Jo filed a court order for contempt against her ex in Los Angeles because Dean's monthly alimony payments of $1,500 had stopped.
She has been more than fair over the years, Mary Jo explained, even writing off vast amounts of the spousal and child support which Dean owed her.
'I was forced to return to court because the payments stopped. I made it very clear when I went to court the first time and I was quite lenient,' she said.
'I want to be clear - I signed off on three years of child support that my ex-husband did not have to pay. I cut him a break on that and covered everything.' ? ? ? ? ? ??
Mary Jo and Dean, both Canadian natives, married in 1993, but divorced in 2006 after McDermott began an affair with Tori Spelling?
The couple had one child, son Jack, who is now 19 years old, but ?Mary Jo was forced to file a court order last month for contempt against her ex in Los Angeles because Dean's monthly alimony payments of $1,500 had stopped
In March, Mary Jo assumed her court battles with her ex were over when she took pity on him and withdrew her complaint. He had faced eight counts of contempt, a criminal trial and potentially jail time over his unpaid support.?
At the time, Dean tearfully told the court: 'I'm not contesting any of this, your honor. I've fallen on hard times, she knows this, she's taken this step.'
Mary Jo recalled: 'We went in front of the judge and he said, "Do you want to go out in the hall and try to work this out?" And we did.
'I definitely extended an olive branch to try to work it out for my son and for everybody. The agreement that we came to was that Dean was going to be on time with his payments.
'Right before we went in front of the judge, my ex-husband crossed over and said: "If we agree to this, you can never speak out or say anything about this."
'I was like, Oh, sit down. That was liberating to be able to say no, I'm going to tell my story and do it on my terms.'
Dean promised the judge on March 9 that he would keep up with his payments.
'So the judge dismissed it when we went back. I thought that would have been it,' Mary Jo said.
Over the past six months, the payments, which were always late, trickled to a stop.
Dean McDermott and ex-wife Mary Jo Eustace were seen talking outside the courtroom during a hearing in March. At the time, she took pity on him and withdrew her complaint. He had faced eight counts of contempt, a criminal trial and potentially jail time over his unpaid support
McDermott has since been seen flaunting his lavish lifestyle with Tori Spelling and their five children, sons Liam, 10, Finn, five, Beau, six months and daughters Stella, nine, and seven-year-old Hattie
'When it stopped again, I said, it's not even about the money anymore, it's just about being respectful to my son and my family,' Mary Jo said. 'I wasn't going to participate in a circus anymore, so I just took it into my own hands.'
Dean is once again at risk of being sent to jail if he cannot come up with the money he owes.
'Now that we are going back to court for a second time for contempt of court, it's jail time,' Mary Jo said.
'People say do you want him to go to jail? It's not the intent behind this. It's just to get him to honor his commitment.
'How could somebody not do everything in their power to avoid that situation?
'It's not up to me. It's up to Dean to pay. It just seems like entitled behavior.'
She added: 'I'm disgusted and I'm humiliated. So many women go through this situation where they can't get their child support and it profoundly affects their lives. So I was really strong about it and I just kept heading back into the courtroom.'
The divorced couple will return to LA Superior Court later this month.
'Dean doesn't have an attorney. I am going represent myself. I'll just be on my own,' Mary Jo said.
Despite his perilous financial situation, Dean and Tori, 44, have been seen all over social media living it up with exotic, luxury vacations and blowout spending sprees.
They also moved into a mansion in Woodland Hills, LA – with the $9,500 monthly rent allegedly paid for by Tori's mom.v
Mary Jo has claimed Dean (both pictured on their wedding day) confessed last year that he regretted leaving her and said :"Do I love Tori? Yeah. But I've thrown my life away"
Deadbeat dad: Dean has racked up more than $100,000 in unpaid financial support – a move which may land him in jail
The father of six does not provide financial support for Jack's education, but agreed to pay for his son's rent, but the rent bounced, Mary Jo alleges
Mary Jo said: 'To my knowledge, Dean is not working. If he was, he would have the funds to pay. Then you see the lavish lifestyle. Candy Spelling is paying for everything so there's no impetus to get a job.'
Mary Jo is at a loss to explain her ex-husband's lifestyle – and it's not something Dean has ever attempted to justify.
She said: 'The financial problems are crazy, crazy, out-of-control spending. Dean does not explain his lavish lifestyle. He doesn't have any excuse.'
Dean left Mary Jo in 2005 after 13 years of marriage following a three-week affair with Tori Spelling while on a shoot for a made-for-TV movie, Mind over Murder.
At the time, the married couple were in the process of adopting a daughter, Lola. Dean withdrew his name from the adoption papers and Mary Jo carried on as a single parent. Her daughter, Lola, is now 12.
Dean and Tori married in 2006 as soon as his divorce was finalized. He has five children with the former Beverly Hills 90210 star – sons Liam, 10, Finn, five, Beau, six months and daughters Stella, nine, and seven-year-old Hattie.
Tori and Dean, who have starred in a string of reality shows about their relationship, have also suffered well-documented financial woes and been on the brink of bankruptcy for years, with reported debts of more than $1 million owed to the IRS, American Express, and other financial institutions.
Mary Jo says she finds it hard to believe that Dean is the same man who was once her husband.
'The man I married is not the same guy he is today,' she said. 'We had our challenges, but there was no indication of this type of behavior.
Just the two of them: Mary Jo says she is 'so protective' of her son because of the relationship he's had with Tori and his father.?Now he is at college, Jack has distanced himself from the chaos surrounding his father and step-mom
Mary Jo now raise her two kids on her own, Jack and daughter Lola. Before the couple's divorce, the two were in the process of adopting a child, but Dean withdrew his name from the adoption papers and Mary Jo carried on as a single parent. Her daughter, Lola, is now 12
'I think he had some issues with spending when we were married, but nothing that derailed our marriage.
'He appears different. I've had contact with him over the past while and I don't buy any of it anymore.
'My feeling is that Tori controls everything and she runs the show. Dean has no say in anything.'
After years of attempting to build a relationship with Tori for the sake of her son, Mary Jo has given up on the pretense.
'I had to create a relationship with her really quickly and you always do it for the sake of your children. You do the best that you can.
'For so many years I tried to make it work and I don't have to anymore. Jack is going to have the relationship he's going to have with his dad which I support whatever that is going to be.
'I don't need to have a relationship with her. It's artificial and it's not something I want to participate in.'
Mary Jo admits that it was heart-breaking to watch how her son Jack was treated by his father and step-mom when he was growing up.
She said: 'Because of the dynamics between myself, Dean and Tori, what's happened is my ex-husband and his wife take a lot of their frustration with me out on Jack.
'All Jack wanted for his high school graduation was a party. He was going to have a pool party at his dad's home, he was really excited about it. Two days before the party, Tori and Dean canceled for whatever reason. Jack was devastated.
'We ended up having it at my house. Beforehand, Dean brought food over and then he and Tori went for dinner down the street. But they couldn't have the party, it was just typical.
'My feeling is that Tori is the one that canceled Jack's party.'
It was just another episode on Jack's emotional rollercoaster with Dean and Tori, Mary Jo said, and shared other bizarre incidents which happened to Jack in high school.
'Jack got in touch with Tori because he didn't have money for Uber. She said, "We are at a McDonald's right now and I can barely afford the kids. You're a grown man, you need to support yourself."
Mary Jo and Tori Spelling were seen together at an awkward reunion for Jack's high school graduation earlier this year. Tori and Dean arrived 45 minutes late?
'Also Tori threw Jack out of the house. She's been a horror show.'
Mary Jo continued: 'While Jack was in high school, he lived with his dad for a while. One day, they told him they had a surprise.
'He went home and the house was packed up with boxes and they had moved – much further away from his school, his activities, his job. They didn't tell him about it.
'That was very disjointing. He went home and they had moved during the night. Just crazy, crazy stuff. I think that was the final straw for him.
'His whole experience has been - where do I fit in? It's been very difficult, but he's not bitter. But it's definitely made him feel less than.'
Despite the challenges he faced growing up, Mary Jo is deeply proud of the achievements of her son, who she says recently came out as gay. Jack is studying business and marketing at San Francisco State University.
'My son has watched all his father's other children go to private schools and their education is never going to be compromised. But he works so hard and got scholarships to the best schools in the U.S.
She added: 'He doesn't want to go into television. He's a very private person. He's a really talented artist and designer and he's great at math. I don't know what he's going to do. He's just super talented and super funny.'
Mary Jo tells DailyMailTV she views the situation as 'two very uninteresting people made other people's lives really difficult'?
Now he is at college, Jack has distanced himself from the chaos surrounding his father and step-mom.
Mary Jo said: 'I think there's always been a distance there because Jack didn't fit into the second part of the story. He doesn't spend much time with his dad at all.
'I'm so protective of my son but he's had a full realization. It makes him work harder, he's got a job and pays for most of his things. It's made him more independent.'
Mary Jo, who has taken a job helping women going through to divorce to find financial support, acknowledges that her situation is far from unusual.
'Many women see their spouse move on and have – two, three, four, even five more children – and establish a life, forgetting about the first family.'
On top of the divorce and battle for financial support, Mary Jo said that being plunged into the world of reality television has been distressing for those close to her.
'It's been a surreal ride for the family. I know lots of families go through this but not publicly.
'When I talk about what's happened, it's not gossip, it's actually real life.
'My mom is 80 and my dad is 82 and was close to my ex-husband. When they see my son's bank accounts cleared out and his rent not paid, they want to know what's going on. There's a real family behind it.
'The whole reality TV thing has really affected Jack and his life. People would know about it at his schools, kids' parents.
'How do you deal with the constant interest, in what I think is this D-list, weird, celebrity trainwreck thing that we are tied to?
Tori and Dean, who have starred in a string of reality shows about their relationship, have also suffered well-documented financial woes and been on the brink of bankruptcy for years, with reported debts of more than $1 million owed to the IRS, American Express, and other financial institutions
'Looking back now, it was a really hard situation and I feel bad that our family had to bear the brunt of so many stupid things.
'Two very uninteresting people made other people's lives really difficult. That's how I look at it.
'At least be fascinating - at least have that going on. That's the truth.'
Mary Jo now lives full-time in California after returning to Canada for a couple of years following her divorce. She became a U.S. citizen last November.
'If my D-list celebrity crap is inspirational or helpful to people, then I'm all for it. I've had an amazing response from women and men,' she said.
In 2015, the mother-of-two also published a cookbook, Scared Wheatless, dedicated to her daughter after she suffered with an auto-immune disorder and alopecia.?
'At eight years old she lost her hair, it was very traumatic. We went gluten-free and I created this book of recipes which I tried on dozens of family and friends. Through diet and her amazing doctors, her hair grew back.'
Mary Jo also has a skincare line, Cell Candy.
'It's botanicals and based on Nobel Prize winning science. It's affordable luxury for women,' she said.
Although her court battle is far from over with her ex-husband, Mary Jo is able to focus on the positives.
She said. 'I'm not angry – but it's made me very protective of our family and it's made me a little kinder to myself.
'You have to reinvent your whole life, start again from scratch and find out who you are. I have friends and a life filled with experiences that I never would have had if I stayed married.
'There's a great life on the other side and we've been so blessed and fortunate to have so many friends and support. It's been an interesting ride.'?
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