‘Today’: Valerie Bertinelli Becomes Emotional During Her First Appearance After Eddie Van Halen’s Death, Admitting She’s ‘Gone to Text Him a Few Dozen Times’

Valerie Bertinelli, who regularly hosts culinary sections on NBC Today she became emotional and full of tears when she first appeared on the show following the death of her husband, Eddie Van Halen in October.

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Bertinelli appeared on display from her home to share one of her favorite healthy dishes. “Valerie, first of all, it’s so good to see you,” said Hoda Kotb. “You have been in our hearts, we have been thinking about you. We’ve been thinking about your son Wolfie. And we’re just wondering how you’re doing right now. ”

“It’s so good to see you guys too,” Bertinelli said, clearly holding back the tears. “I don’t know why I’m tearing myself up. You know when you hear voices and when you see people you feel connected to and then… your boys always make me cry. ”

Valerie Bertinelli admits she wants to text Eddie Van Halen

Bertinelli opened up about how she has dealt with the loss of Van Halen. “It’s been rough,” she admitted. “Very bitter. We’re doing fine. We spent the holidays together. I see [her son] later today. We’ve been spending a lot of time together. ”

“It’s a pity,” she continued. “I’ve been texting him a few dozen times and I’m like, ‘Oh I can’t text him right now. ‘”

She later flooded her Instagram story with family photos with the caption, “Forever Family. ”Bertinelli and Van Halen were married from 1981 to 2007. Van Halen was confirmed with tongue cancer in 2000 and later with neck cancer in 2014. Wolfgang Van Halen revealed that his father had stage 4 lung cancer in 2017 and brain cancer later in 2019.

Van Halen died on October 6 at the age of 65. “I can’t believe I have to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has fought his long and hard battle with cancer in the morning,” said Wolfgang Van Halen Instagram. “He was the best father I could ever ask for. Every minute I shared with him on and off the stage was a gift. My heart is broken and I don’t think I can get over this loss completely. I love you so much, Pop. ”

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