Valerie Bertinelli, actress and ex-wife of the late rock star Eddie Van Halen, is continuing her public campaign against weight shaming.
On Monday, Bertinelli offered a response to a tweet posted by writer Wendy Molyneux. The writer was discussing how her doctor first told her to lose weight, as opposed to diagnosing her cancer. Numerous women began posting anecdotes of doctors shaming people for their weight.
Bertinelli said: “I told my asthma doctor I was thinking of getting pregnant. He told me I might want to lose a little weight first. I WEIGHED 126 POUNDS.”
Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen Married in 1981. It Was a Hollywood Romance
Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen were married for 26 years. As a teenager, Bertinelli starred on One Day at a Time. She married Eddie Van Halen in 1981, days before her 21st birthday. They had a son, Wolfgang Van Halen, who turned 30 earlier this year. Like his dad, “Wolfie” Van Halen sings and plays the guitar.
Bertinelli has battled her weight for decades. Although she weighed only 126 pounds on her doctor visit, you could never be too thin to be on television. When she played Barbara Cooper, she looked like a healthy, Midwestern teenager.
She and Eddie Van Halen were divorced in 2007, but they remained close. He died last October at the age of 65.
Bertinelli Battled Trolls in Emotional Video
Bertinelli became angry at internet trolls earlier this month who were trying to shame her for her weight. She posted an emotionally raw video to her Instagram, sharing the pain she felt when random people told her to lose weight. She wiped away tears as she spoke. Her post went viral.
“Someone… decided to point out that I needed to lose weight.”
“Because see, I don’t have a scale or I don’t have clothes that I’m trying to put on every day, and I don’t have mirrors, so I don’t see what’s become of me,” she added. “So I needed that help to let me know that I need to lose weight.”
She continued: “You’re not being helpful, because when you see somebody who has put some weight on, my first thought is, ‘That person is obviously going through some things.'”
She told Good Housekeeping: “I don’t want to feel shame all the time for having extra weight on my body — and I don’t think I should be made to feel shameful. Because I am still a lovable, kind person, no matter what I weigh.”
Wolf Van Halen came to his mother’s defense in the comments section of her Instagram. It was the most perfect comment a son could have for his mom. He also had a special sort of rock star attitude he likely inherited from dad Eddie Van Halen.
“You’re perfect the way you are, Ma,” he wrote. “I love you. (also for no particular reason, what was that f–ker’s @ so I can harass them with memes?)”