Celebrity COVER STORY: Valerie Bertinelli Says 'I'm Fat' Long out of the spotlight, the former One Day at a Time star emerges to talk her weight – and vows to lose 30 lbs. By Vicki Sheff-Cahan and Michelle Tauber Michelle Tauber Twitter Michelle Tauber is the Senior Editor overseeing Royals coverage at PEOPLE. She has been covering the royal family for PEOPLE since 2000, including William and Kate's wedding, Meghan and Harry's wedding and the births of the royal children. Formerly PEOPLE's first and only Head Writer, she has written a record-breaking 250+ cover stories spanning celebrity, crime and human interest. A graduate of the University of Florida, she lives in Orlando. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 4, 2007 08:45 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Valerie Bertinelli, best known for her 1975-84 sitcom One Day at a Time, has landed a brand new role: Joining Kirstie Alley as the new celebrity face – and body – for Jenny Craig, PEOPLE reports in its new cover story. The 5’2″ Bertinelli, who turns 47 this month, vows to lose 30 lbs. by September (from a size 14 to a size 8). Going public with her goal “is the motivation I need,” Bertinelli says. “I need to do this in front of millions of people so I can’t mess up.” And, she adds: “It is freeing because I can say it first: I know what you’re thinking – I’m fat.” Bertinelli says that Alley, who has maintained her 75-lb. downsizing, also offered some advice: “She said, ‘Even if Wolfie [the 16-year-old son of Bertinelli and her ex, Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen] wants to go to In-N-Out Burger, don’t do it, because paparazzi will photograph you!’ ” The Craig campaign, for which Bertinelli will shoot a new ad every month as she shrinks, represents a major step back into the public eye for the until-now stay-at-home mom whose last big TV role was on Touched by an Angel in 2003. “Wolf is my priority,” she says of her son. “I was a Hollywood hermit.” Also, she admits, “I didn’t like going up for interviews because I didn’t want to hear how fat I am.” Although Bertinelli remains guarded about her current weight – “Tom [Vitale, her boyfriend of nearly three years] doesn’t even know, and he’s not going to until I get down” – she is blunt about her goals. “I don’t know how my size, 14, has become obese while size 0 is normal,” she says. “It’s insane. I’m not even going for a size 6. I’ll be happy with a size 8.” For more on Bertinelli, including her ‘rock-bottom moment’ and how she let herself fall in love after her split from Eddie Van Halen, pick up this week’s PEOPLE, on sale Friday.