Valerie Bertinelli is a “happily divorced” woman.
The actress and Food Network star shared a video on Twitter On Tuesday, she announced that her divorce from financial planner Tom Vitale was complete.
“I’m at the airport, I’m about to visit Wolfie,” said 62-year-old Bertinelli, referring to her son Wolfgang Van Halen. My lawyer just called. The papers were all signed. They are about to be submitted.”
She cheerfully added, “On 11/22/22 I’m officially (expletive) divorced! Happily divorced. God, finally! It’s finally over.”
“11.22.22 second best day of my life,” Bertinelli captioned the video.
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Bertinelli married 59-year-old Vitale in January 2011. Nearly nine years into their marriage, they separated in December 2019 and filed for legal separation in November 2021.
The actress and Food Network star cited “irreconcilable differences” as the grounds for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court of California documents obtained by USA TODAY.
According to court documents, the couple had a prenuptial agreement in December 2010 that is “in full force and effect and fully binding on the parties.”
Vitale and Bertinelli have no children together. Bertinelli was previously married to rocker Eddie Van Halen, with whom she shares Wolfgang.
Valerie Bertinelli says she’s “happy.” to possibly “spend the rest of my life alone” after a second divorce
Speaking to USA TODAY in January, the “Valerie’s Home Cooking” star got candid about her relationship with Van Halen and the troubles that plagued her second marriage to Vitale, which are documented in her memoir “Enough Al: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today.”
Bertinelli began writing the book just weeks after Van Halen died on October 6, 2020, after a long battle with cancer.
Although the actress wrote extensively about her first marriage, there are few stories about her second husband, Vitale.
“I tried to be very sensitive to Tom and (Van Halen’s wife until his death, Janie Liszewski) because they are private individuals and I don’t want to tell their story,” Bertinelli said. “I was just trying to tell the story between me and Ed without being hurtful.”
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She described the decision to part ways with Vitale in “Enough already” as “a slow, painful decision. But we’ve drifted away from the interests that made us a couple and found that those differences can’t be resolved. He’s a good man who goes through many of the same issues I’ve faced: what can he do to give meaning and purpose to his life? where can he find joy? what is he passionate about? what has he learned? and what is he doing? did he move forward differently? The paths we thought we were on changed.”
Bertinelli added that the divorce “has nothing to do with Ed” and that her marital problems started five years ago.
“I only want the best for him, but I think I have to be alone,” she told USA TODAY. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but right now I just need to be alone.”
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