Valerie Bertenelli talks food addiction, real housewives and plastic surgery
After stepping out of the limelight for a few years, 80′s sweetheart Valerie Bertenelli packed on a few pounds. Thanks to a stint as a Jenny Craig Ambassador in 2009, Valerie shed the extra weight and surprised everyone by happily slipping into a 2-piece bikini for the first time in 30 years. Thanks to her successful weight loss, you couldn’t turn on the TV without seeing one of her commercials for Jenny Craig, just a few years ago. But, as time went on, and the Jenny Craig checks stopped coming in, Valerie slowly went back to her old ways and she blew up again. It’s not exactly surprising since Valerie once said that breaking her addiction to food was even harder than breaking her addiction to cocaine!
Since her long-winded Jenny Craig campaign, Valerie Bertenelli has lost weight, gained weight, and lost weight again. Back in March she gained attention for an obvious increase in her weight, which the star blames on breaking her foot. When the pounds started to pack on, she admits she panicked and even felt ashamed. Finally, she felt empowered after realizing she had to stop beating herself up, after all her foot was broken!
At a recent women’s conference on September 16th, a slimmer Valerie Bertenelli gave a speech that touched upon women empowerment, drugs, weight loss, The Real Housewives, and plastic surgery too.
After slimming down from 172-pounds to 125-pounds, 5-foot-4 Bertenelli was on top of the world, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t challenging for her to lose the weight. As a recovered drug addict, she admits it was harder to quit her addiction to food than it was to stop doing cocaine years ago.
Along with drugs and dieting, the 54-year old bashed the Real Housewives during her speech, saying, “I think more women need to be nice to each other. We have bad examples on television of the ‘Real Housewives’ of whatever town they’re in.” Bertenelli went on to explain how she doesn’t want friends that are like those women, she wants friends that love and support her.
Valerie Anne Bertinelli (born April 23, 1960) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Barbara Cooper Royer on the sitcom One Day at a Time (1975–84), Gloria on the drama series Touched by an Angel (2001–03) and Melanie Moretti on the sitcom Hot in Cleveland (2010–present).