Valerie Chaney is a very private person, who gained public interest by marrying American comedian-writer-producer and podcaster Pete Holmes.
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Early life and family
There is no information about her early life and little is known about her family other than her Instagram posts where she shared some photos of her parents, Bill and Beth Chaney, along with a grandfather whom she affectionately calls Paw-Paw. She also has a brother named Derek Chaney who she considers her best friend, and has a good relationship with her sister-in-law named Beth Ansolabehere.
She’s also a devoted and loving aunt, based on her IG posts dedicated to her cousin, Wyatt, and niece, Annie June.
She received a Master’s degree in Education from the University of California, Davis. There is no information about her primary and secondary education and where she obtained her bachelor’s degree; she has not referenced it in her posts on social media apps.
Not long after receiving her master’s degree, she was hired as a high school teacher in Northern California. While there, she discovered how young girls struggled with low self-esteem, and this played a major role in her advocacy of helping women with the same problem overcome it.
Her not-so-great personal experience growing up, along with what she saw among her students, forced her to be associated with the REALgirl Empowerment Program. It helps young girls aged nine to 16 with self-esteem issues and educates them about their options so they can fully explore their own potential as individuals.
She is currently a REALgirl® Instructor in the Los Angeles area, and she coaches young girls on how to deal with body shaming and identity confusion, inspiring them to be confident so they can stand on their own. She believes this would encourage more women to speak out and be future leaders in society.
In 2019, she began offering dance and meditation classes called “Wild and Free” at Studio A Dance at the Hyperion Arts Complex in LA
she has been married to Pete Holmes since October 28, 2017 in California after dating for three years. They have a daughter named Lila Jane who was born in September 2018. She and Pete loved to travel together, but when Lila came, they both enjoyed taking care of her at home together.
Who is Pete Holmes?
Peter Benedict ‘Pete’ Holmes is of American Lithuanian descent, born on March 30, 1979 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, to an American father and Lithuanian mother.
He graduated from Lexington High School and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.
He married at the age of 22 when he was just starting his career in stand-up comedy, and was part of ‘The Sweaty-Toothed Madmen’, a local comedy group. Unfortunately, his wife was unfaithful and had an affair with another man, so by the age of 28 he was already divorced and briefly began exploring and staying in cities like Chicago and New York until he finally moved to Los Angeles.
His television career began with his appearance on several shows, including “Comedy Central,” “VH1’s All Access,” and “Best Week Ever.”
He was also able to sell his cartoon illustrations to American magazines, ‘Cosmo Girl’ and ‘The New Yorker’. Pete has also appeared on popular late night TV shows such as “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “Conan.”
Pete’s writing career began providing material for commercials and TV sitcoms, such as “Outsourced” (2010-2011) and “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” (2011-2012). He also created a comic character of the superhero Batman, in a web series called “Badman”, produced by CollegeHumor. From October 2013 to June 2014, “The Pete Holmes Show” aired on TBS.
He wrote, produced and hosted the show which featured half an hour of comedy skits and monologues every Monday to Thursday evening.
He achieved further success with “Crashing,” a TV series loosely based on his own life experiences, which aired on HBO in 2015 and ran until March 2019 and ran for three seasons, directed by Judd Apatow. Pete has a podcast series, “You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes”, and it is available on several online platforms, including Apple Podcasts.
Pete has also uploaded videos to his YouTube channel, which has a total of 250 million views and is still counting.
- Valerie is a big supporter of the #MeToo movement and posts a huge text/image of ‘MeToo’ on her Instagram with this caption: ‘I’m unpacking all the reasons why it took me days to muster the courage to say #metoo.’
- Valerie and Pete had a dog named Brody, whom they sometimes affectionately refer to as the “pettjetter” when the dog travels with them on vacations.
- She has a scripted tattoo on her arm, ‘love everyone’, with a heart between the words.
- Beyonce is her favorite singer, and says she is grateful to be a woman during Beyonce’s time.
There are no exact details about her height and weight. However, based on their photos together, she is more than a foot shorter than her husband, who is 1.98 m tall. She is white with blond hair and light gray brown eyes.
Her net worth is estimated at over $500,000, and authoritative sources estimated her husband’s net worth at over $3 million, as of May 2020.
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