Valerie Bertinelli opened up about emotional abuse in her past relationships. The 62-year-old took to Instagram to repost a video of a woman sharing reasons why men and women leave relationships. She went on to give her own personal thoughts about the situation.
“When it comes to emotional abuse and mental abuse, it’s not talked about, because you just think, ‘I’m not being physically abused, so it’s not abuse,’” Bertinelli stated in the clip. The Food Network star went on to say that some women lose “ any kind of love or respect that they have for themselves,” due to them getting “ lost and trying to make their partner feel so loved and so respected.
She went on to say that someone may leave a relationship “to just find themselves again, to just love themselves again, because they don’t even know who they are.”
Valerie Bertinelli on Instagram
The post comes two months after her divorce was finalized from her ex-husband Tom Vitale. Prior to their marriage, she was married to the late musician Eddie Van Halen from 1981 to 2007. The post also follows another video that she shared earlier this month expressing what she’s looking forward to in the new year.
“This new year’s day is coming in so much happier than last year’s,” She captioned the video of herself while spitting around to a Taylor Swift song.
“From a young age, New Year’s Day has been one of my absolute favorite days, for the last 5-6 years it’s been one of the saddest. No more,” the actress wrote. “There is so much to look forward to now, when before it just looked endlessly sad, scary, lonely and stressful. I have no idea what’s ahead for me and I’m not worried. I’m free. This new year’s day, 2023, is the first day of the rest of my life!”