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Valerie Bertinelli shares tearful response to online critic: 'Aren't we tired of body shaming women yet?!'
10 July, 2021 - 07:16pm
The television chef and former Jenny Craig spokeswoman took to her social media to share that she had been combing through recipes in preparation for a new cooking video when she made the mistake of reading the comments. She quickly came across one that critiqued her physical appearance and recorded a video of her response.
The Losing It author went on to note her lifelong struggle with weight saying "since I haven't been successful with that my whole entire life, at 61 I’m still dealing with it…you think I'm not tired of it, lady?"
Bertinelli's impassioned video ended with her asking, "Where's the compassion?" She also added a long caption explaining her emotional reaction to the comment.
"Aren’t we tired of body shaming women yet?!" she wrote. "I was going to delete my stories because it’s a little embarrassing and scary to be so vulnerable. But then I realized it was hitting it a ‘good’ nerve with so many of you who were so sweet to dm and share your same vulnerability and struggles. 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."
And in response to her authenticity, Bertinelli received an outpour of love and support in her comments.
"I love you," wrote Demi Lovato. "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."
"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," Ree Drummond added.
Michelle Branch also shared her own experience with similar criticism. "You're so beautiful and such an inspiration. I've been on the receiving end of comments like these so many times. Hell, half my life!" the singer wrote. "It f***ing hurts. Thank you for being vulnerable and authentic and always leading with such heart."
While Bertinelli has used her platform for conversations and motivation surrounding weight loss, the childhood actor opened up in an interview with People back in March 2020 about her lifelong struggle with body image that resulted from hurtful comments she was exposed to as a young teen in the spotlight. She's since announced an upcoming book titled Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today inspired by her recent journey of self-love and acceptance.
She calls her new memoir “the most personal, intimate writing I’ve done.”
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10 July, 2021 - 07:16pm
"There's so much kindness out there," she said in a video shared to her Instagram on Friday night. "I certainly do not feel so alone anymore."
Thursday evening, the celebrity chef had shared an emotional video about a troll's comments that had gotten under her skin.
“Someone … decided to point out that I needed to lose weight,” she said, adding sarcastically that she doesn't have "a scale or ... clothes that I'm trying to put on every day," to serve as a regular reminder.
“You're not being helpful,” she continued. “Because when you see somebody who has put some weight on, my first thought is, ‘That person is obviously going through some things.’”
Bertinelli has been open about her grief following the death of the father of her son and ex-husband, rocker Eddie Van Halen in October 2020 at the age of 65. The two were married for more than 25 years and share a 30-year-old son, Wolfgang.
She concluded her Thursday night video that if she could “lose the weight and keep it off, I would.”
"You think I'm not tired of it, lady?” she asked. “Not f---ing helpful.”
Her original post was flooded with the support of her fans, including her son.
"You’re perfect the way you are, Ma. I love you ❤️ (also for no particular reason, what was that f---er’s @ so I can harass them with memes?)" he wrote.
Fellow Food Network star Sunny Anderson also responded.
"I feel like cursing, but I won't...publicly," she said. "Just know your insides count, everyone... your INSIDES."
Musician Michelle Branch wrote she empathized with Bertinelli's situation.
"I’ve been on the receiving end of comments like these so many times. Hell, half my life! It f---ing hurts," she wrote. "Thank you for being vulnerable and authentic and always leading with such heart."
Actor Melissa Peterman added that she thinks Bertinelli is "beautiful."
"And I have come to the conclusion that people who make these kind of mean comments that lack compassion are the ones that probably need compassion the most because they are broken and unhappy. And that is a horrible way to exist," Peterman said. "I love you."
For years, Bertinelli has been open about her struggle with body image and her weight.
In January 2020, she wrote that she “used food to avoid sadness."
"...Eating something away, all it does is make me feel worse about myself. One of my personal mottos is ‘choose happy.’ But sometimes that choice is really challenging," she said at the time, writing that she planned to change.
"I don’t want to get through the hard times by eating it away anymore. I want to get through the hard times by leaning on people," she said.
In her post on Friday, she echoed those sentiments as she thanked her fans and supporters before signing off on the whole ordeal.
"But seriously ... let's get back to me posting some delicious recipes," she laughed. "Let's have a really f---ing great day today, you guys."
Samantha Kubota is a digital journalist and editor for TODAY Digital based in Los Angeles.
10 July, 2021 - 07:16pm
In an emotional video on Thursday, the Food Network star — who has been open about her complicated relationship with food and self-image — 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."
Alongside the video 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 added, explaining that she changed her mind after she received "so many" messages from fans, who shared the "same vulnerability and struggles."
"We all could use a little more kindness and patience and grace, because we just never know what someone else is going through," she added. "So here it is. Not deleting. Owning it."
Bertinelli — whose upcoming memoir Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today — follows her self-love journey, received a number of supportive comments from her family and friends.
"This video is everything," added fellow Food Network star Ree Drummond. "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."
Demi Lovato, who has spoken extensively about their own struggles with body image, also left a heartfelt comment, 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."
Addressing her fans on Friday morning, Bertinelli thanked everyone who had reached out to her.
"There's so much kindness out there. I certainly do not feel so alone anymore," she said in a new video. "It's the shame part that's really hard to get rid of, that stupid emotion that is absolutely useless. But I just wanted to say thank you."
"I was gonna say, and now for some food content, but seriously, let's get back to me posting some delicious recipes and all my kitties," she added with a laugh. "Let's have a really f----- great day, you guys."
Opening up about her upcoming memoir, which comes out next January, Bertinelli recently told PEOPLE that the book "is about letting go of the mindset that made me feel broken and always trying to fix something about myself."
"I cover a lot, but ultimately it's about growing older, with the emphasis on growth, learning lessons and reminding myself — and hopefully those who read the book — that life is a gift and too short to waste."