After losing his beloved mother to ALS last month, the “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro shared how he spent the final hours of Mary.

“I owe everything to you, and I couldn’t be who I am without you. You are my number one girl. I always love you,” Valastro opened up to PEOPLE. He shared how he let her mother knew how thankful he was for her existence, adding that her mother also wants her to continue what he is doing, 100 percent.

Why the ‘Cake Boss’ won’t return to Hoboken Bakery

The “Cake Boss” star also revealed that he has not returned to the world famous Hoboken bakery. According to the 40-year-old American celebrity chef and entrepreneur, he had not been back to the bakery because of the memories of his mother, Mary.

Buddy Valastro added that since his mother died on June 22, he knows that when he goes there, he will break down, adding that the bakery got so much history about his mom.

Even if the “Cake Boss” star has not returned to Hoboken bakery, Valastro said that he would not close down the family business. Instead, he will continue to bake and expand their franchise as requested by his mother.

PEOPLE noted that the celebrity chef and entrepreneur has been “easing back into responsibilities” after they decided to close their bakeries last month in memory of Buddy Valastro’s mother, Mary. The family has bakeries in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Georgia, Nevada, Florida, Brazil, and Connecticut.

Valastro confirmed that the temporary business closure was so that the employees and family could lay Mary Valastro to rest in a funeral ceremony in Jersey City.

Mary Valastro’s ALS

Mary Valastro was first diagnosed in 2011 with the disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a degenerative disorder which affects the spinal cord and nerves.

Last year, Buddy Valastro said that his mother lost almost all the motor skills of her body and relied much on a wheelchair and only used the handicapped van to continue to visit her bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey.

On June 22, 2017, Mary Valastro died at the age of 69 because of complications from pneumonia, the common causes of death for ALS patients.

Buddy Valastro shared that even though he had been crushing about his mother’s struggle, he is now finding relief, saying he knows she is in a better place.

The 40-year-old “Cake Boss” baker has kept silent on his social media since his mother’s death.

He only posted a photo of him and his sister, Grace on June 30 to commemorate her birthday.

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