In 1980, Valerie met the man who would soon become her husband. Valerie says her brothers invited her to a Van Halen concert to help them get backstage. "I took a look at the 8-track cassette that was in the back of my Corvette ... and I saw a picture of Ed, and I went, 'Oh, yeah, I'll be going. He's a cutie.'"
When Valerie saw Eddie backstage, she says it was love a first sight. "You had to peel me off the floor," she says. Three days later, Valerie says she got a phone call from Eddie asking her to meet him. "So I went out and visited, and we never separated from then on," she says.
Despite his bad-boy image, Valerie says Eddie was a gentleman and insisted they sleep in separate rooms when they first started dating. "He was the good one," she says. "I was the bad one." When Valerie and Eddie finally made love for the first time, she wrote about the experience in her book—but now she's a little shy talking about it. "I guess actually saying it out loud, now it's embarrassing," she says. Oprah has no problem filling in the blanks! "You said you made love like there was a hunger that you never filled before."