"I think we both like to find humor in the absurd," Bertinelli tells PEOPLE about her son. "This world is a seriously crazy place and it's easier to get through it by finding it funny and absurd"

By Tomás Mier
June 10, 2021 10:00 AM

No one like mom to get through the hard times.

Speaking to PEOPLE in this week's issue, Wolfgang Van Halen opened up about his tight-knit relationship with his mother Valerie Bertinelli and how the grief following the death of his father Eddie brought them even closer together.

"My girlfriend and I pretty much go over to my mom's house every day to see her and play with her cats that we love," the 30-year-old musician tells PEOPLE.

"I think a lot of people don't understand how sarcastic our relationship is," he adds. "One time, she burnt onion rings. And it's like, she has a cooking show, so I just made fun of her for it. I asked her if I could post it. We get in GIF battles all the time on Twitter. Sarcasm is a language, And that's how we communicate!"

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And Bertinelli - who was married to the late Eddie Van Halen for 25 years - couldn't be prouder of her son.

"Besides the fact that he is ridiculously talented, I'm most proud of his kindness and thoughtfulness," the 61-year-old actress tells PEOPLE. "I think we both like to find humor in the absurd. This world is a seriously crazy place and it's easier to get through it by finding it funny and absurd. Sometimes laughing is better than crying."

It's a shared sentiment for Wolfgang, who says "he inherited his sense of humor" from both of his parents.

"Big time," he says. "And a lot of that self-deprecation certainly comes from both of them."

"People are very quick to remind me that I look like both my parents, which I have to tell them, it's like, 'Wow, science. Who'd have guessed it?'" he quips. "But yeah, I'm certainly a combination of both my parents. That's for sure."

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Watch the full episode of People Features: Wolfgang Van Halen on PeopleTV.com or on the PeopleTV app.

Despite being raised by famous parents like his own, Wolfgang says Eddie and Bertinelli gave him a "really great, normal childhood."

"My mom did a really good job at grounding me in my childhood," he says. "It felt completely normal. It wasn't lavish or insane. I think she did a really good job of balancing that fame aspect of both of my parents' lives and gave me a really great, normal childhood."

And part of growing up with her parents was taking in the important lessons they taught him. Eddie's best advice? "If you ever make a mistake, do it twice so everybody thinks you meant to do it."

"He was my biggest champion, other than my mom," he adds.

For more on Wolfgang Van Halen, grab a copy of PEOPLE on newsstands Friday.