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Valérie Bertinelli files for divorce from husband Tom Vitale

Valérie Bertinelli has filed divorce papers to end her marriage to husband Tom Vitale.

The actor and TV host, 62, submitted papers on May 12 to California Superior Court in Los Angeles – citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their split – in documents obtained by TODAY.

Bertinelli married Vitale, a financial planner, on January 1, 2011. In November 2021, the “Valerie’s Home Cooking” host filed for legal separation from her husband.

However, according to recent divorce papers, Vitale and Bertinelli have been separated since December 2019.

The documents also confirm that the couple have a prenuptial agreement which “is in full force and effect and fully binding on the parties”.

Vitale and Bertinelli have no children together.

On Monday, she uploaded a video to Instagram of herself responding to a fan’s comment about her looking sad.

“I’m just having a really bad day,” she said in the clip. “But you know what? Sometimes we have bad days and then we get over it. And then there’s a good day. So I look forward to the good day.

Bertinelli was previously married to late rock legend Eddie Van Halen from 1981 to 2007. In October 2020, the iconic guitarist died of cancer at age 65.

Since her death, Bertinelli has opened up publicly about the state of their relationship before her death.

“We’ve been through a lot of hell, too,” she told Hoda Kotb when she called it quits TODAY in January. “We weren’t really good to each other at many times in our lives because we met so young and were very immature.”

Bertinelli continued: “But I am so happy that we were able to come to a beautiful place at the end of his life. I wish he was still there.

She also talked about the book she wrote earlier this year titled ‘Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today’. The celebrity chef revealed in the memoir that she and their son, Wolfgang, 31, were with Van Halen during his final moments.

In the book, she shared, “I love you, these are the last words Ed says to Wolfie and me and these are the last words we say to him before he stops breathing.”

She wrote that the former couple remained close after their divorce.

While appearing on TODAY in January, Bertinelli also opened up about her marriage to Vitale.

“I also want to be gentle and caring, and not just rip off a bandage,” she said at the time. “I like to pull it off gently. But I think there’s definitely power and peace in changing your narrative and changing how you can view your life. I know it’s for me. When I changed the way I looked at my life and stopped fighting most of the time, there’s power and peace in that.


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