Valerie Bertinelli posted a heartbreaking video in response to trolls criticizing her weight.
The Food Network host, 61, opened up Thursday night about her “mistake” by reading the comments to some of her recipes online, where she saw people pointing out that she “needed to lose weight.”
“For see, I do not have a scale, or I do not have clothes that I try to put on every day, and I do not have mirrors, so I can not see what has become of me,” she said sarcastically, holding tears left. “So I needed that help to tell myself I needed to lose weight.
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Bertinelli has had a tough year in the midst of the pandemic. Actress ex-husband Eddie Van Halen died of throat cancer at the age of 65 in October 2020. She and the rocker were married from 1981 to 2007 and share a 30-year-old son, Wolfgang.
She ended her heartbreaking video on Thursday by saying that if she could “lose weight and keep it away,” she would.
“But since I have not been successful with it all my life – 61 years, I still have to deal with [it]. Do you think I’m not tired of it, lady? “She asked.” Not helpful. “
In the post’s caption, she asked, “Are we not tired of fighting women yet ?!”
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Bertinelli admitted that she was thinking of deleting the video, which first appeared on her Instagram story, but decided to keep it after people came forward and praised her honesty.
“But then I realized it was a ‘good’ nerve with so many of you who were so sweet to dm and share your same vulnerability and struggles,” she wrote. “We could all use a little more kindness and patience and grace because we just never know what someone else is going through. So here it is. Not deletion. To own it.”
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The former “One Day at a Time” star has always been honest about her weight struggle and wrote an op-ed to “Today” last year about how she “used food to avoid sadness.”
“With the loss of my parents and the handling of other trials throwing life our way, I have used food as a way not to feel sadness or stress,” she explained. “But eating something away is all it takes to make me feel worse about myself. One of my personal mottos is ‘choose happy’. But sometimes this choice is really challenging.”
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