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Tori Spelling’s daughter, Stella McDermott, is a high school graduate, a major achievement in more ways than one, the actress says.
On Tuesday, 49 year old Beverly Hills, 90210 alum celebrated the moment with a heartfelt Instagram post.
“Stella McDermott GRADUATED!!” Spelling wrote a wink at her next to a photo of 14-year-old Stella 90210 character Donna Martin, whose friends were shouting “Donna Martin graduated!” while protesting school officials banning Donna from graduating because she had been drinking at prom.
Commemorating the “bittersweet” milestone, Spelling said the teen graduated despite all the obstacles she encountered along the way.
“So proud of how hard she fought to graduate between bullying, COVID, adversity, migraines, severe anxiety and unfortunately teachers and counselors who didn’t believe she could do it all in time to graduate…she proved that they were all wrong!” Spelling added. “So more than proud, but I still look at that stadium and see my little buggy running around.”
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The star – who also shares Liam Aaron, 15, Hattie Margaret, 10, Finn Davey, 9, and Beau Dean, 5, with husband Dean McDermott – saluted Stella’s “drive” and “kind spirit” and told her: “You can do it absolutely anything you want to do! love you @stella_mcdermott08 with all my heart and soul bff.
In July, Spelling opened up about Stella’s “painful” bullying experience and panic attacks. Spelling shared photos from a shoot Stella did with Petite ‘n Pretty for the beauty brand’s back-to-school campaign. In the Instagram caption, Spelling explained why the moment was a triumph, recalling how her child felt bullied at school and eventually overcame the situation.
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“How Stella got her groove back…thx to @petitenpretty – Her first modeling shoot as a teenage girl,” Spelling began. “Stella is a wonderful person. Heart of gold and always leads with kindness. She is innovative and creative and full of fire. That’s why as a mother it was so painful to see a young woman’s fire dimmed by bullying.”
She shared that Stella was bullied in fifth grade, but the “boy who was bullying her and other girls and boys was not stopped”, adding that they even felt bullied by a staff member at their official school.
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She talked about Stella’s dreams of opening her bakery one day and said Stella had the chance to compete Chefbut Stella’s principal at the time refused to sign a required release “because your kids miss school too much.”
Spelling said after “beg[ging]”, the principal changed his mind on one condition: that the other children of Stella and Spelling leave the school the following year, which they had attended since kindergarten.
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“I agreed in tears so that Stella could do Master Chef. Well, Stella WON!! I had never seen her confidence as much as that day! Her [fire] was back. That’s the lesson we should learn! To encourage our children to find their individual passions and thrive!” remembers Spelling.
She added that “unfortunately, the principal carried on” and Stella “would never graduate with her class. I wish I had had the strength to challenge them! A note taken from 90210 ‘Stella McDermott Graduates!’ But I didn’t. Power and $ won. But thx to @petitenpretty Stella got her powerful and satisfying ‘school’ moment! Her confidence is soaring now!”