Eddie Van Halen’s ex-wife, Valerie Bertinelli, is currently promoting her new book, “Enough Already: Learning To Love The Way I Am Today”, and spoke to The Washington Post Live in a new interview about her relationship with the late guitarist before his death.
“He was angry at me for a few years when I first left — he was very angry at me,” she said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “I think a lot of people saw that on [VAN HALEN’s] 2004 tour.
“I don’t know how else to say it except I felt like the love we had for each other was deeper than just marital love or sexual love,” she continued. “I loved him deeply through my soul, and I felt that same thing from him.
“It seemed like he spent that whole last year really wanting to connect, and I didn’t realize it at the time that this might have been our last year together. So I write a lot in the book about regretting not going over there more. ‘Cause the last couple of years of his life, he was alone in that house. And I wish I’d gone over more. Every time he had texted me, I wish that I had just dropped everything and gone over.
“The reason I write that in the book is for anybody else that may hear it, and if you’re having doubts, if you’re feeling like, ‘Ooh, maybe I shouldn’t overstep my bounds,’ ‘They just texted me. Maybe I shouldn’t go over,’ do it,” Valerie added. “You’re never gonna regret having told somebody that you love them. There are gonna be regrets about if you didn’t.
“I must say by the end of his life, we were able to say that to each other. I mean, we always said it to each other, but there was something deeper to it before he passed.”
Bertinelli and Eddie split in 2002 after 21 years of marriage and officially divorced in 2007. Eddie then went on to marry Janie Liszewski in 2009, while Valerie also remarried, getting hitched with Tom Vitale in 2011.