Valerie Bertinelli's boyfriend shares the romantic way he's celebrating her birthday

Valerie Bertinelli's new boyfriend, Mike Goodnough, is traveling across the country so they can celebrate her 64th birthday together.

Goodnough, who is a writer, posted a pair of pics on Instagram on April 23 — a cute selfie of the couple along with a map showing a plane flying from Newark, New Jersey, to Los Angeles.

"Sure, the plane is full and the cabin is eleventy-thousand degrees and I’m in Seat 51G …but it’s @wolfiesmom’s birthday and she’s waiting on the other side and it feels like I’m the one getting the present here," he wrote in his sweet caption.

Bertinelli responded in the comments, "How do I (love) this eleventy hundred times? Happy birthday to meeeeee," adding a smiling emoji with hearts.

Goodnough also posted a pic of the former Food Network star hamming it up on a red carpet in his Instagram stories. "Happy Birthday! @wolfiesmom," he wrote on the shot.

Bertinelli and her new beau went Instagram official on April 20 when Bertinelli posted to Instagram the same sweet snap from his birthday tribute.

In the selfie shot, Bertinelli leans her head on Goodnough's shoulder while they both sport black glasses.

In the caption, the celeb chef penned some lyrics from Taylor Swift's new song, "So High School," and wrote, "? I’ll drink what you think and I’m high from smoking’ your jokes all damn night ?."

Before Bertinelli hard-launched their relationship on Instagram, Goodnough took to the social media platform to poke fun at all the attention he's been receiving.

In his post, he shared an "Entertainment Tonight" report that announced he was the former "One Day at a Time" star's new man.

While looking at the video in bed, he cringed as "ET" said his name and then the word "Ooof" appeared on screen.

Goodnough penned the caption, "Welp, so much for the staying anonymous thing. So, uh, hi… I guess. ?."

In the comments, Bertinelli shared a GIF of an actor laughing.

When did Valerie Bertinelli and Mike Goodnough reveal they were dating?

In March, Bertinelli revealed that she was “in love” with someone whose identity she did not want to share publicly.

A few weeks after that, Goodnough confirmed on his Substack called "Hoarse Whisperings" that he and Bertinelli were in a relationship.

“I am Valerie Bertinelli’s boyfriend … and that may well be among the most surreal sentences I’ve ever pecked out,” he wrote. “But it’s true… and nothing about our actual relationship seems surreal. It just seems … good … lucky … a gift.”

He continued by writing that “life is crazy, kids. It just is. It’ll rain hellfire down on you for years and bring you to your knees… and then it’ll open the skies to deep blue and love and calling someone ‘Honey’ because you just love the absolute hell out of her and feel so very thankful for the gift of that feeling, the gift of her.”

“So, the little rumor going around," he added, "consider it happily confirmed. I just adore her. I’m so glad we’re together.”

Goodnough also told his readers he first asked the “Hot in Cleveland” star's permission before making his big reveal.

He also joked about calling Bertinelli to ask her about the “rumors” that they were dating.

“She was lovely and warm and just exactly as you would imagine; and we had a humorous conversation about this whole thing,” he wrote. “I said ‘I know this is going to sound weird but… there is apparently a rumor going around that you and I are… romantically involved. I know. Where do they get this stuff? But it was apparently in a couple gossip mags today. Not sure if you are aware or care…’”

As they went back and forth, joking about the tabloids, he wrote, “She said ‘It’s true. I totally am. You’re my boyfriend.’”

Goodnough also posted a photo of himself with Bertinelli’s cats.

Who is Valerie Bertinelli's boyfriend, Mike Goodnough?

Mike Goodnough is a writer who lives on the East Coast. In his relationship reveal post, he wrote that he’s a “guy who abruptly ‘decided to be a writer’ a little over a year ago.”

“I write a lot about life and loss and love; joy and grief; hardship, long tunnels with little light on the other side … and then making it through them,” he added. “I’m an open book … and that often leads people to be open themselves in the comments.”

He also is father to a 16-year-old son, according to his Instagram.

It appeared Goodnough had been having a blast teasing his relationship with Bertinelli for a while. In an April 8 Instagram post, he’s seen reading a magazine featuring the TV personality on the cover.

Mike Goodnough reading a People magazine with Valerie Bertinelli on the cover. (Instagram/therealhoarse)
Mike Goodnough reading a People magazine with Valerie Bertinelli on the cover. (Instagram/therealhoarse)

On April 6, he posted a snapshot of a magazine rack featuring Bertinelli’s People cover right in the middle.

“Just browsing the magazine rack. As one does,” he captioned the post.

From the looks of Goodnough's Instagram account, he also enjoys birdwatching and regularly posts photos of the birds he encounters.

In a post to his blog on April 9, he opened up about dating the (then) unnamed woman who visited in New York to promote her book and how proud he was of her.

It was on this press tour for her book, "Enough Already," that Bertinelli revealed her new relationship.

What has Valerie Bertinelli said about her boyfriend, Mike Goodnough?

Prior to revealing Goodnough's identity, Bertinelli said in an interview with People that she was “in love.”

“It’s a seesaw of emotions because I was adamant I was never falling in love again,” said Bertinelli, who divorced husband Tom Vitale after 11 years of marriage in 2022.

“I was supposed to die with my six cats and my dog, and very happily live the rest of my years alone — I’m good alone,” she added. “My belly is flip-flopping. This was not supposed to happen.”

Bertinelli added that she and her then-anonymous boyfriend became friendly a few years ago through Instagram.

“It was strictly platonic but there was something about him that I connected with that felt familiar,” she said, adding that the two have a “crazy” comfort level.

Bertinelli said the pair's relationship turned romantic earlier this year.

“It feels incredibly right,” she said. “I found joy first, and then a man entered my life.”

It seems those feelings of love are mutual. In a March 29 post about visiting a dying friend in Los Angeles, Goodnough also seemingly alluded to being "in love" with Bertinelli.

He wrote that he'd visited his friend, then "made a winding hour-and-a-half drive home to a woman I am in love with and who I feel so very lucky to have found."

"She lives in L.A.. She was making dinner when I got home. It smelled delicious," he wrote. "I was so thankful for it, the care of it, the comfort from that. It was so good to eat together…"

Goodnough ended the post by noting it was his dying friend that brought him and his new love together and promised to update readers with that story "next time."

This article was originally published on TODAY.com

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