I like Valerie. I'm younger than her, but I feel like I watched her grow up because I watched reruns of her sitcom. I read her bio a few years back. Everyone used to be impressed that she and Eddie were married so long, but there were obviously problems in their marriage. He was an alcoholic with severe social anxiety. He had built a recording studio in their back yard, and he stayed their drinking and playing his guitar most of the time, event at night. And eventually she was fine leaving him out there. It's not too much different from married men who play video games all day, but Eddie was able to earn a lot of money from his hobby.
He cheated, and the woman's husband contacted Valerie to let her know. Valerie said she was mad at the husband (the messenger). Eventually a woman took pictures of Eddie nude, covering up his modesty with a guitar, and sold the pics to the tabloids.
I read Sammy Hagar's book (which is available for free on the Internet). He told a story where Eddie showed up to the studio one day in the early 90s with a new crew cut hair style. In one of his drunken episodes, he had shaved his head. He was also crying that his wife hated him.
I cringed when I read Valerie's tweet after Eddie's death: "I'm so grateful Wolfie and I were able to hold you in your last moments. I will see you in our next life my love." At the time, Eddie's own widow was also grieving his death and Valerie herself was married to another man. It kind of seemed attention seeking. Some thoughts are better kept private.
Eddie was a genius, but he had a horrible personality. He alienated every other musician who played in his band, except for his enabling brother. Finally he pushed longtime bass player Michael Anthony out of the band and replaced him with Wolfgang. Worse, the tour T-shirt featured a classic album cover that had been photoshopped to replace Michael Anthony's photo with Wolfgang's photo. Many fans found this to be unforgivable. But Eddie only trusted family.
Poor Wolfgang. He's a very good musician himself. He probably had no choice; music was probably the only way Eddie could relate to anyone, and maybe Wolfgang felt like it was the only way he could earn his dad's acceptance. Maybe Wolfgang inherited his dad's addiction gene, except it manifested itself in the form of food addiction instead of alcohol addiction. To Eddie's credit, it doesn't look like he ever shamed Wolfgang because of his size; he was obviously proud to have Wolfgang standing on stage with him during their concerts. Fortunately, he has Valerie's personality, but he also has her dramatic side, often fighting on social media with people who call him "fat" or criticize him for nepotism. Obviously his name has opened a lot of doors for him in his musical career. And he inherited a lot of money from his dad, so he's had no trouble getting a girlfriend, in spite of his weight.