NAMES IN THE NEWS : Bertinelli Fights for Marriage

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Actress Valerie Bertinelli says she is struggling to save her nine-year marriage to rock star Eddie Van Halen while he works to overcome alcoholism.

"He doesn't abuse me; he hurts himself," Bertinelli, 30, is quoted as saying in April's Redbook magazine. "He's got a problem I'm not happy with, but I bring stability to his life.

"And besides, I love him. It's my weakness. Some people are addicted to food. I'm addicted to my husband.

"I can't say that we're really great friends. We don't have a helluva lot in common, but we'll always be connected like brother and sister. That helps when the romance comes and goes."

Van Halen, 33, checked into a drug and alcohol treatment program in Burbank on Jan. 1.

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