Valerie Bertinelli’s new beau, Mike Goodnough: The 53-year-old writer, father, and renowned “Hoarse Whisperer” from the East Coast

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Valerie Bertinelli’s mystery man has revealed his identity on Wednesday

Writer Mike Goodnough is 53-years-old which makes him 10-years younger than the 63-year-old icon.

And he is a writer as well as a  parent who lives on the East Coast. 

Goodnough has also been following his girlfriend as she has been promoting her new cookbook Indulge in New York City; that was Mike as he was by her side exiting her taping of The Drew Barrymore Show on April 3.

He announced on Wednesday through his social media platforms that he is in a romantic relationship with the One Day at a Time star.

‘I am Valerie Bertinelli’s boyfriend… and that may well be among the most surreal sentences I’ve ever pecked out,’ Goodnough said in an extended essay on his page for Substack. 

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

Goodnough has racked up more than 412,400 followers on Twitter/X on The Hoarse Whisperer under the handle @TheRealHoarse, mostly for his musings on politics and news.

Valerie Bertinelli’s new beau, Mike Goodnough: The 53-year-old writer, father, and renowned “Hoarse Whisperer” from the East Coast

Valerie Bertinelli’s mystery man has revealed his identity on Wednesday Writer Mike Goodnough, 53, announced Wednesday via his social media platforms that he is in a romantic relationship with the One Day at a Time star, 63 

Goodnough has racked up more than 412,400 followers on Twitter /X on The Hoarse Whisperer under the handle @TheRealHoarse, mostly for his musings on politics and news

Goodnough has racked up more than 412,400 followers on Twitter /X on The Hoarse Whisperer under the handle @TheRealHoarse , mostly for his musings on politics and news 

Bertinelli has been gushing about her boyfriend all month; she said they will have a bi-coastal relationship

Bertinelli has been gushing about her boyfriend all month; she said they will have a bi-coastal relationship

Here the beauty is seen in the 1980s in a black swimsuit

Last year in a purple suit

She doesn’t age! Here the beauty is seen in the 1980s in a black swimsuit, left, and right she was seen last year

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, 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.

Goodnough cited 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.’

Goodnough said that he and Bertinelli ‘had a humorous conversation about this whole thing,’ and that ‘she was lovely and warm and just exactly as you would imagine.’

Goodnough said he asked Bertinelli ‘in a very reportely voice “Anyway, Ms. Bertinelli, any truth to the rumor you are dating me? Care to comment?”‘

‘She said, “It’s true. I totally am. You’re my boyfriend.” Then we both laughed and I said, “Wow. You’d think I’d remember something like that.”‘

Goodnough wrapped up in saying, ‘Somewhat bonkers though it may be, the rumor is true. Valerie and I are together and have been for a while now … I assume nearly all of you already knew that. Well, now, you all do.’ 

Goodnough has also been following his girlfriend as she has been promoting her new cookbook Indulge in New York City; that was Mike as he was by her side exiting her taping of The Drew Barrymore Show on April 3

Goodnough has also been following his girlfriend as she has been promoting her new cookbook Indulge in New York City; that was Mike as he was by her side exiting her taping of The Drew Barrymore Show on April 3

Goodnough 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 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 has spoken candidly about his mental health and his apparent ADHD diagnosis on X.

In February 2024, he joked, ‘My Adderall had absolutely *NO* impact on my ADHD today. If this keeps up, I’m going to have to start actually taking it instead of just putting it in my pocket and then forgetting about it.’

He has dropped hints on social media that he is dating Valerie. Mike shared photos of her DailyMail.com stories about being in love.

He also flashed her People cover and made it obvious he was backstage when she filmed The Kelly Clarkson show last week. 

The Touched by an Angel actress earlier this week opened up about her romance with Goodnough, and how they connected, in an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show Monday.

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

Bertinelli said of how she connected with Goodnough via Twitter: ‘I actually started following him on Twitter back in, 2016 or 17. 

‘He has a really amazing Twitter following. He’s very funny, very acerbic, and political at that time. And I started following him. I was like, “There’s something about this guy, I got to know more about him.”

She added, ‘I kind of got little butterflies when I followed him and then he didn’t follow me back for two years.’

Bertinelli said they eventually began following one another on Instagram, and exchanged DMs at a gradual pace.

Goodnough had been with Bertinelli on April 3 when she filmed the talk show in New York City, as she was on to plug her cookbook Indulge. 

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Bertinelli earlier this week opened up about her romance with Goodnough, and how they connected, in an appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show broadcast on Monday 

The actress said of her beau, 'He would like to think he's complicated and brooding, but he's thoughtful and kind and ridiculously talented'

The actress said of her beau, ‘He would like to think he’s complicated and brooding, but he’s thoughtful and kind and ridiculously talented’

Bertinelli had previously been wed to late rock legend Eddie Van Halen between 1981-2007, and they are parents to musician son Wolfgang Van Halen, 33. 

The legendary guitar player died at 65 in October 2020 following a stroke and longtime cancer battle.

She had been wed to Tom Vitale from January of 2011 prior to their May 2022 split after 11 years together, when she filed for divorce.

The star has been on a book tour for her cookbook Indulge

The star has been on a book tour for her cookbook Indulge

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