Defiant Valerie Bertinelli Defends Reported 50 Pound Weight Gain, Blames Foot Injury — ‘We All Need To Give Each Other A Break, Especially Women’

Valerie Bertinelli isn’t going to shed any tears over her recent weight gain.

The Hot In Cleveland beauty, whose packed on a reported 50 pounds since her well-publicized Jenny Craig endorsement campaign, explained to The Talk Wednesday that she’s been hampered by a foot injury that’s left her unable to hit the gym, and refuses to bow her head in shame over the size of her waistline.

“Why do I feel shame?” the One Day At A Time star asked rhetorically. “I haven’t been able to work out, so the weight has been creeping on.

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“But I have to take the shame out of it because it’s not fair.”

The 53-year-old ex-wife of Eddie Van Halen, who broke her foot in December, said that she’s comfortable in her own skin.

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“I have gained a few pounds … it started to panic me. Then I thought, “Well, wait, a minute. This is my body. I’m almost 54. I broke my foot! My doctor told me to not get my heart rate up. But now I am back in the gym.

She continued, “We all need to give each other a break, especially women — let’s leave each other alone,” getting a round of applause from the understanding audience.

A Bertinelli source told Mail Online the actress “will get back into her workout routine” when her body is fully healed from the injury.

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“She is still in recovery. This is just a brief break. She wants to be back in her bikini by summer.”

UPDATE 12:25 p.m. — Berinelli denied the drastic weight gain, tweeting to Radar: “Not 50, more like 15 #smh… never thought 15 stupid lbs would cause such an uproar.”

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