Her world turned upside down in August of 2005 when Dean met Tori on the set of a Lifetime TV movie, “Mind Over Murder.” Throughout his three week shoot schedule in Canada, Mary Jo had trouble reaching Dean from home, as she cared for their 7-year-old son and newly adopted infant daughter.The whole thing was just odd, she continues. My daughter was 3-and-a-half weeks, so I was just sort of maintaining at that point and thinking when we connect, Ill find out really what the deal is, because I didn’t know.When Dean did return to California, the family of four headed to Palm Springs for a previously booked vacation- and it’s there in a hotel room where he unleashed the devastating news.He said, you know, She loves me unconditionally. I said, It’s been three weeks!? You know how can someone love you unconditionally?!It was just kind of a bad TV movie, that’s what it sounded, very rehearsed.In the short story, I write about being told of the affair and turning towards the window and seeing these really heavy velvet drapes in Palm Springs and I thought these drapes dont belong here, I don’t belong here. I think my life has really changed from thirty seconds ago to my life now; I knew intuitively and instinctively it was completely different.Healing through words, Mary Jo tells her side of the split through a short story featured in the compilation of short stories: “The Other Woman.” I thought it was a wonderful opportunity and an amazing forum to express a subject that’s essentially taboo with women, Mary Jo explains about her decision to immortalize her story in print. Even though my experience is heightened and surreal in a way, that I think the actual experience, everyone can relate to it. And I’m proud that I was asked to be in it, and Im proud of the short story I contributed.Dean is still involved in their son’s life - while Mary Jo says she finalized the adoption of her daughter as a single parent. And living in Canada has helped shield her kids from the tabloid headlines.If I see one more thing that I’m dumped, or there was a catfight or, oh god-- my epithet, it might be Was dumped for Tori Spelling.”Until then Mary Jo is carrying on making the most of her life, raising her children and working in radio. I’d like to say I had a full life before this happened and now life is different, but you know, I am proud of this anthology. And I am all for women examining these topics, no matter who the other woman is, so I’m proud of that. I do a radio morning show in Canada. 103.9, Proud FM, which I love, which is a ton of fun-- It’s talk and music. I did a cooking show called “What’s For Dinner?” in Canada, we did 600 episodes, a comedy cooking show and my partner and I, Ken Kostick, do this morning show and it’s just silly and fun. And Ive done a few pilots for some shows down here — we’ve moved, weve definitely moved on, we’re moving beyond it and through it? its so much better now.
‘The Other Woman’ From ‘Tori & Dean’: Mary Jo Eustace
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