Valerie Bertinelli shares a close bond with her son, Wolfgang “Wolf” Van Halen, and the “One Day at a Time” star never misses an opportunity to tell the world how proud she is of her offspring.
Wolf’s father is the late Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen, whose 26-year marriage to Bertinelli ended in 2007. While the couple went through many tough times during their relationship, they eventually became friends after their divorce. In her book, “It’s Enough: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today,” Bertinelli recalled a sweet family moment with her ex and her son a year before Eddie’s tragic death from lung cancer in 2020. Wolf, the Bertinelli Affectionately known as “Wolfie”, he is a talented musician himself and has worked hard on his debut album. She had his music blaring in the kitchen when Eddie came to visit. “[Eddie’s] Face turns into a big smile. “How about this kid?” he says to me as we hug,” Bertinelli wrote. “‘I know,’ I say. ‘My heart is melting.'”
In an interview with Today, Bertinelli revealed that she considers Wolf and Eddie to be her soul mates and said of her late ex, “I’m so lucky that we were able to come to a beautiful place at the end of his life. I wish he was still here.” Though he may be gone, Eddie was certainly not forgotten, and Bertinelli loved seeing her son pay tribute to him during a tearjerker at a music event.
Wolf Van Halen performed during the tribute to Taylor Hawkins
When a group of rockers took the stage during a tribute show for the late Foo Fighters member Taylor Hawkins, the drummer wasn’t the only musician whose memory was honored. Per People, Wolf Van Halen played his father’s guitar parts for performances of the Van Halen classics “Hot for Teacher” and “On Fire.” Wolf was joined by drummer John Freese, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and The Darkness singer Justin Hawkins.
Valerie Bertinelli tweeted a video of Wolf playing Eddie Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” guitar solo and wrote, “WOLFIE KILLED IT So proud of you @WolfVanHalen.”
Bertinelli has always been very supportive of Wolf’s decision to follow in his father’s footsteps. When his band Mammoth WVH performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2021, they let their Instagram followers know exactly when to catch him in action. She also couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to share an adorable baby photo of her beloved Wolfie. And when the Mammoth WVH song “Distance,” which is about Eddie, earned a 2022 Grammy nomination for Best Rock Song, Bertinelli broke down in tears as she walked the red carpet with her son. “The song that Wolfie wrote is just an absolutely stunning, beautiful song and it’s really nice that he was honored for that,” she told Entertainment Tonight, before joking, “Despite Ed and I, we got this.” . And I’m so proud of him.”