Can Valerie Bertinelli be even more dismayed?
The award-winning star appeared to react to Matthew Perry’s statements that they made out in the 1990s. Meanwhile, Bertinelli’s then-husband, the late Eddie Van Halen, passed out just a few feet away.
Bertinelli posted a video with background music to Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero” on TikTok. A song from the pop star’s latest album, Midnights, with the lyrics, “It’s me, hi. I’m the problem; it’s me.”
“Anyone misbehave in their 20s and early 30s?” Bertinelli captioned the video. “Are you mortified?”
In his next memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, Perry revealed that he hid an unrequited fondness for Bertinelli when the two starred in Sydney, a short-lived 1990s sitcom.
It chronicled Bertinelli’s journey as a single woman trying to capitalize as a private detective in Los Angeles. Perry played Bertinelli’s younger brother a few years before his breakthrough role in Friends.
“I fell madly in love with Valerie Bertinelli, who was clearly in a troubled marriage,” Perry said.
“My crush was crushing. Not only was she out of my league, but she was also married to one of the most famous rock stars on the planet, Eddie Van Halen.”
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Crush and Crushed
Additionally, Perry wrote that his feelings for Bertinelli were so intense that he imagined the actress breaking up with Van Halen for him.
While he was at Bertinelli and Van Halen’s house one night, Perry stated that he jumped at the opportunity with his co-actor.
“As the night progressed, it was clear that Eddie had enjoyed the fruits of the vine a little too hard, one more time. And eventually, he just passed out, not ten feet away from us, but still,” he said.
“This was my chance! If you think I didn’t actually have a chance in hell, you’d be wrong, dear reader. Valerie and I had a long, elaborate makeout session.”
After what happened, Bertinelli “made no mention” of what had been and acted “like this was just a normal day,” Perry said.
“I quickly got the hint and also played the role I was supposed to, but inside I was devastated.”
He underwent nights of crying as a consequence. He only felt relieved when the show was eventually called off, “and didn’t have to see Valerie anymore,” Perry recalled.
Bertinelli and Van Halen tied the knot in 1981 and ultimately divorced in 2007. The rock musician faced his demise in 2020 from cancer. He was 65. The couple had a son together, musician Wolfgang Van Halen, now 31.
The actress is widely known for her performance in television acting and presenting. She has bagged several trophies. It includes two Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and multiple nominations for a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Furthermore, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Notably, Bertinelli first came to stardom as a child actress playing Barbara Cooper Royer on One Day at a Time (1975-1984). She snagged two Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film for the role.
As an adult star, she gained traction in the drama series Touched by an Angel (2001-2003).
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