Valerie Bertinelli, the former wife of late rockstar Eddie Van Halen, recently made headlines after filing for divorce from her husband of over a decade, Tom Vitale. While the reason behind their split was cited as “irreconcilable differences,” some speculate that Valerie’s feelings for her ex-husband may have played a role. Here’s a closer look at Valerie’s divorce from Tom and the rumors surrounding her enduring love for Eddie.
Valerie’s Love, Marriage, and Split
Did Valerie Bertinelli’s heart still beat for Eddie Van Halen? Some people seem to think so and that it could’ve led to the end of her marriage to Tom Vitale.
You see, Valerie’s most famous romance was with the rock god, whom she wed in 1981 and bore a son, Wolfgang, ten years after. However, the couple called it quits in 2001 and officially divorced in 2007.
But time flies, and love finds a way, right? Eddie went on to marry his publicist Janie Liszewski in 2009, while Valerie walked down the aisle with financial planner Tom Vitale a year after.
However, fast-forward to May 2022, we heard the news that Valerie filed for divorce from Tom. Apparently, it was due to “irreconcilable differences.” Court documents revealed that they had already split in December 2019, and Valerie filed for legal separation the following November.
And if that’s not enough, according to Radar Online, the divorce wasn’t exactly a smooth ride. Despite having a prenup in place, Tom wanted spousal support from Valerie.
He even asked for $50,000 a month and another hefty sum of $200,000 for his legal fees. Tom claimed that he was struggling to find work since his license expired during their marriage, and he focused on building up Valerie’s business instead of renewing it. He even took a job at Postal Annex in Malibu with a pay of $16 per hour.
In the end, the two reached a settlement, and Valerie had to pay a one-time settlement of $2.2 million to her ex-husband. Thankfully, Tom’s plea for continuous spousal support was refused by the court. Valerie later expressed her joy about the divorce on social media, calling it the “second best day of my life.”
Valerie’s Love for Eddie Van Halen and the Speculations Surrounding Her Divorce
It’s worth noting that after Valerie’s marriage to Tom, she dubbed Eddie her “soulmate.” Talk about a love that never truly dies.
We can’t say for sure if that was the reason for her divorce from Tom, but who knows? Love is a funny thing, and sometimes it’s just not meant to last.
Valerie celebrated her divorce on social media, expressing happiness that their separation was official and describing herself as “happily divorced.”