Dean McDermott recently shared on social media that he’s been battling pneumonia and right now his focus is on his health- as well as not letting any haters get to him or his loved ones.

On Tuesday, Hollywood Life shared an interview with the actor who mentioned that even though his fans have been supportive, he’s had his share of Internet trolls in the past. He said he’s come “a long way” with those bullies and will do everything to be there for his children.

“I’m really open with all my kids,” he said. “And, you know, you try to protect them as much as you can.”

The way McDermott helps his kids with trolls is by telling them that any nasty comment that gets posted has nothing to do with the kids, but everything to do with the ones who are posting.

“My son did read something about himself and it really hurt him,” the actor said. “And I told him, ‘You’re not those things that these people are saying. You have to consider what type of person it takes to take time out of their day to get on the phone, to go into their account, to find me or to find whoever they’re going to hate on and write something nasty- not just about them, but about their child. Think of how sad, and hurt, and lonely that person is. So, let’s send them some love.'”

This news came up after McDermott posted on Instagram that with his battle, he just wants to be reunited with his kids and wife, Tori Spelling.

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