VALERIE BERTINELLI FEELS REJECTED BY SON WOLFGANG VAN HALEN
October 9, 2009
From her dramatic weight loss to her divorce from Eddie Van Halen, Valerie Bertinelli has been through her fair share of changes in recent years.
In an interview with Ladies’ Home Journal, the actress and Jenny Craig spokeswoman reveals yet another difficult transition — watching her son become an adult.
“My son doesn’t always want me around as much as I want to be around him,” she writes in her new book ‘Finding It.’
Wolfgang, 18, is now the bassist for Van Halen, and is also in his first serious relationship. Bertinelli confesses that she feels rejected when there isn’t a seat for her on the band’s private jet.
On the upside, Valerie and ex-husband Eddie have reconnected since their bitter divorce in 2007, and she now considers him a good friend.
“Tom (her current boyfriend) and I even sat in the front row at Ed’s wedding last summer,” she said.
Bertinelli and Van Halen were married for 26 years, before things fell apart.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, Bertinelli acknowledged that both she and Van Halen were to blame for the breakdown of their marriage.
“I cheated. He claims to this day that I cheated first, but I don’t know. I don’t know about the timing,” she told Oprah.
In the Ladies’ Home Journal interview, the ‘One Day at a Time’ star also talks about coming to terms with body issues.
“I’ve realized I’m more important than food is. I love a big slice of pizza. But I love myself more,” she says in the issue. “Being thin is about changing the way you think about yourself. It’s about saying you deserve to be healthy. In no way have I perfected this eating thing, and I don’t know that I ever will. But life is about making progress. It’s not about perfection.”
She also defends Kirstie Alley — former spokeswoman of Jenny Craig — for her weight gain.
“I understand it. What woman doesn’t?” she says. “I told her to come work out with me. You need support. Otherwise it’s ‘I’ll start tomorrow, then tomorrow,’ and tomorrow never comes.”