Valerie Bertinelli says she has stopped looking for love ever again after filing for divorce from her second husband.
The Food Network star and actress was candid about her future in an emotional interview with Hoda Kotb on Thursday TODAY. Bertinelli, 62, filed for divorce from her husband Tom Vitale last month after 11 years of marriage.
“I’m going to be more than happy to be happily divorced and spend the rest of my life alone,” she said. “I’ll be happy that way. Well, with my six cats and my dog and my son, and hopefully one day my grandchildren.”
Hoda asked Bertinelli if she sees herself looking for love again one day.
“Oh, God, no,” he said. “Because of the challenges I’m going through right now, because divorce sucks. I can’t imagine ever trusting someone again to let them into my life. So I have some trust issues that I’m sure I’ll get over.”
Last week, Vitale filed for spousal support in Los Angeles Superior Court. In the document, obtained by NBC News, Vitale also requested that Bertinelli be barred from seeking spousal support. The filing also includes a request from Vitale to determine the validity of a 2010 prenuptial agreement.
In addition to her separation from Vitale, Bertinelli has also suffered the loss of her first husband. Legendary rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen, whom she divorced in 2007, died of cancer at the age of 65 in 2020.
Bertinelli shared what he has learned about life while grieving the death of Van Halen.
“Love,” he said to Hoda. “If there is nothing else in this world, go back to that key point that you know you have inside you, that you know you feel for the people who are closest to you. That love. Love always wins no matter what, even when did they leave.
“There’s still that love there to be thankful for what you had.”
Bertinelli and Van Halen had tumultuous times during their marriage that she wrote about in her best-selling book, “Enough is Enough: Learning to Love as I Am Today,” earlier this year. However, she told TODAY in January that the two came to “a beautiful place together” at the end of her life.
“No matter what you go through, you can always find your way back to love and forgiveness,” Bertinelli said Thursday. “And we were able to do that, with gratitude. I wish he hadn’t died after that. It would have been nice to spend more time with him. But yeah, I was grateful we had that.”