Are Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen Still Friends?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen

If you grew up within the 1980s, you would possibly bear in mind the engagement (‘no way, those two?’), the wedding (‘they look so happy…and like siblings’), and eventually, the divorce (‘he’s too wild, it couldn’t final’) of TV sitcom star Valerie Bertinelli and Van Halen rock legend Eddie Van Halen.

Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen
Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen | Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection by way of Getty Images

Although the 2 are now not collectively, we puzzled in the event that they’re nonetheless no less than pals.

Here’s what we all know.

How Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen met

As the now 59-year-old Bertinelli tells it, in 1980, her brothers wished to go see famous person rock band Van Halen and requested her to come back alongside to assist them get backstage and meet the band.

“I took a look at the 8-track cassette that was in the back of my Corvette,” she recalled to Oprah Winfrey in 2008, “and I noticed an image of Ed, and I went, ‘Oh, yeah, I’ll be going. He’s a cutie.’ “

Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van HalenValerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen
Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen | Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection by way of Getty Images

Once they acquired to satisfy the band and she or he noticed Edward Van Halen, she was smitten instantly. “You had to peel me off the floor,” she stated. A number of days later, Van Halen known as her to get collectively. “So I went out and visited, and we never separated from then on.”

Before lengthy, they have been engaged and dealing on premarital questionnaires for the Catholic priest they’d requested to marry them. Unlike most different {couples}, in addition they did cocaine whereas filling within the kind.

“The priest we tapped to perform the ceremony gave us questionnaires so he could get to know us better and offer more personal words,” she stated. “As we filled out the forms at home, we each held a little vial of cocaine. Now, if you ask me, those are not two people who should be making decisions about the rest of their lives.”

She was 21 years outdated once they married in 1981.

The couple divorced over twenty years later

Unfortunately, the wedded bliss didn’t final, and the previous One Day At A Time star says she cheated on Van Halen early within the marriage.

“Yes, I did, four years into our marriage, cheat,” she informed Meredith Vieira on Today in 2008. “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.”

Eddie Van Halen, Valerie Bertinelli, and son WolfgangEddie Van Halen, Valerie Bertinelli, and son Wolfgang
Eddie Van Halen, Valerie Bertinelli, and son Wolfgang | Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection by way of Getty Images

The couple welcomed a son, Wolfgang, in 1991 and by 2001, they separated. Their divorce was finalized in 2007.

“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.”

Van Halen’s current most cancers and Bertinelli’s response

The 65-year-old rocker developed tongue most cancers in 2000 and needed to have a 3rd of his tongue eliminated at the moment. The most cancers recurred lately, now in his throat, and Van Halen has chosen to hunt therapy in Europe. He blamed copper guitar picks that he would maintain between his tooth for the most cancers.

“I used metal picks — they’re brass and copper — which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got the tongue cancer,” the Netherlands-born guitarist informed Billboard in 2015. “Plus, I basically live in a recording studio that’s filled with electromagnetic energy. So that’s one theory.”

Bertinelli has been to see her former husband throughout his sickness. They’re nonetheless pals; the truth is, they’ve every attended the opposite’s weddings. His to present spouse, former stuntwoman Janie Liszewski and hers to monetary planner Tom Vitale.

Van Halen’s most cancers appears to be below management. His spouse posted on Twitter just a few weeks in the past a photograph celebrating his birthday. “Someone’s celebrating a birthday today,” her post stated.

Read extra: Who is Food Network Star Valerie Bertinelli’s Husband, Tom Vitale?

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