Proud mom Tori Spelling has hit back at claims she heavily edited an Instagram picture of her 14-year-old daughter Stella, which she shared in honor of the teenager’s middle school graduation.
The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star gushed about her daughter in the caption, describing her ‘pride’ at how Stella overcame a series of struggles – including ‘bullying, severe anxiety, and teachers and who didn’t believe’ she could graduate – in order to finish middle school.
‘My girl graduated from middle school today,’ Tori wrote on Wednesday, adding that the moment was ‘bittersweet’.
‘So proud of how hard she fought to graduate amongst bullying, COVID, adversity, migraines, severe anxiety, and sadly teachers and counselors who didn’t believe she could do it all in time to graduate… she proved them all wrong!’ the 49-year-old continued.
‘So beyond proud but I still look up at that stage and see my tiny little buggy running around. You have such drive and such a kind spirit! You can do absolutely anything you want to do! I love you with all my heart and soul bff.’
Despite the heartwarming caption, commenters were quick to accuse the mother-of-five for sharing what appears to be a very Photoshopped image of Stella posing in her graduation gown.
Both Tori and her husband Dean McDermott shared photos of the teenager to celebrate the milestone achievement – with Stella’s father opting to share a much more natural-looking set of photos of his daughter, which drew all the more attention to Tori’s version.
But in a comment added to her post on Thursday, Tori insisted she was ‘horrified’ by the suggestion she’d digitally altered the image and said it was just ‘make up’ and ‘studio lighting’.
Milestone: Tori Spelling gushed over her daughter Stella, 14, in a social media snap celebrating her middle school graduation on Wednesday but was accused in the comments of heavily editing the photo with an app
Both Tori, 49, and her husband Dean McDermott, 55, shared images of their daughter to mark her graduation – with Stella’s father opting to share a much more natural snap, which drew further attention to Tori’s version
‘Horrified’: On Thursday afternoon, Tori denied adding heavy filters to the image and insisted it was just ‘make up’ and ‘studio lighting’
Followers had been quick to point out that Tori’s image of her daughter appeared to have been edited and noted that it looked noticeably different to the images shared by Dean, 55.
‘That looks nothing like Stella,’ one follower wrote in the comments of Tori’s Instagram post.
Side-by-side comparisons of Tori and Dean’s photos showed distinct differences.
In Tori’s snap, Stella’s cornsilk hair was lightened to a platinum-blonde shade and smoothed out, her complexion appeared to have been blurred and contoured, and she was seen sporting heavy eye makeup, complete with false eyelashes, none of which were visible in the photos shared by her father.
FaceTune and FaceTune2 are photo-editing apps used the world over by celebrities and influencers and FaceTune2 in particular features a digital makeup setting.
But Tori denied using an app, writing on Thursday afternoon: ‘Horrified to read messages and press that I added heavy filters to my daughter. My photos are not from school in natural daylight at her actual graduation!
‘Right after, she opted to up the amount of makeup bc she is a budding makeup guru ( and at school she needed to keep it natural) for a professional in studio photoshoot ( with in studio lighting) we did for her on our cooking show together #@homewithtori’
In the photo that Dean posted of Stella, her hair is styled in a natural blow out, she is modeling a very simple, low-key makeup look.
Both Tori and Dean’s photos show the graduate sporting a blue graduation robe and a floral lei, while holding a bouquet of flowers.
‘That looks nothing like Stella,’ one follower wrote in the comments of Tori’s Instagram post that shows the soon-to-be high schooler with added makeup, lightened hair, bigger lips and a blurred complexion
That’s more like it: In Dean’s pictures, Stella’s hair was styled in a chic blow out and she had on a no-makeup makeup look, wearing a blue graduation gown and a floral lei while holding onto a bouquet of flowers
Tori, 49, and Dean, 55, are parents to five children: sons Liam, 15, Finn, nine, and Beau, five, and daughters Stella, 14, and Hattie, 10.
Stella’s graduation comes as Tori and Dean are taking a break from their 16-year marriage.
After months of rumors that the actors romance has been on the rocks, a source told Us Weekly the couple are ‘going through with a trial separation.’
Tori and Dean have been together since 2006 and share five kids together, McDermott also shares son Jack, 23, with his ex-wife Mary Jo Eustace.
Friends of the actress are concerned as they no longer hear from her, according to the source. Pals have attempted to reach out to Tori but never hear back.
Over it? Stella’s graduation comes as Tori and Dean are taking a break from their 16-year marriage; Seen in 2019
Tori, 49, and Dean, 55, are parents to five children: sons Liam, 15, Finn, nine, and Beau, five, and daughters Stella, 14, and Hattie, 10
‘She hasn’t been doing social things anymore. She seems to be isolating herself. She’s been so MIA that they’re worried something’s going on – if she’s having money troubles again or is depressed,’ the source said.
The insider also claimed Tori and her friends have not been gathering together like they once did.
Meanwhile, Tori celebrated her 49th birthday in May in West Hollywood.
The actress flashed her midriff in a crop top and spandex shorts as she was seen leaving the restaurant Catch LA with friends.
Tori donned a cleavage-baring black crop top with matching spandex shorts and a leather jacket.
The 90210 star added netted tights, combat boots, and a bronze hued handbag, opting to carry her smart phone.
Tori wore her blonde tresses loose around her with smokey eye makeup and glossy pink lips.
Her husband Dean was not part of her group for the early birthday celebrations.
Tori and Dean, 55, have been under intense scrutiny for months regarding the unstable state of their marriage.
Her comments: Tori and Dean have been under intense scrutiny for months regarding the unstable state of their marriage; seen in 2019 at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital’s 20th Annual Party on the Pier at the Santa Monica Pier
The duo were pictured together in late November 2021 for the first time since reports of their impending divorce; the duo were seen taking their children to dinner.
In late November, Tori further fanned the rumor mill when she shared her family holiday card – featuring herself and their five kids with Dean McDermott not pictured.
The photo came five months after the couple sparked rumors of a split after they were seen sans wedding rings, according to US Weekly.
Soon after, Tori revealed during an appearance on SiriusXM’s Jeff Lewis Live that they are not sleeping in the same bed.
Strike a pose: Tori took snaps with friends at her birthday dinner in May in West Hollywood