Edward Van Halen & Valerie Bertinelli

Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen

Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen  

Edward Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli were married for 26 years. They dated for 11 months after getting together in 1980. After a 3 months engagement they married on 11th Apr 1981. 26 years later they separated in Oct 2001 and divorced on 22nd Dec 2007.

They had a son named Wolfgang William age 25.


Edward Van Halen is a 61 year old American Guitarist. Born Edward Lodewijk Van Halen on 26th January, 1955 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, he is famous for Guitarist & Founder Of Van Halen in a career that spans 1971–present and 1964–present. His zodiac sign is Aquarius.

Valerie Bertinelli is a 56 year old American Actress. Born Valerie Anne Bertinelli on 23rd April, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA and educated at Granada Hills High School, Granada Hills, California, she is famous for One Day at a Time, Touched by an Angel in a career that spans 1974–present. Her zodiac sign is Taurus.


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Relationship Statistics

Dating1980 - 31st Dec 1980 1 year
Engaged31st Dec 1980 - 11th Apr 1981 3 months, 11 days
Married11th Apr 1981 - Dec 2007 27 years, 8 months
Total 1980 - Dec 2007 37 years, 10 months

She's the milk-fresh sweetheart of CBS' smash sitcom, One Day at a Time. He's the guitarist of a heavy-metal band whose lead singer carries Lloyd's of London insurance against paternity suits. So even Valerie Bertinelli, 21, admits that her marriage last April to Eddie Van Halen, 26, of the rock group that bears his surname, might conjure up images of Beauty beset by the Beast. Giggles Bertinelli, "Looks bad, doesn't it?"
But those are the only appearances that are deceiving. In truth, Bertinelli bears a disarming resemblance to her semi-hip but fundamentally wholesome One Day counterpart, Barbara Cooper. "Barbara is 80 or 90 percent Valerie," says Bertinelli, who herself had a 10:30 p.m. curfew until she was 16. And, like the virginal Cooper in a memorable One Day episode, Valerie felt out of sync with her sexually more adventurous high school classmates. "I went through the same peer pressure that Barbara went through, and I didn't do all the things other people were doing," she says. "When I look back on it, I was really boring." Hardly. Over the years Valerie has dated actor Dirk (Battlestar Galactica) Benedict and director Steven Spielberg.
Still, Bertinelli is proud of her principles—and that her winsome CBS movie this week, The Princess and the Cabbie, contains "not one dirty word, not one sex scene and just one kiss." So the question remains: What's a nice girl like that doing with a guy who plays guitar with his teeth? Simple, says Valerie: "He's not the typical rock star. It shocked me that he was so normal."
When she first saw Eddie's picture, in a finger-pointing pose on his 1980 LP Women and Children First, she thought, "What a cutie!" — and forgot about him. Then, during last year's actors' strike, Valerie visited her parents in Shreveport, La. and joined her brother Patrick, 17, who had passes to a local Van Halen concert. On meeting Eddie backstage, she says, "He gave me exactly the same finger-pointing pose, said, 'You're Valerie Bertin...,' and I slid down the wall." Eddie remembers, "I'd seen her on the show and thought...hmm, I'd like to meet her. When she turned up I was amazed. I thought, 'There she is! I want it!' No, actually I was very nervous."
"After the concert," Valerie continues, "we sat and talked for hours and hours. We realized we had a lot in common. We talked about our parents, Holland [where he was born], how strict our upbringings had been, what it's like to be sensitive and scared of people. He has the same kind of scared feelings I have about the business." The capper came when she found that, despite three platinum LPs and three world tours, Van Halen still lived at home in Pasadena with his Indonesian mother and his father, a professional musician. The family emigrated to the U.S. when Edward was 9. "As soon as I met them I could see why he was so normal," says Valerie. "I mean, does Mick Jagger live with his mother?"

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Relationship Timeline

22nd December, 2007 - Divorce

October, 2001 - Breakup

16th March, 1991 - Child

11th April, 1981 - Marriage

31st December, 1980 - Engagement

1980 - Hookup

Couple Comparison

Edward Van Halen
Valerie Bertinelli
Edward Van Halen
Valerie Bertinelli
Age (at start of relationship)
5' 8" (173 cm)
5' 4½" (164 cm)
Hair Color
Brown - Dark
Brown - Light
Eye Color
Brown - Dark
Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic


Wolfgang WilliamMale16th March, 199125 years old


Posted commentsView all comments (7)

wolfJul 23, 2010

they look cool. more pictures.

tammyJun 17, 2010

how about some new pictures of this fantastic couple!? thanks.

gabyFeb 7, 2010

Thanks so much Feelgood for all the pictures of Valerie and Eddie. You`re the only editor who work on this site! If you got some more, I would love to see them.

carenJan 9, 2010

any more pictures of them together. they were a cool couple.

jessicaDec 6, 2009

thanks so much for the pictures of eddie and valerie. if you got some more, i would love to see them.

jsabelleOct 12, 2009

after almost 20 years of marriage, they should be more pics of them added to their gallery.

hihglandermaApr 11, 2008

It was sad to see this marriage come to an end 26 years is a lifetime in Hollywood

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