NEW YORK – Tori Spelling, who recently gave birth to her first child, says she began reconciling with her mother, Candy, in the last weeks of her pregnancy.
"It was mutual," the 33-year-old actress tells Us Weekly in its April 16 issue. "We both reached out at the same time by phone in the weeks before I had Liam."
Their 9-month estrangement was juicy gossip in the tabloids, with mother and daughter sitting apart during a tribute to famed TV producer Aaron Spelling at the Emmy Awards last August.
Spelling, who produced shows such as "Beverly Hills, 90210," which starred his daughter, died last June at 83 after suffering a stroke. Other shows he created include "Charlie's Angels" and "Dynasty."
Candy Spelling was in the delivery room when Tori Spelling gave birth to 6-pound, 6-ounce Liam Aaron McDermott by Caesarean section at a Los Angeles hospital last month.
"When she walked through that hospital door when I was in labor, it was like I had just seen her yesterday," Spelling says. "We both started to cry and hug, and I said, `I love you, Mommy,' and she said, `I love you.' That was it. I wish my dad got to see it, but I think he is looking down on us."
What led to the two-sided silent treatment?
"Nothing really transpired between us," Tori Spelling says. "After reading so many stories, I think we both thought, `Does she hate me? Did I do something?' We were both scared to reach out to each other. Now that we're together, we realize that there is no feud."
Spelling says she's sad that she lost a year with her mother. "There's an empty spot in your heart when family is missing from your life," she says.
Spelling and her husband, Dean McDermott, star in the reality series "Tori & Dean: Inn Love" on Oxygen Media Corp.'s Oxygen network. The couple are seen opening their own bed and breakfast on the show.