Rock stars have been notorious for living difficult lives, full of distraction. Eddie Van Halen had just the life most expect. He had a habit of getting intoxicated in more ways than one. But, despite that, he found love that resulted in a marriage that lasted longer than a lot of other actors and musicians. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he told his ex-wife and child that he loved them. Regardless of whether or not their marriage had failed.
Van Halen and Bertinelli Found Love at First Sight
Many women have dreamed of having a love affair with a Rockstar. But, few actualize this. Valeri Bertinelli was one woman who landed a Rockstar husband. She was famous for her role in One Day at a Time, an American TV show where she very quickly became that “girl next door,” and a favorite amongst fans. She was only 20 years old at the time.
Valerie met Van Halen in 1980. Her brother had invited her to a concert of his, and she was swooning over the idea of him. When asked if she would attend, she said: ‘Oh, yeah, I’ll be going. He’s a cutie.'”
Valerie described it as “love at first sight,” and a few days after the concert, Van Hale called her up and asked her out. “So I went out and visited, and we never separated from then on,” Valerie recalled.
Van Halen was a gentleman, not a Bad Boy
Most people would assume he was a bad boy, what with his hardcore rocker lifestyle. But Valerie admitted that it was her who was the bad influence. He was a gentleman, and so much so that he insisted they sleep in separate rooms when they first got together. “He was the good one, I was the bad one,” she said.
The two had a powerful connection in bed. So, when she was invited to be on Oprah she was asked to recount, which made her shy. Oprah read from her book: “You said you made love like there was a hunger that you never filled before.”
A Few Months Later, They Got Hitched!
It only took a few months before they decided to tie the knot. Van Halen might have been a gentleman, but according to insiders, Van Halen had developed a habit of excessive drinking. He managed to remain sober for the wedding ceremony, but his manager had found them in the bathroom before their reception, and he was intoxicated while Valerie cried her eyes out. The night ended very ungallantly, but apparently, it was a typical night’s end. Valerie said: “I passed out on the bed in my gown, and Ed fell asleep in the bathroom.”
Van Halen’s wife tried to maintain a similar lifestyle as her husband so they would spend some time together. This meant partying non-stop on the weeks she was not acting for One Day at a Time, which ultimately “destroyed” her body. According to Valerie, their marriage looked like the perfect marriage to outsiders, but when you looked through the cracks, there was little to no connection. In 19921, they welcomed their son, Wolfgang.