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Valerie Bertinelli talks about divorce from rocker Eddie Van Halen

Valerie Bertinelli talks about divorce from rocker Eddie Van Halen

Actress Valerie Bertinelli says despite her reputation as the girl next door, her marriage to guitarist Eddie Van Halen was damaged by infidelity and drug use.
"I wasn't an angel, either. I cheated, too," Bertinelli, 47, said during an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" broadcast Monday. "He claims to this day that I cheated first, but I don't know. I don't know about the timing."
Bertinelli, who starred in the long-running sitcom "One Day at a Time," married Van Halen in 1981 when she was 20 years old. She said she was "destroying my body," trying to keep up with a rock star lifestyle on the weekends and weeks off from taping her TV show.
"It got to a point where whenever I heard the birds chirp, I'd be like, 'Oh, God, no.' It took me years after stopping the cocaine before I was able to enjoy a sunrise and enjoy the sound of birds," she said.
The couple separated in 2001. Their divorce became final in December. They have a son, Wolfgang, who is now 16 and touring as bassist with the band Van Halen.
The actress said she has struggled with body-image issues since she was a child, but especially turned to food for comfort as her marriage dissolved.
She has a new book, "Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time."
Eddie Van Halen's publicist said the musician had no comment on Bertinelli's book or interviews to promote it.
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