This is her first birthday as a single woman since her divorce from ex-husband Tom Vitale was finalized in November.
Valerie Bertinelli is "over the moon grateful" to be turning 63 years old! The Food Network star spent her special day in one of her "favorite places on earth, Amsterdam," she wrote in an Instagram post. "I have survived the hardest six years of my life and now I'm in Amsterdam (one of my favorite places on earth with sweet special memories)," she captioned a clip where she excitedly spun around her rolling suitcase as Connor Price's Grateful played. This is her first birthday as a single woman since her divorce from ex-husband Tom Vitale was finalized in November.
According to PEOPLE, Bertinelli was married to the late Eddie Van Halen, who was born in Amsterdam, from 1981 to 2007. She married Tom Vitale on New Year's Day in 2011 and they were together for 10 years. On May 12 last year, Bertinelli formally announced her and Tom's separation stating "irreconcilable differences" as the cause. In a video that she posted on Twitter in November, she said, "My lawyer just called. The papers are all signed. They're about to be filed." She added, "On 11/22/22, I am officially f****** divorced. Happily divorced. Finally. It's finally over."
11.22.22 second best day of my life pic.twitter.com/Il73nVoP9A— valerie bertinelli (@Wolfiesmom) November 23, 2022
Ever since then, Bertinelli has been candidly speaking about the hardships that she faced after splitting from her ex-husband. Once she even said in an Instagram video, how "some women get so lost in trying to make their partner feel so loved, so respected that they've lost any kind of love or respect that they have for themselves.”
"When it comes to emotional abuse and mental abuse, it's not talked about, because you just think, 'I'm not being physically abused, so it's not abuse,'" Bertinelli said in an Instagram post in January. She added that with the help of "journaling, therapy, and especially humor," she is healing.
According to PEOPLE, she said that she used to feel not so "worthy" in the past. "I have been screamed at so many times and told how fat and lazy I am," Bertinelli said. "I realize…that was someone just projecting on me whatever they needed to project on me, but my part in all of it was believing it, and I don't believe it anymore. But it still doesn't stop the feelings from coming up and the hurt," she added.
"So that's what we're doing today. We're feeling the feelings and letting them go. Giving them a voice," she continued before concluding by saying that "my core is happiness and joy, and it gets covered with the stupid things people say to me that I started to believe."
Bertinelli is also saying goodbye to her cooking show after 14 years of a successful run. Valerie, took to Instagram on April 8 to announce that the 14th season of Valerie's Home Cooking will be the last.
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