Meet Valerie Bertinelli's Grown Up Son

It might seem like Valerie Bertinelli has a perfect life. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. Her personal life has had many tumultuous moments.

From her struggle with drug addiction to cheating on her then-husband, rock star, Eddie Van Halen, and even a long struggle with body image issues. Here is a glimpse into this woman's troubled past.

Bertinelli is an American actress and author who has won two Golden Globe Awards. She has become a household name due to her roles on "Hot in Cleveland" and on "One Day at a Time." 

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A child star

The award-winning star began her acting career when she was just a young teenager at the age of 15 when she formed a friendship with a TV producer's daughter.

Since then, Valerie’s love for show business has continued to grow. The celebrity studied at the Tami Lynn School of Artists and started her career as an actress soon after.

Valerie's first experience as an actress took place in 1974, on an episode of the TV series "Apple’s Way." Her big break finally came in 1975, after appearing on CBS’s hit show "One Day at a Time."

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By 1981, Bertinelli was successful enough to form her own film company and produced "Shattered Vows" in 1984 and "Silent Witness" in 1985.

Over time, Valerie gained a significant amount of weight and was being publicly slammed for it. By March 2009, she managed to lose 50 lbs after joining Jenny Craig’s weight loss program. 

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She went on to become a spokesperson for the program and was featured in several advertisements. In 2010, the star was invited to co-host "The View" and starred in the hit TV series "Hot In Cleveland." 

When the show ended in 2015, Bertinelli began hosting a food show called "Kids Baking Championship," which airs on Food Network.

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HER MARRIAGE TO EDDIE VAN HALEN

Eight months after Eddie Van Halen and Bertinelli started dating, they tied the knot. She was only twenty years old at the time, and their wedding day was a tragic disaster

Van Halen got so drunk that a crying Bertinelli eventually got him on his feet and down the aisle, but that set the trend for the rest of their marriage.

Infidelity occurred on both sides, and in addition to Van Halen's substance abuse, it made for an unfavorable outcome.

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THEIR SPLIT

The pair eventually split up, and their divorce was finalized in 2007. The former couple shares a 16-year-old son, Wolfgang.

"I got tired of, once again, hiding and thinking this is not the life I want for myself, for Wolfie, especially, and I don't want to keep treating Ed so badly," explained Valerie.

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Wolfgang, as he is popularly referred to, is a fantastic bassist and musician. He started his career at a young age. Born on March 16, 1991, and was named after the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Although Wolfgang was drawn to music, he once mentioned that he never knew that his father was a famous musician. He only found out when he got old enough to buy music.

Van Halen toured from 2007 to 2008, and Wolfgang joined, after which he went back to school when Wolfgang finished school in 2010 and became a full-time bassist for Van Halen. 

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Wolfgang's career

When Wolfgang began his musical career, he learned how to play the drum set. Sometimes, he would watch his father rehearsing songs and meet his uncle, Alex, for more drum lessons.

Most of his drum-set skills were self-taught. His interest in music grew with time, and he learned to play the guitar, bass, and keyboard.

Over the years, Wolfgang released amazing tracks while still working as a bassist for Van Halen. Wolfgang's musical career has been nothing short of thriving over the years, building a solid fan-base throughout this time.

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Things we didn't know about Valerie

There are secrets about Valerie Bertinelli that we've all missed. Unlike her marriage, Valerie's parents have been enjoying marital bliss for 59 years.

She would love more than anything to live in Italy. Every Sunday, she has to drink coffee and do a crossword puzzle.

Her time on a cooking show has influenced her of late, saying that she would like to go to culinary school. Her favorite choice of drinks is champagne, zinfandel, or a dirty martini.

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She needlepoints and even made a Christmas stocking for her son, Wolfie, that took her eight months to make when he was just 5.

We've heard of golf carts being driven around studios in Hollywood, but Valerie takes it further by driving a street-legal golf cart to work every day.

Valerie has expressed that if she could make every single thing one color, it'd be yellow. She's also got a 'w' tattooed on her left ankle in honor of her son, Wolfgang.

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