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Valerie Bertinelli files for 'legal separation' from husband Tom Vitale after 10 years of marriage


Valerie Bertinelli has filed for ‘legal separation’ from her second husband Tom Vitale.

According to court docs obtained by TMZ, the 61-year-old actress made the filing on Wednesday asking the judge to pull the plug on her and Vitale’s 10 year marriage.

She cited ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the reason for the pair’s untimely split.

The court documents also reveal that the estranged pair ‘have a prenuptial agreement to handle the split of all assets’ and that Valerie is ‘asking the court for neither to get spousal support.’

Split: Valerie Bertinelli has filed for 'legal separation' from her second husband Tom Vitale; the pair pictured in 2011

Split: Valerie Bertinelli has filed for ‘legal separation’ from her second husband Tom Vitale; the pair pictured in 2011

Bertinelli and Vitale famously wed on New Year’s Day in 2011 less than a year after the financial planner asked her to marry him during a romantic trip to Florence, Italy.

They’d dated for six years. 

Speaking to AARP, Valerie said she was ‘shocked’ by Tom’s proposal despite them talking about ‘getting married’ in the past.

‘It was sweet when he asked me, because he was so scared. I was like, “Are you kidding me?”‘ she recalled.

She was introduced to Tom by her younger brother Patrick back in 2004, just three years after her separation from late ex husband Eddie Van Halen in 2001.

Valerie and Eddie had been married for 20 years and welcomed their son Wolfgang, now 30, in 1991. Their divorce was finalized in 2007.

Similarly to Valerie, Tom had recently become a single parent to his four children after splitting from his own spouse.

Filed: According to court docs obtained by TMZ , the 61-year-old actress made the filing on Wednesday asking the judge to pull the plug on her and Vitale's 10 year marriage; seen in 2014

Filed: According to court docs obtained by TMZ , the 61-year-old actress made the filing on Wednesday asking the judge to pull the plug on her and Vitale’s 10 year marriage; seen in 2014

Happier times: Bertinelli and Vitale famously wed on New Year's Day in 2011 less than a year after the financial planner asked her to marry him during a romantic trip to Florence, Italy; seen in 2012

Happier times: Bertinelli and Vitale famously wed on New Year’s Day in 2011 less than a year after the financial planner asked her to marry him during a romantic trip to Florence, Italy; seen in 2012

Tom told AARP that he and Valerie were both ‘coming from a tough time and wanting to move on but didn’t want to trust anyone.’

They’d go on to bond over their Italian heritage, with the e-commerce CEO gushing to the outlet that he and Valerie ‘just understood each other completely.’

He continued: ‘My family is her family. It wasn’t love at first sight; it was family at first sight.’ 

By 2005, Tom would move into Valerie’s Malibu home with his oldest son.

Fresh wound: She was introduced to Tom by her younger brother Patrick back in 2004, just three years after her separation from late ex husband Eddie Van Halen in 2001; Valerie and Eddi pictured in 1992

Fresh wound: She was introduced to Tom by her younger brother Patrick back in 2004, just three years after her separation from late ex husband Eddie Van Halen in 2001; Valerie and Eddi pictured in 1992

With Tom’s other three children and her own son frequenting the oceanfront property, Valerie joked that having a blended family is ‘not easy.’ She developed a close bond with each of Tom’s four kids.

Since tying the knot in 2011, Valerie had given glimpses into her marriage with Tom on Instagram, whether it be holiday photos or posed up snaps from weekend getaways.

Tom was last featured on the Food Network star’s business-oriented Instagram page in December 2019, just months before coronavirus lockdown.

On October 6 2020, Valerie’s ex husband Eddie Van Halen passed away at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer.

Co-parents: Valerie and Eddie had been married for 20 years and welcomed their son Wolfgang, now 30, in 1991. Their divorce was finalized in 2007; Eddie and Wolfgang pictured

Co-parents: Valerie and Eddie had been married for 20 years and welcomed their son Wolfgang, now 30, in 1991. Their divorce was finalized in 2007; Eddie and Wolfgang pictured

Same boat: Similarly to Valerie, Tom had recently become a single parent to his four children after splitting from his own spouse. Tom told AARP that he and Valerie were both 'coming from a tough time and wanting to move on but didn't want to trust anyone'; Tom and Valerie pictured in 2012

Same boat: Similarly to Valerie, Tom had recently become a single parent to his four children after splitting from his own spouse. Tom told AARP that he and Valerie were both ‘coming from a tough time and wanting to move on but didn’t want to trust anyone’; Tom and Valerie pictured in 2012

The sudden death of her former spouse took a toll on Valerie, who penned a heartfelt tribute to Eddie on social media in wake of his passing.

’40 years ago my life changed forever when I met you. You gave me the one true light in my life, our son, Wolfgang,’ wrote the actress. ‘Through all your challenging treatments for lung cancer, you kept your gorgeous spirit and that impish grin. I’m so grateful Wolfie and I were able to hold you in your last moments. I will see you in our next life my love.’

Earlier this year, Valerie revealed on the Today show that coping with the loss of Eddie has ‘been rough.’

‘It’s hard… I’ve gone to text [Eddie] a few dozen times. It’s like, “Oh, no, I can’t text him right now.”‘

Loss: On October 6 2020, Valerie's ex husband Eddie Van Halen passed away at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. The sudden death of her former spouse took a toll on Valerie, who penned a heartfelt tribute to Eddie on social media in wake of his passing; Valerie, Wolfgang, and Eddie pictured

Loss: On October 6 2020, Valerie’s ex husband Eddie Van Halen passed away at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. The sudden death of her former spouse took a toll on Valerie, who penned a heartfelt tribute to Eddie on social media in wake of his passing; Valerie, Wolfgang, and Eddie pictured



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