Valerie Bertinelli’s Final Words to Eddie Van Halen Are Heartbreaking


Eddie Van Halen performing live at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan.

Eddie Van Halen – Story by Cat Badra, photo by Ken Settle

Valerie Bertinelli has revealed the final words she said to Eddie Van Halen as the late rocker was slipping away

The world lost one if its greatest guitarists in late 2020, as Eddie Van Halen, the lead guitarist for Van Halen, passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Now, Halen’s former wife, Valerie Bertinelli, is revealing the final, heartfelt words she spoke to Eddie as he was passing away.

In a new excerpt from her memoir, “Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today,” obtained by People magazine, Bertinelli discusses her strong relationship with Eddie and her final moments with him. In the passage, she writes that as Eddie was slipping away, she told him, with tears falling down her cheeks, “Maybe next time. Maybe next time, we’ll get it right.”

The couple was married for 26 years between 1981 and 2007. In the excerpt, Bertinelli says the two shared almost four decades of “love, anger, frustration and friendship.” She also writes, “I loved Ed more than I know how to explain. I loved his soul.”

In the book, Bertinelli also discusses the pair’s complex love story, which started when the TV darling who starred as Barbara Cooper on “One Day at a Time,” America’s favorite “good girl,” started dating what seemed to be the biggest “bad boy” rocker out there. She met him backstage at one of Van Halen’s concerts, and the two quickly became a hot couple.

In reality, Bertinelli says she was never just the “good girl,” and he was never the “bad boy.” She writes of their relationship, “We were portrayed as a mismatch. The bad boy rock star and America’s sweetheart but privately, Ed wasn’t the person people thought he was and neither was I… I hated the drugs and the alcohol but I never hated him. I saw his pain.”

Bertinelli’s much-anticipated new book, “Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today,” will hit stores on Jan. 18.

Posted by Cat Badra | Music, Rock, Rock News

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