Difficult Times of Valerie Bertinelli: From Her Really Sad Wedding Day to a Painful Divorce
Valerie Bertinelli might portray the image of living a blessed life, but her reality is a little different. She has suffered through her fair share of painful experiences. Famously known for playing "girl next door" Barbara Cooper on "One Day at a Time," Valerie Bertinelli's life appears touched by gold.
However, that could not be further from the truth. Her personal life has had many tumultuous moments. From her struggle with drug addiction to cheating on her then-husband Eddie Van Halen and even a long struggle with body-image issues here is a glimpse into her troubled past.
A Child Star
Bertinelli is an American actress and author who has won two Golden Globe Awards and has become a household name thanks to her roles such as Melanie Moretti on ‘Hot in Cleveland’ and Barbara on ‘One Day at a Time.’ The award-winning star began her acting career when she was just a young teenager, at the age of 15.
The actress was able to professionally pursue her dream of acting when she one day struck up a friendship with the daughter of a TV producer. Ever since that moment, Valerie’s love for show business continued to grow. The celebrity ended up studying at the Tami Lynn School of Artists and started her career as an actress soon after.
Valerie first received her experience as an actress in 1974, after working on an episode of the TV series ‘Apple’s Way.’ Her big break finally came in 1975, on CBS’ hit show ‘One Day at a Time.’ By 1981, Bertinelli had become famous enough to form her own film company and produced ‘Shattered Vows’ in 1984, as well as ‘Silent Witness’ in 1985.
Not only did she produce them, but she acted in television movies as well. Bertinelli continued to act in various films and series throughout the years, including ‘C.H.O.M.P.S.,’ ‘Ordinary Heroes,’ and ‘Number One with a Bullet.’ Overtime, Valerie gained a significant amount of weight and was being publicly slammed for it. But by March 2009, the actress lost 50 pounds after joining Jenny Craig’s weight loss program. She went on to become a spokesperson for the program and worked for a number of its advertisements.
In 2010, the star was invited to co-host ‘The View’ and starred in the hit TV series ‘Hot In Cleveland’ that same year. Ever since the situation comedy came to an end in 2015, Bertinelli has been hosting a food show called ‘Kids Baking Championship,’ which airs on Food Network.
Her Current Net Worth
Most of her net worth has come from her marriage to Eddie Van Halen, along with her successful career. The current estimation is around $20 million, which has been earned thanks to the decades of hard work the star has been putting in, in order to thrive. Bertinelli opened up about her new memoir, "Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time," where she describes the pain of her past on the Today show. She said:
"It's really about what happened to me, the choices I made — good, bad, ugly — and how it changed me and how I was able to get beyond that. I figured I really had been under this façade for so long. And then when Jenny Craig called me and I was able to successfully do their diet, I thought there's nothing left to really hide from anymore."
Opening Up About Her Addiction
In her memoir, she spoke about her addiction and substance abuse. She even discusses the very first time she started experimenting. Valerie revealed that she first tried cocaine with her "One Day" co-star Mackenzie Phillips while in her teens. However, she only began truly experimenting with substances after she started dating rocker Eddie Van Halen.
Her Wedding to Eddie Van Halen
Eight months after Eddie and her started dating, they tied the knot. She was only twenty years at the time, and their wedding day was actually extremely sad. In her book, she revealed that drugs played a significant role in their marriage from the beginning.
"The priest we tapped to perform the ceremony gave us questionnaires so he could get to know us better and offer more personal words. As we filled out the forms at home, we each held a little vial of coke," wrote Bertinelli. She later said in an interview, "It doesn't really bode well for the marriage, I don't think."
Bertinelli eventually decided to get clean and finally kicked the habit. However, her husband continued partying and struggled with his addiction.
Infidelity in the Marriage
However, substance abuse was not the only problem for the couple. Bertinelli and Van Halen's marriage was also riddled with infidelity on both sides. Bertinelli was the first to have an affair according to Van Halen. She admitted that she did cheat in the earlier years of their marriage saying:
"Yes, I did, four years into our marriage, cheat. And it was a shame and it was a guilt that I carried with me for a very long time. And I don't like that, so I really wanted to get that out of me."
The pair eventually split up, and their divorce was finalized in 2007. They have a 16-year-old son, Wolfgang, together. "I got tired of, once again, hiding and thinking this is not the life I want for myself, for Wolfie, especially, and I don't want to keep treating Ed so badly," explained Valerie.
Working on the CBS series ended up meaning much more for Bertinelli than she expected. The actress shared that the show ties with her life offscreen as a mother too. The star joined fellow actors Della Reese, Downey, and John Dye on the series, which is about a group of angels that were sent to Earth, in order to help the distressed. Currently, the series is on its seventh season.
Bertinelli on 'Touched By An Angel'
For the couple, Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen, who’ve been married for 20 years and have a 10-year old son, Wolfgang, the show works offscreen. The actress shared: "It's one show that I know for sure Wolfy can watch with me, and we can talk about and we can actually go into more serious subjects."
She also feels like she’s come back to familiar territory. The actress returned to CBS, where she starred in ‘One Day at a Time’ from 1975-84 and has played in a number of different movies and series ever since. She added: "I feel like I've never really left. I'm always the most at home there."
Bertinelli is an old friend of the show’s director, and actually has a home where the show is being filmed in Utah. Regardless, the star was still hesitant about returning to a full-time series:
"I was just a little bit worried about working that much, because in the last 10 years I've been more a mom than anything. I used to call myself a sometime actress, and still think of myself that way."
The actress’ main priority now is her family. Van Halen went through a cancer battle last year, and although he is healthy now, the frightening experience put everything into perspective. Her marriage has gone through a positive change in the last two years as well:
"We're having the best years right now. It's taken us this long though; it's a work in progress."
Something We All Did We Not Know About Valerie
There are some secrets about Valerie Bertinelli that we all have missed:
1. This beautiful woman can't leave her house without having her reading glasses.
2. Valerie's parents have been enjoying marital bliss for 59 years.
3. She would love more than anything to live in Italy.
4. Every Sunday, she has to drink coffee and do a crossword puzzle.
5. She would like to go to culinary school.
6. Her favorite choice of drinks are champagne, zinfandel, or a dirty martini.
7. She does needlepoint and even made a Christmas stocking for her son, Wolfie that took her eight months to make when he was just 5.
8. Valerie, our very own star, drives a street-legal golf cart to work every day.
9. If Valerie could make every single thing one color, it'd be yellow. Valerie's favorite color is yellow.
10. We had no idea that she has a tattoo, but apparently, she does. She tattooed a "w" on her left ankle because of her son.
Who knew that the actress and television personality was so attached to her reading glasses. The tattoo is one that surprised us also. Which of these did you know beforehand and which did you get to find out about? Tell us in the comments section and share this article with a friend today.