Together for almost four decades, Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen experienced so much together before breaking up. Recently, Bertinelli reflected on saying goodbye to the late legendary rock star.
In a PEOPLE exclusive Valerie Bertinelli recounted her time with Eddie Van Halen, who passed away from cancer in late 2020. She recounts the “love, anger, frustration, and friendship” the two shared while together and raising their son, Wolfgang. “I loved Ed more than I know how to explain,” she said. “I loved his soul.”
PEOPLE also managed to secure excerpts from Bertinelli’s memoir, Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today. Talking about their early years, Bertinelli states she and Eddie “were portrayed as a mismatch. The bad boy rock star and America’s sweetheart but privately, Ed wasn’t the person people thought he was and neither was I.” Despite that, the two stayed together for nearly four decades until they eventually divorced in 2007.
Though they both remarried in later years, they shared a special bond, and Eddie’s cancer only strengthened it. Bertinelli specifically recalls Thanksgiving day in 2019, when he came to her home and asked to speak privately with her. Finding refuge in a friend’s car, he handed her a bag with a pendant-sized gold bar.
Telling her he got it for her while receiving cancer treatments in Germany, he became emotional. “I hope you don’t think it’s weird, you know, that I bought my ex-wife this gift and didn’t get my wife anything,” he said with tears in his eyes. “I just love you.”
Though the two separated, Valerie Bertinelli states the two always loved one another.
Wolf Van Halen Talks About How 2021 Left Him at a ‘Loss for Words’
Since his father’s passing in late 2020, Wolf Van Halen has kept himself quite busy. Celebrating the new year and looking forward, he recently talked about how 2021 left him at a “loss for words.”
Taking his thoughts about last year to Instagram, he found himself overwhelmed, but thankful.
“2021 was a huge and emotional year for me,” the caption begins. “Some good, some bad, but goddamn am I thankful for so much that happened. I’m honestly at a loss for words, because I don’t know how to properly convey just how important this year has been to me. All I can say is: Thank you. Be well, be safe, and I’ll see ya in ‘22.”
He’s not kidding about it being a big year for him. 2021 saw his band, Mammoth WVH, earning a Grammy nomination. Additionally, he has his “Young Guns Tour” with Dirty Honey slated for this year and beginning this month.