Valerie Bertinelli Is 'So Proud' of Son Who Took Care of Dad before His Death & Now Follows in His Footsteps
Valerie Bertinelli has many reasons to be grateful, one of which is motherhood. The actress is a doting mom to one child, Wolfgang Van Halen, who brings her pride and joy. Sadly, her son is currently without a father, as the latter passed away, but he was able to take care of his dad in the last weeks before his death. Here are the details.
Valerie Bertinelli has established her career as an actress, author, and chef. She has had a thrilling time in show business, with many awards and accolades from years of hard work.
Throughout her time in Hollywood, the icon has been privileged to feature in a ton of productions like "One Day at a Time," "Hot In Cleveland," "Touched by an Angel," and many others.
Valerie Bertinelli attends the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Source: Getty Images
However, despite all her professional accomplishments, the entertainment icon still considers motherhood one of the most significant achievements.
At 62, Bertinelli is a doting mother to her only son, Wolfgang Van Halen, whom she shares with her late husband and American Musician, Eddie Van Halen.
Over the years, the actress has been vocal about her relationship with Wolfgang and how he makes her proud, especially through his musical career, and September 4, 2022, was one of those days.
Valerie Bertinelli and her son Wolfgang arrive at United Artists' "Saved" premiere at the National Theatre on May 13, 2004, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
Bertinelli praised her son after he performed Van Halen's "On Fire" and "Hot for Teacher'' during a concert tribute to the late Taylor Hawkins at London's Wembley Stadium. She responded on Twitter to a video of her son during the live performance with these words (via New York Post):
"WOLFIE KILLED IT! So proud of you, @WolfVanHalen 🤍."
Wolfgang Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli attend the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Source: Getty Images
Bertinelli had every cause to brag, seeing that the 31-year-old musician shared the stage with Dave Grohl, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, and Drummer Josh Freese, three amazing musicians.
There were also performances from other musicians, including Oliver Hawkins, who paid tribute to his dad by playing drums in "My Hero." Indeed, the event was a memorable one, not only for Oliver and Wolfgang but also for Bertinelli and the world.
Wolfgang Van Halen Took Care of His Father in the Last Weeks of Life
Eddie Van Halen passed away in October 2020 at 65 after a battle with cancer. It was a terrible moment for Wolfgang, who had previously revealed that his dad was his driving force.
Eddie Van Halen was seen in Los Angeles, California, on August 13, 2017. | Source: Getty Images
But while many lost loved ones without saying goodbye, the young musician was privileged to be by his dad's side during the latter's last weeks.
At the same time, Bertinelli was finding the fine line between staying out of her son's business and staying connected.
Eddie Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen at the Van Halen and David Lee Roth press conference announcing their North American tour at the Four Seasons Hotel on August 13, 2007, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
Wolfgang put his musical career aside to look after his ailing dad; months later, he would reveal that it was worth it. During a June 2021 interview, Eddie's son confessed (via Today):
"Not a single regret. That stuff can wait. I put everything on hold with my album to spend every waking second with my dad."
Eddie Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen perform during their "A Different Kind of Truth" tour at KFC YUM! Center on February 18, 2012, in Louisville, Kentucky. | Source: Getty Images
Wolfgang also explained that although it seemed like he was coping well, dealing with his dad's demise was tough. However, the singer mentioned that it had kept him going rather than weighing him down. In his words:
"What keeps me going is my dad because if I just gave up and stopped and crawled into a hole, which I feel like doing every day, I know he'd be pissed off at me."
So, Wolfgang continued to make music and record tracks at the studio where Eddie and his band, Van Halen, recorded some of their albums. On June 11, 2021, the young musician released his debut album with his solo project Mammoth WVH.
Eddie Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen at the Van Halen and David Lee Roth press conference announcing their North American Tour at the Four Seasons Hotel on August 13, 2007, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
One of the songs on the album titled "Distance" featured a lovely voicemail Eddie left for his son. A part of the lyrics also read, No matter what the distance is, I will be with you, which Wolfgang revealed was very meaningful to him.
Over a year after his debut album release, Wolfgang appears to be doing fine in all areas, including his personal life. The bassist's bond with his mother gets stronger by the day, and Bertinelli cannot keep calm about it.
Wolfgang Van Halen and Eddie Van Halen perform at Madison Square Garden on March 1, 2012, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
In 2020, the actress told Good Housekeeping that she and her son facetimed more than ever. However, even though Bertinelli loved being with her son, she realized she needed to give him some space as he got older.
According to the actress, she had learned how to call Wolfgang to say hi or hear his voice without digging deep into his personal life. At the same time, Bertinelli was finding the fine line between staying out of her son's business and staying connected. In her words:
"When he was just little, it was like; I would hate to put him down — my whole world was him. And I loved it that way. And that's the way it should have been. But now, he's got his own life. So I try to stay out."
Valerie Bertinelli and son Wolfgang Van Halen as Valerie Bertinelli is honored on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame held on August 22, 2012, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
Nevertheless, Bertinelli still struggles with the urge always to want to see her son, which is normal for many mothers.
Inside Wolfgang's Current Life — His Engagement
Although Wolfgang is mainly in the news due to his thriving career and relationship with his mother, the musician's love life has brought him some attention. Wolfgang is romantically involved with his longtime girlfriend and Software Engineer, Andraia Allsop.
The pair have been together for nearly seven years and might be walking down the aisle soon as they are engaged. Wolfgang announced the news of their engagement via an Instagram post on July 6, 2022.
Wolfgang Van Halen of Van Halen performs at their dress rehearsal for family and friends at the Forum on February 8, 2012, in Inglewood, California. | Source: Getty Images
He posted a picture of Allsop flaunting her gorgeous engagement ring while resting her hand on Wolfgang's smiling face. The musician also shared the good news with his Twitter followers, and shortly after, he received many congratulatory words, including from his mom.
Replying to her son's post, an excited Bertinelli could not hold back her tears, noting that she was extremely happy. For the actress, it meant the world to see her only child happy amid all the difficulties he had faced.
Wolfgang Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli at Valerie Bertinelli's Star Ceremony held On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on August 22, 2012, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
The public is looking forward to the big day, but in the meantime, fans remain optimistic that Allsop and Wolfgang's relationship will not end anytime soon.