- Valerie Bertinelli spoke about her weight and mental health to Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager in a recent episode of Today with Hoda and Jenna.
- “A lot of challenges, a lot of heartbreak, a lot of crazy things are happening in my life right now,” the star said.
- When asked about her recent divorce, she shares what she learned about herself in the process.
Valerie Bertinelli has long been open about how she internalizes her weight and the effects it has on her mental health. And now, she offers even more information about the connection between the two. Earlier this week, the Food Network star made her an appearance Today with Hoda and Jenna, sharing how her weight is helping protect her mind.
“I haven’t reached a ladder since I finished writing the book,” Bertinelli said during the interview. “I’m looking at the monitor and I’m trying not to judge myself too harshly right now because I know I’m still holding on to this weight because it’s protecting me because I’m going through a lot of challenges, a lot of heartbreak, a lot of crazy things are going on in my life in this moment.
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The heartbreak Bertinelli was probably referring to? Her divorce from Tom Vitale, whom she married in 2011, and the loss of her ex-husband, rocker Eddie Van Halen, who died of throat cancer in 2020. Despite his mental health having “snowball”, Bertinelli said that he knows it will get better.
“When I am healthier internally and emotionally … the weight will decrease, because I know that I am treating my body better, I am drinking less alcohol, I am eating less sugar, I am putting more vegetables in my body, but my body is doing it. for a reason … because it needs protection. “
Bertinelli has been open about her body image issues, having written a detailed memoir that touches on the subject- Enough already—Which reached the top spot in the standings New York Times list of bestsellers. Kotb stepped in to celebrate Bertinelli’s victories, showing his lack of surprise at the book’s success, stating that it went so well because of Bertinelli’s vulnerable and recognizable character, saying “we all feel like you”.
In difficult times, Bertinelli said he sometimes forgets “all the good things”. And “Valerie’s Home Cooking,” Bertinelli’s show on The Food Network, has been renewed for another season and nominated for an Emmy. Bertinelli’s son Wolfgang Van Halen was also recently nominated for a Grammy. So the star has quite a few things to celebrate.
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When asked what he learned from his last divorce, Bertinelli said he understood that “I am stronger than I think I am, I am emotionally stronger than I think I am and I deserve better than I think I do.”
After an honest and sincere interview, Bertinelli concluded the segment by sharing that when things really seem “dark”, she overcomes them with gratitude and starting each day by giving thanks for the wonderful life she has.
We congratulate Bertinelli on speaking so bluntly about her mental health journey and can’t wait to hear what bits of wisdom she will share next.
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