With a little help from Taylor Swift, Valerie Bertinelli is cringing at a recollection from her youth.
The 62-year-old Golden Globe winner appeared to react to a little humiliating incident from Matthew Perry's upcoming novel Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing in a TikTok video on Thursday.
"Anyone who misbehaved between the ages of 20 and 30? Do you feel Mortified?" It's me, hi / I'm the problem, it's me, she sang in the accompanying music video, which features her groaning, waving at the camera, and laughing into her palm as Taylor Swift's "Anti-Hero" plays.
Her tweet came after Perry, 53, claimed in a book extract that he and Bertinelli once had sex next to where her late husband, Eddie Van Halen, was dozing off.
Perry claimed that Bertinelli was "obviously in a problematic marriage" with Van Halen at the time that he "fell madly in love" with her when they portrayed siblings in the brief-lived 1990 CBS comedy Sydney. Before he ultimately made a move, he admitted that he had "elaborate dreams" about her leaving the rock star and the two of them moving away.
He wrote, "I was at Valerie and Eddie's house, just hanging out and staring at Valerie, trying to make her laugh. "You felt ten feet tall when you made her laugh."
"Eddie had clearly indulged in the fruits of the vine one more time too excessively as the night went on, and eventually he just dropped out not ten feet from us. Nevertheless, this was my moment! You would be mistaken, dear reader, if you believed I had no chance in hell because Valerie and I had a protracted, elaborate makeout session. It was happening; perhaps she experienced it similarly to me."
Perry said, "I told her I had been considering doing that for a while, and she had said it right back to me.
Van Halen and Bertinelli were married from 1981 to 2007, and their son Wolfgang Van Halen, 31, has continued his late father's career as a rock musician. After battling throat and pulmonary malignancies, Eddie passed away from a stroke in October 2020 at the age of 65.
On the occasion of Eddie's passing two years ago, the Hot in Cleveland alum and her son paid tribute to him. Two years have passed, and not a single day has passed that I haven't thought of you. "Even though I'm making an effort to maintain my composure, Pop, it just isn't the same without you here. More than you can fathom, I adore and miss you."
Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing, Perry's memoir, will be published on November 1.