The 61-year-old responded to a comment she received from a viewer about her body.
Valerie Bertinelli is speaking out after receiving a particularly damaging comment from a viewer about her body. The Food Network host decided to address the matter head-on in an emotional Instagram post. The 61-year-old wrote that while she "was going through some recipes online" she "made the mistake of reading the comments. Someone...decided to point out that I need to lose weight," she wrote. "You're not being helpful. When you see somebody who has put some weight on, my first thought is that person is obviously going through some things, because if I could lose the weight and keep it off, I would," she said. "But since I haven't been successful with that my whole entire life, at 61 I'm still dealing with [it]." Continuing, she added, "You think I'm not tired of it, lady? Where's the compassion. You think a stupid little comment like 'you need to lose weight,' not f------ helpful."
In the emotional video, Bertinelli teared up as she said, "Someone… decided to point out that I needed to lose weight. Because see, I don't have a scale or I don't have clothes that I'm trying to put on every day, and I don't have mirrors, so I don't see what's become of me," she added, addressing the camera directly. "So I needed that help to let me know that I need to lose weight." In the video's caption she wrote, "aren't we tired of body shaming women yet?! Smh." "I was going to delete my stories because it's a little embarrassing and scary to be so vulnerable," she said, but she decided to go ahead because she received "so many" messages from fans, who shared the "same vulnerability and struggles." She added, "We all could 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 deleting. Owning it."
This isn't the first time the star has opened up about issues regarding her body image. The former Hot in Cleveland and One Day at a Time actress has often responded directly on Twitter to body-shaming comments. "Thank you for reminding me I'm so much more than my body," she responded in early 2020 to a comment that called her "chubby," according to Good House Keeping. Bertinelli has told the outlet that she is done feeling "ashamed" about her image. "I don't want to feel shame all the time for having extra weight on my body — and I don't think I should be made to feel shameful. Because I am still a lovable, kind person, no matter what I weigh," she said.
As for her recent, candid Instagram post, Bertinelli received tons of support from friends, family, and other celebrities. Singer Demi Lovato, who has often struggled with their own body image issues, left a sweet message for Bertinelli, writing, "I love you. You said it yourself, you're already enough AND whoever said that is hurting.. or not being shown enough compassion in their lives.. I'm sorry you had to deal w this. Here for you always." Fellow Food Network star Ree Drummond added, "This video is everything. Beautiful Valerie, you inspire, you encourage, and you make people feel like everything is good and right. You have done this your whole life. You win." Her family also responded with support. "You're perfect the way you are, Ma," wrote her son Wolfgang Van Halen, whom she shares with late ex-husband Eddie Van Halen. "I love you ❤️." Bertinelli's upcoming memoir Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today touches upon her self-love journey and will be out in January 2022.