Tori Spelling going through a "public infidelity scandal
" with her husband, Dean McDermott, actually helped strengthen their relationship in the long run.
"Because we had to start over," Spelling explained. "The relationship was just broken into a million pieces."
The 42-year-old actress and mother of four admitted that she received both support and criticism for her decision to stay with McDermott after news broke that he had cheated on her.
"There's people who are like, 'Wow that's so great you stuck by him and worked through it,' and there's other people who are like, 'He's a cheater and I can't believe you wouldn't leave him,'" Spelling shared.
"[Others said], 'Oh it's because of the children," Spelling continued. "I did have to account for the children, of course, but I also had to account for the love that I had for this man and the relationship that we had [and] the life we had together."
Spelling admitted that she and her 49-year-old husband "worked really hard to gain that trust back" and that they've been slowly rebuilding the trust
in their marriage "every day," but that it's been making their connection even stronger.
"We have now more of an open communication and relationship than we've ever had before," Spelling said.
Spelling shared similar sentiments with ET back in January at David Tutera's star-studded 50th Birthday Party in Los Angeles, where she opened up about having to "rebirth [their] relationship as something that was new and kind of moving on toward the future."
McDermott, who accompanied Spelling to the event, added, "Our relationship is in the best place it's ever been."