Valerie Bertinelli decides to take a break from social media due to feeling overwhelmed

Valerie Bertinelli decides to take a break from social media due to feeling overwhelmed

Valerie Bertinelli announced her plans to take some time offline to prioritize her mental health.

On Friday, the 64-year-old actress told her 1.6 million Instagram followers that she was embarking on a ‘social media cleanse’ after experiencing feelings of exhaustion and overwhelm.

‘The last six or so weeks have been…a LOT,’ the former Food Network star, who recently wrapped her book tour for her latest work Indulge: Delicious and Decadent Dishes to Enjoy and Share, captioned a selfie of herself resting her hand under her chin. 

She continued: ‘And while I am incredibly grateful for all your support for my book and everyone I’ve had the good fortune to meet, this here introvert in extrovert’s clothing is in need of a mental health break.’ 

Valerie Bertinelli announced her plans to take some time offline to prioritize her mental health

Valerie Bertinelli announced her plans to take some time offline to prioritize her mental health

While the New York Times bestselling author acknowledged she didn’t ‘need’ to announce her departure, she explained that she knew some fans ‘worry about’ her if she doesn’t ‘post often enough.’

‘But, I’m good,’ she assured her followers. ‘Honest. Taking a little social media cleanse/detox and a mental health break is a good thing and I’m grateful I’m at a place in my life where I’m aware enough to know when I’m overwhelmed and mentally/emotionally exhausted.’ 

The mother-of-one concluded: ‘Y’all take care of yourselves. I’ll be back before you know it.’

Before making the choice to take her social media break, Bertinelli went Instagram official with her new boyfriend, writer Mike Goodnough on April 20.

She debuted their relationship by sharing a photo with her new man, which she captioned with lyrics from Taylor Swift’s song So High School. 

The caption read: ‘I’ll drink what you think and I’m high from smokin’ your jokes all damn night.’ 

Her post came just two days after Goodnough, 53, revealed his identity in a Substack post and confirmed their romance. 

Goodnough went into detail in a post titled Rumors, Rumors, Rumors… in which he explained how his romance with Valerie came to be. 

On Friday, the 64-year-old actress told her 1.6 million Instagram followers that she was embarking on a 'social media cleanse' after experiencing feelings of exhaustion and overwhelm (seen in March, 2024)

On Friday, the 64-year-old actress told her 1.6 million Instagram followers that she was embarking on a ‘social media cleanse’ after experiencing feelings of exhaustion and overwhelm (seen in March, 2024)

‘I am Valerie Bertinelli’s boyfriend… and that may well be among the most surreal sentences I’ve ever pecked out,’ Goodnough wrote in an essay.

‘But it’s true… and nothing about our actual relationship seems surreal. It just seems… good… lucky… a gift,’ he added.

He continued: ‘Life is crazy, kids. It just is. It’ll rain hellfire 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 very thankful for the gift of that feeling, the gift of her.’

Goodnough said that amid ‘a certain bit of gossip’ they were involved in, he decided to ‘address it head on’ and consulted with Bertinelli ‘out of respect’ and ‘reached out to [her] in question directly to discuss the matter with [her] prior to writing this.’

He listed Bertinelli’s impressive credentials over decades in show business, noting her successful TV career in both cooking shows and sitcoms, two Emmys, two Golden Globes, and six books.

‘The whole thing is nuts,’ Goodnough said. ‘Nonetheless, with it getting out of hand, I figured I should say something about it.’

The writer added that he and his new girlfriend ‘had a humorous conversation about this whole thing,’ and that ‘she was lovely and warm and just exactly as you would imagine.’

Before making the choice to take her social media break, Bertinelli went Instagram official with her new boyfriend, writer Mike Goodnough on April 20

Before making the choice to take her social media break, Bertinelli went Instagram official with her new boyfriend, writer Mike Goodnough on April 20

Goodnough previously hinted at the romance earlier this month as he read a People magazine with a cover story about the actress speaking about her love life

Goodnough previously hinted at the romance earlier this month as he read a People magazine with a cover story about the actress speaking about her love life

Bertinelli previously opened up about her romance in an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show.

‘He was not supposed to come into my life and here he is. He’s 10 years younger,’ the Hot in Cleveland star said without naming him.

‘He would like to think he’s complicated and brooding, but he’s thoughtful and kind and ridiculously talented,’ Bertinelli said.

‘He’s an amazing writer. He’s gorgeous, like so hot. He does it for me. We all have our type, like he’s just hot,’ she gushed.

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