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Valerie Bertinelli explains how her weight protects her in the midst of ‘heartbreak’

Valerie Bertinelli is opening up about her struggles with her body image.

During an appearance Thursday on TODAY With Hoda & Jenna, Bertinelli, 62, admitted she hasn’t managed her weight since she finished writing her book, “Enough is Enough: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today,” which was published in January. . .

“I look at myself on the monitor and I try not to judge myself too harshly right now because I know I’m still holding on to this weight because it’s protecting me right now,” she told Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on the show. “Because I’m going through a lot of challenges. A lot of heartbreak. A lot of crazy things are going on in my life right now.”

Valerie Bertinelli gets emotional as she opens up about her body image struggles on TODAY With Hoda & Jenna.
Valerie Bertinelli gets emotional as she opens up about her body image struggles on TODAY With Hoda & Jenna.Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Bertinelli noted that it will be easier for her to lose weight once she is “healthier internally and emotionally.”

Although she said she has been treating her body better by drinking less alcohol and eating less sugar and more vegetables, she says her body still looks the same because it “needs protection” from her emotional distress.

Bertinelli said that everything changed for her once her father died in 2016.

“It has been snowball after snowball. More things happen to me, but I’m not the only one,” she said.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Bertinelli separated from her husband, Tom Vitale, before filing for divorce from Vitale in May.

He said those struggles have taught him that he is “emotionally stronger” than he thinks he is and that he deserves better.

One thing she has noticed is that she is a hard worker. However, she “rarely” praises herself because she sometimes considers herself lazy.

“I’ve been told so many times how lazy I am,” she said. “…But all it was was just the voice inside my head that already told me that. It was just like, ‘Oh, see, it’s true. You’re lazy.’ I’ve done, I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s why I’m tired.’ Because I work hard and I love my job. I love it. I know I’m not lazy. I just like to rest a lot when I rest.”

Valerie Bertinelli reveals how she deals with her struggles on TODAY With Hoda & Jenna.
Valerie Bertinelli reveals how she deals with her struggles on TODAY With Hoda & Jenna.Nathan Congleton / TODAY

To focus on her blessings, Bertinelli said she makes a list of things she’s grateful for as soon as she wakes up in the morning.

“Yes, it’s hard right now, but when it’s darkest is when you can start to see the light around you,” he said. “And that’s when you can see that there is something good in everyone’s life. And that there is gratitude and gratitude is that ladder that we have to climb to reach joy, no matter how difficult, how challenging, how desperate we are. you can feel that sometimes, there’s always something to be thankful for.”

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