Valerie Bertinelli is one “happily divorced” woman.
The actress and Food Network star shared a video on Twitter Tuesday announcing that her divorce from financial planner Tom Vitale was finalized.
“I’m at the airport, I’m about to go see Wolfie,” Bertinelli, 62, said, referring to her son Wolfgang Van Halen. “My lawyer just called. The papers were all signed. They are about to be filed.”
She cheerfully added: “On 11/22/22, I am officially (expletive) divorced! Happily divorced. God, finally! It’s finally over.”
“11.22.22 second best day of my life,” Bertinelli captioned the video.
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Bertinelli married Vitale, 59, in January 2011. Nearly nine years after their nuptials, they separated in December 2019 and filed for legal separation in November 2021.
The actress and Food Network star cited “irreconcilable differences” as the cause for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court of California documents obtained by .
Court documents stated the couple had a prenuptial agreement in December 2010 that is “in full force and effect and fully binding on the parties.”
Vitale and Bertinelli do not have any children together. Bertinelli was previously married to the late rocker Eddie Van Halen, with whom she shares Wolfgang.
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The “Valerie’s Home Cooking” star spoke to in January and got candid about her relationship with Van Halen and the troubles plaguing her second marriage. with Vitale, which are documented in her memoir “Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today.”
Bertinelli began writing the book just weeks after Van Halen died Oct. 6, 2020, after a long battle with cancer.
While the actress wrote at length of her first marriage, stories involving her second husband, Vitale, are scarce.
“I tried to be really sensitive to Tom and (Van Halen’s wife until his death, Janie Liszewski) because they’re private people, and I don’t want to tell their story,” Bertinelli said. “I was just trying to tell the story between me and Ed without being hurtful.”
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She described the decision to split with Vitale in “Enough Already” as “a slow, painful one. But we have drifted from the interests that made us a couple and found that those differences can’t be fixed. He is a good man who is going through many of the same issues that I have faced: What can he do to add meaning and purpose to his life? Where can he find joy? What is he passionate about? What has he learned? And what does he do differently going forward? The paths we thought we were on changed.”
Bertinelli added that the separation “has nothing to do with Ed” and that her marriage troubles began five years ago.
“I only want the best for him, but I think I need to be alone,” she told. “I don’t know what will happen, but right now I just need to be alone.”
Contributing: Erin Jensen
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