Valerie Bertinelli was America’s sweetheart, with a wholesome girl-next-door image when she starred in the 1980’s sitcom, “One Day at a Time” for nine years. Valerie appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and “The View” this week to open up about her recent 40 pound weight loss, Jenny Craig, marriage to Eddie Van Halen, divorce, drug abuse, infidelity and her new book “Losing It: Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time.”
Valerie has always been cute. She was cute in her coming of age years on “One Day at a Time.” She was cute as the chubby angel in “Touched by an Angel.” Valerie is cute, and stunning, after her 40 pound weight loss.
Amazing was her revelation that she felt fat next to co-star Mackenzie Phillips. Phillips is the daughter of John Phillips of the 1960’s group, “The Mamas and the Papas.” Mackenzie Phillips, always rail thin, had drug and alcohol addictions which caused behavior that resulted in her firing from “One Day at a Time.” I think that most people considered Valerie the cute one of the two actresses that played sisters. Valerie saw herself as the fat one.
Many people that were scratching their heads in wonder when America’s Sweetheart married rocker Eddie Van Halen. The good girl/bad boy marriage seemed like a mismatch from the start, but their marriage lasted twenty years. It makes sense that a marriage to a rock star, would be tumultuous. Rock stars are notorious for drug abuse, alcohol abuse and sex with groupies. Eddie Van Halen has been in rehab for drug and alcohol abuse more than once. Valerie opened up about the problems in their long-time marriage
Valerie Bertinelli met Eddie Van Halen at a concert that she attended with her brothers. She said it was love at first sight, but was upset when it took him three days to call. Eddie was a gentlemen when they were dating, even insisting on separate bedrooms. On the Oprah Show, Valerie was shy about talking about the first time the couple made love, but writes about the sexual experience in her book.
Valerie was using cocaine to keep up with the rock star lifestyle, while still acting in “One Day at at Time.” She described the couple filling in the priest’s questionnaires for their wedding vows, while each star held a small vial of cocaine.
Infidelity was a part of the couple’s marriage. Surprisingly, Valerie claimed that she cheated on Eddie first. She said the first incidence of cheating was when she had sex with another man five years after the wedding. Bertinelli also revealed that she had a brief. sexual relationship with director Stephen Spielberg before she had met Eddie.
Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli were married for 20 years. They were separated for six years before divorcing in 2007 The couple has one son, Wolfgang Van Halen, who plays in Van Halen’s band.
Valerie equated the weight loss of 40 lost pounds to losing shame. She was ashamed of herself and packed on the pounds. She was ready to lose the weight when Jenny Craig Weight Loss Company contacted her about being a spokesperson. That’s right, Jenny Craig called her. Oprah and Valerie joked that you must be fat when Jenny Craig calls you.
Valerie said her comfort food of choice was Jalapeno Poppers. She still keeps a bag of the tasty treats in her freezer to remind her not to eat unconsciously or emotionally. The Oprah Show filmed Valerie and her refrigerator. Valerie keeps handy snacks, such as hard boiled eggs, sugar free Jell-O and fat free whipped cream in the refrigerator. The freezer is full of Jenny Craig meals.
Valerie and her boyfriend, Tom, take daily walks of at least a mile. The couple wears weight vests to burn extra calories when they walk. The daily walks are a time of togetherness for the couple to have long talks and exercise.
There have been rumors that Valerie Bertinelli and Kirstie Alley, another Jenny Craig spokesperson, did not get along. If that is true, there was no indication of it in the Oprah interview. Valerie spoke highly of Kirstie Alley, stating that Kirstie was a lot of fun.
Valerie Bertinelli’s boyfriend, Tom Vitale, appeared in the audience of “The Oprah Show” and “The View” for the interviews. Valerie seems to have it all right now. She looks great, is in love and seems happy.
“Losing It: Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time,” written by Valerie Bertinelli, is the story of her journey. “Losing It” is Bertinelli’s frank account of her life as an actress, celebrity, marriage, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, motherhood, losing weight and getting your life back.