Valerie Bertinelli and Mike Goodnough’s Relationship Timeline

Valerie Bertinelli and Mike Goodnough s Relationship Timeline
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Following her divorce from Tom Vitale, Valerie Bertinelli found love again with writer Mike Goodnough.

The One Day at a Time actress, who shares son Wolfgang with her late ex-husband, Eddie Van Halen, revealed in March 2024 that she was dating someone “very special” for the first time after her split from Vitale in November 2021.

“It’s unlike any relationship that I’ve ever experienced with a man,” she shared in an interview with USA Today. “I don’t want to say too much, but I feel incredibly blessed and lucky to have met him, because I wasn’t expecting it!”

Two months after keeping her mystery man under wraps, Goodnough confirmed through his Substack that he is dating Bertinelli — and that they are very much in love.

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“I am Valerie Bertinelli’s boyfriend … and that may well be among the most surreal sentences I’ve ever pecked out,” Goodnough wrote on his Hoarse Whisperings Substack in April 2024. “But it’s true … and nothing about our actual relationship seems surreal. It just seems … good … lucky … a gift.”

Keep scrolling for more details on Bertinelli and Goodnough’s romance:

March 2024

On March 14, Bertinelli shared that she had started dating someone “very special” and that she didn’t expect to find love again after splitting from Vitale after 11 years.

Valerie Bertinelli and Mike Goodnough s Relationship Timeline
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“I was going to die with my six cats and my dog and be incredibly happy doing it,” she said in an interview with USA Today at the time. “So this came out of left field, and I’m grateful it did. This would not have happened three years ago, four years ago, last year – it wouldn’t have. And I feel incredibly lucky to have met him and made a connection with him.”

April 2024

Less than a month after Bertinelli revealed she had a new man in her life, she gushed over how she had fallen in love with him after meeting him online.

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“I’m in love,” she told People in an interview on April 1. “It’s a seesaw of emotions because I was adamant I was never falling in love again.”

Bertinelli explained that she had become friendly with Goodnough years prior after meeting via Instagram.

“It was strictly platonic but there was something about him that I connected with that felt familiar,” she told the outlet, adding that things didn’t turn romantic until they began speaking on the phone earlier this year. “It’s crazy the comfort level. It feels incredibly right. I found joy first, and then a man entered my life.”

A couple weeks later, on April 15, Bertinelli went into more detail on her romance.

“He’s amazing. He would like to think he’s complicated and brooding, but he’s thoughtful and kind and ridiculously talented,” she gushed on The Drew Barrymore Show. “He’s an amazing writer. He’s gorgeous, like, so hot. He does it for me.”

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Bertinelli went on to share that she met him in New York a month ago.

“I’m just gone,” she joked on the show.

April 2024

On April 17, Goodnough finally confirmed that he was Bertinelli’s mystery man via his Hoarse Whisperings Substack.

Valerie Bertinelli and Mike Goodnough s Relationship Timeline
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“Life is crazy, kids. It just is. It’ll rain hell fire down on you for years and bring you to your knees … and then it’ll open the skies to deep blue and love and calling someone ‘Honey’ because you just love the absolute hell out of her and feel so thankful for the gift of that feeling, the gift of her,” Goodnough wrote. “So, the little rumor going around, consider it happily confirmed. I just adore her. I’m so glad we’re together. Valerie Bertinelli … dating … me?! I know. Ludicrous.”

Goodnough also acknowledged how he knows his relationship with Bertinelli will put him more in the spotlight, but he isn’t afraid of it.

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“Along with being in a relationship with someone of Valerie’s accomplishments and renown come certain things,” he explained. “Among them is increased attention. I’ve already seen a bit of that here on Substack in the form of a little uptick in signups for free subscriptions. People read about someone, get curious, and go check them out. Totally natural. The net result is a growing community – which is good.”