The Untold Truth Of Eddie Van Halen's Wife, Janie Liszewski

The rock and roll world — and the rest of the world, for that matter — lost a true legend. On Oct. 6, 2020, Eddie Van Halen died after a battle with cancer. He was 65. The Van Halen guitarist is survived by his son, Wolfgang Van Halen, and his wife, Janie Liszewski. According to TMZ, Wolfgang, Liszewski, Valerie Bertinelli, and Alex Van Halen were all with him at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. 

Eddie and Liszewski's relationship — which started the rocker's split from Bertinelli — was relatively private. According to People, Van Halen proposed in 2008 in "a private room at Tiffany's" while they were on vacation in Hawaii. The two married the following year at a casual ceremony at home, as People reported, that included a groom in flip-flops, a bride walking down the aisle to a string quartet's rendition of "When It's Love," corn dogs, vows penned by the couple, and an "elegant wedding cake" that "was layered with white chocolate, strawberries, whipped cream and decorated with white hydrangeas." 

Fate connected Janie Liszewski and Eddie Van Halen

Janie Liszewski has worn a lot of different hats over the years. Not only is she a stuntwoman, dancer, and wrestler, but she also runs a PR firm called High Profile Media. In 2006, Liszewski became Eddie Van Halen's public relations rep, and that career move altered both of their lives forever: According to the Regina Leader-Post, they "met when she was hired to be his publicist." Three years after they joined professional forces, Liszewski and Van Halen tied the knot. 

Before she began working with her future husband, Liszewski was a publicist in the adult entertainment industry. She told AVN at the time, "I am so excited to be given the opportunity to work with such a legendary musical force and look forward to going on the road this summer. Obviously this is a dream come true in many capacities.According to the outlet, the two first ended up in each other's orbit when Van Halen made some songs for a film called Sacred Sin. As AVN put it, "Liszewski met up with the Van Halen organization while working on the publicity" for the movie. And with that, their love story began.

Janie Liszewski lost another family member in 2020

Janie Liszewski didn't only lose the love of her life in 2020. Although the wife of Eddie Van Halen is a self-described "private" person, she did give her followers a peek into her personal life in June 2020, when she uploaded a photo announcing the death of her brother, Tom Liszewski. The second photo in the carousel presumably shows Janie and Tom as kids. "Rest In Peace Tom June 17th, 2020 #mybrother," she wrote, accompanied by a broken heart emoji.

A week following the announcement, she posted a somber update on her mental state, writing, "Thank you to each and every one of you for all the kind and lovely words during this very sad, confusing and emotional time. #thankyou." How heartbreaking — it's clear 2020 has been hard for Liszewski.

Of course, our thoughts are with Liszewski during this difficult time.

Eddie Van Halen's ex-wife found love again, too

Before Eddie Van Valen's marriage with Janie Liszewski, he was married to actor Valerie Bertinelli for over two decades. The two separated in 2001 (the divorce got finalized in 2007) due to drug use and Bertinelli's infidelity, which the actor opened up about in her 2008 memoir, Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time. In 2011, the soap opera star got hitched to a financial planner named Tom Vitale (pictured left). Although the two had dated for a few years, in a 2010 joint interview with AARP, the Food Network personality said she was still shocked when Vitale proposed.

"We'd talked about getting married," Bertinelli explained, "but I was still shocked. It was sweet when he asked me, because he was so scared. I was like, 'Are you kidding me?'" However, Vitale was confident of his decision and said he felt a connection to the chef. He said, "We just understood each other completely. My family is her family. It wasn't love at first sight; it was family at first sight."

Since Bertinelli was also at Van Halen's side at the time of his passing, as TMZ reported, some might assume she and Liszewski had a cordial relationship. At best, it's nice to know both Bertinelli and Van Halen found love again after their 26-year union.