Valerie Bertinelli posted a heartbreaking video responding to trolls who criticized her weight.
The Food Network host, 61, opened up Thursday night about her “mistake” of reading the comments on some of her recipes online, where she saw people pointed out that she “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 said sarcastically, holding back tears. “So I needed that help to let me know that I need to lose weight.
“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 had a tough year amid the pandemic. The actress’s ex-husband Eddie Van Halen died from throat cancer at age 65 in October 2020. She and the rocker were married from 1981 until 2007 and share a 30-year-old son, Wolfgang.
She concluded her heartbreaking video Thursday by saying that if she could “lose the weight and keep it off,” she would.
“But 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?” she asked. “Not f–king helpful.”
In the post’s caption, she asked, “Aren’t we tired of body shaming women yet?!”
Bertinelli admitted she thought about 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 hitting it a ‘good’ nerve with so many of you who were so sweet to dm and share your same vulnerability and struggles,” she wrote. “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.”
The former “One Day at a Time” star always has been candid about her weight struggles and wrote an op-ed for “Today” last year about how she “used food to avoid sadness.”
“With the loss of my parents and dealing with other trials life throws our way, I’ve used food as a way not to feel the sadness or the stress,” she explained. “But by 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.”