If you’ve known anything about the Golden Globe winner Valerie Bertinelli or her now estranged husband Tom Vitale in their lifetime, chances are you’ve heard a little bit about the ongoing separation that started last year and is coming to a height in recent weeks. Here’s everything you need to know with some updates to Valerie Bertinelli and Tom Vitale’s divorce.
In November, Valerie filed for legal separation in November which led to amending her filing to petition for divorce in May. Her reason cited was “irreconcilable differences”, after having been married to Vitale for over 10 years. Nobody truly knows what happened to cause the initial separation but the divorce was expected after that filing back in November.
Back in 2011 when the couple got married, Valerie described their relationship and marriage as being an extremely happy point of her life and that she wanted to share how much she loved Vitale with her friends and family via marriage. It seemed to be going very well for the couple.
There were still some unique and ongoing feelings appearing between Valerie and her previous partner Eddie Van Halen, with whom she shared a child and had separated from in 2007. After Van Halen passed from a stroke in 2020 Valerie shared some of her grief and connection with him even referring to Eddie as her soulmate.
She shared some very close moments with the star after his passing in her memoir, even going so far as to share Eddie’s last words which were “I love you” to Valerie and their son together Wolfie. She was very open and honest about her love and connection with this man.
Obviously, when Bertinelli filed for separation many questioned whether her grief or love for Van Halen had anything to do with the matter as any person might ask. But she continues to stand by stating that the couple have just grown apart as people and wish the best for each other in their lives.
But, recent court documents also reveal Vitale filing a motion to block Valerie from any spousal support requests and a challenge to the prenuptial agreement that was made between the two. What this means, and what it may lead to, isn’t fully clear to those watching this event yet.
It could mean a difference in the story behind divorce or how Vitale feels about their longstanding marriage coming to an end, or just be something to protect Tom’s finances and life moving forward from separation with Bertinelli. Only time and some insight from the individuals could tell us these answers.
Until finding answers from the individuals involved, which may never come depending on how they want to handle the press in this matter, we can’t say for certain why this power couple divorced and why Tom is specifically handling the spousal support side of things as well. You can learn more about the matter and come to your own conclusions and guesses if you wish!