Eddie Van Halen’s ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli recently discussed her new book, “Enough Already: Learning To Love The Way I Am Today”. Bertinelli reflected on the special relationship she shared with her late ex-husband. It was previously noted that Eddie Van Halen ‘wanted to fight’ before his death. Bertinelli previously talked about Eddie’s alcohol addiction and she recently revealed that Eddie had drank as recently as 2014 in her new book.
Valerie Bertinelli opens up on Eddie Van Halen
NightTrain5150 recently posted on the VHLinks.com forum about what Valerie said about Eddie’s last relapse. Val’s book mentioned Ed had been sober for 5 years before he died, but the drugs and alcohol abuse was previously thought to have stopped for good after the 2008 tour was over.
Here is what the fan said about the matter: “One of the things that I love about Ed’s 2015 ‘What it means to be an American’ interview is that he’s so sober and clear-eyed and damn *shy* throughout the whole thing. I don’t think there’s any other interview ever where you see him like that. It was just nice to hear him talk about his addiction issues in the past tense and how Wolfgang was key to his sobriety. Just thinking out loud why reading that line from Valerie’s book affected me that way.”
Bertinelli split with Van Halen in 2002 after 21 years of marriage. They officially divorced in 2007. Eddie then went on to marry Janie Liszewski in 2009, while Valerie also remarried, tying the knot with Tom Vitale in 2011. Valerie previously divulged that both marriages were struggling before Eddie’s death. She eventually filed for separation from Vitale in November 2021.
Eddie was diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2000 and had tongue surgery. He later battled lung cancer and had been receiving radiation treatment in Germany. The situation worsened in early 2019 when Eddie got in a motorcycle accident. He was subsequently diagnosed with a brain tumor, and received gamma knife radiosurgery to treat the illness. Eddie passed away in October 2020 at the age of 65 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California.