Valerie Bertinelli has shared the last words Eddie Van Halen gave her in October 2020, after a long battle against cancer. An excerpt from her memoir is available here. Let’s get it out of the way: Learn to love who I am todayPublished by PEOPLEBefore Van Halen’s Jan. 18 release, the actress, 61, recalled the last moments she and Wolfgang, Van Halen’s 30-year-old, shared with him.
Bertinelli claimed that her son and she spent every day in Van Halen’s hospital during his final days. Janie Liszewski, his second wife, and Alex Van Halen, his brother, were also present. Bertinelli wrote Van Halen’s final words in their final moments. “‘I love you’ are the last words Ed says to Wolfie and me,”She recalled: “and they are the last words we say to him before he stops breathing.”
Bertinelli and Van Halen got married in 1981. They welcomed Wolfgang in 1991. They divorced in 2007, but the couple remained friendly throughout their marriage. Bertinelli also stated in her book that the couple had a daughter. “no greater love than what we had between the two of us,”She also said that Van Halen was her favorite. “more than I know how to explain. …I loved his soul.”
“We were portrayed as a mismatch,”She continued the book. “The bad boy rock star and America’s sweetheart but privately, Ed wasn’t the person people thought he was and neither was I.”Bertinelli later said that Van Halen regretted not being closer to her because of both their second marriages.
“There is no chance we are going to get back together,” Bertinelli wrote, “but I do know if one of us were to open up, the other one would too, and I don’t want to get into that.”Bertinelli stated that it was difficult to convey the love they shared over the years, more than a year after Van Halen’s passing. “I can’t explain the feelings Ed and I had for each other,”She wrote. “Who really knows had he not died. I doubt it. I loved him more than I know how to explain and there’s nothing sexual about it. It was more than that. And Ed and I understood that.”