Tori Spelling says late Beverly Hills, 90210 costar Luke Perry confided in her that he had been in a romantic relationship with Madonna in the early 90s.
Spelling, 50, opened up about the reveal on Sunday’s episode of her podcast with Jennie Garth, 90210MG, recalling details of how Perry told her about the burgeoning relationship on the set of the hit Fox series.
‘I will never forget him pulling me into his dressing room and telling me,’ Spelling said. ‘I felt so confided in – “Oh, my God, he’s telling me about Madonna!”‘
Perry, who died March 4, 2019 at the age of 52, played Spelling an answering machine message that Madonna had left for him, Spelling said.
‘Remember how we used to have answering machines, you guys?’ Spelling said. ‘He played me a message from her. I was like, “You’re the coolest person in the whole world. One, cause you’re Luke Perry, and two, because Madonna wants you.”‘
Tori Spelling, 50, says late Beverly Hills, 90210 costar Luke Perry confided in her that he had been in a romantic relationship with Madonna, 65, in the early 90s. Madonna and Perry were pictured at a gala in LA in December of 1991
Spelling opened up about the reveal on Sunday’s episode of her podcast with Jennie Garth, 90210MG. Pictured in December in LA
Garth, 51, asked Spelling, ‘Did I know that?’ to which she replied, ‘Jen, we kept these things from you because you would want to hear.’
Perry was a breakout star playing the role of Dylan McKay in the early years of the Fox teen drama. He would go on to appearing in eight of the show’s 10 seasons during its run between 1990 and 2000, as he did not appear in the show’s seventh or eighth seasons while exploring other career options.
Perry crossed paths with Madonna at a gala from the American Foundation for AIDS Research at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills, California in late 1991, Vanity Fair reported in its July 1992 issue.
Madonna had personally called the pop culture heartthrob to present her with an award at the event after the scheduled presenter, late show business icon Elizabeth Taylor, fell ill with the flu.
Perry and the musical icon kissed when he was on the stage at the event, prompting rumors of a romance, according to Vanity Fair.
Following their romance, Perry went on to wed Rachel Sharpe in 1993, and the pair were wed until 2003, welcoming son Jack, 26, and daughter Sophie, 23, in that time. Jack is a professional wrestler with AEW, while Sophie is an actress.
After dating Perry, Madonna went on to romances with actor Carlos Leon, who is father to her daughter Lourdes Leon, 27. The Material Girl subsequently wed filmmaker Guy Ritchie, who is father to her son Rocco Ritchie, 23.
Madonna has also adopted four children: Son David Banda, 18, (with Ritchie); daughter Mercy James, 18; and twin daughters Stella and Estere, 11.
Perry crossed paths with Madonna at a gala from the American Foundation for AIDS Research at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills, California in late 1991
Perry and Madonna were among the most prominent pop culture stars in the early 90s
(L-R) Gabrielle Carteris, Spelling, Brian Austin Green, Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth and Ziering were seen in 2019 on the reboot BH90210
Spelling is in good sprits as she turns the page on a challenging 2023 in which she dealt with a series of financial problems, insecure living conditions, physical illness and her separation from estranged husband Dean McDermott.
The past year had been a trying one for other members of the Beverly Hills, 90210 cast.
Shannen Doherty had to undergo a surgical procedure to remove a tumor from her head taken on January 16, 2023, going public with the news in her long-running health battle in June. (Doherty was initially diagnosed in 2015 with breast cancer and in February 2020, said she had been diagnosed with stage four breast cancer.)
Also in January, Doherty and ex-husband Kurt Iswarienko separated, and she revealed they were divorcing in April amid ‘irreconcilable differences.’
The show’s Ian Ziering told People last month that Doherty ‘has always been a fighter,’ and is ‘really an incredible woman.’
He said of her health battle: ‘It’s not over. She’s got a long road in front of her. She’s so courageous and strong, and stands as a role model to those that are facing similar adversities.’
Ziering encountered a dangerous incident on the year’s last day, as he was attacked by multiple mini-bike riders on December 31 while driving on Hollywood Boulevard. He did not suffer injuries in the wake of the scary altercation, which remains under investigation.
The new year started off on a sad note, as David Gail, who played the role of Stuart Carson on the series over eight episodes from 1991–1994, died earlier this year in what authorities were investigating as a possible drug overdose.