Valerie Bertinelli Shares What Eddie Van Halen’s Passing Taught Her

Valerie Bertinelli recently joined Today’s Hoda Kotb for an interview and revealed what she learned from her ex-husband Eddie Van Halen‘s tragic passing.

Eddie Van Halen struggled with alcoholism and drug abuse throughout his life. He started smoking and drinking at a very young age, at twelve, and got so addicted to alcohol that he needed it to function. Later on, Eddie entered rehab in 2007 and got sober in a year. However, he was sadly diagnosed with tongue cancer.

Despite the seriousness of his situation, Eddie continued to smoke and use drugs. Although he was declared cancer-free in 2002, the guitarist was diagnosed with throat cancer and hospitalized in 2019. On October 6, 2020, Eddie died of a stroke at the hospital, surrounded by his wife Janie, Wolfgang, and ex-wife Bertinelli.

In a recent interview with Today’s Hoda Kotb, Bertinelli said that Eddie’s passing taught her that love always wins even if your loved one is gone. According to the actress, one can still be grateful for love after their partner’s passing and return to that pivotal point inside themselves.

Bertinelli then added that she and Eddie had their ups and downs, but they were able to find their way back to love and forgiveness. After that, she shed some tears when saying she wished Eddie hadn’t died as it would be great to spend more time with him.

During the conversation, Hoda Kotb asked Valerie Bertinelli the following:

“What did Eddie’s passing teach or reveal to you, do you think, in your life?”

Bertinelli then answered:

“Love. If there’s nothing else in this world, go back to that key point that you know, that you have inside you, that you feel for the people closest to you. That love always wins no matter what, even when they’re gone. There’s still that love to be grateful for that you had.”

Kotb added:

“And you had a good relationship with Ed throughout.”

Bertinelli said:

“We had our bumpy moments as well. But near the end, yeah. I wrote about it in the book because I just thought it was something that people needed to hear that no matter what you go through, you can always find your way back to love and forgiveness. We were able to do that gratefully. I wish he hadn’t died after that. It would have been nice to spend more time with him. I was grateful we had that.”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.