‘RHOBH’: Denise Richards Protects Daughters From Dad Issues With Charlie Sheen, But It Might Be Too Late

Denise Richards was one of the hottest actresses of the late nineties and early 2000s. These days, she is best known as one of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, a reality TV star who regularly airs her dirty laundry on the Bravo network.

Still, there are limits to what Richards will discuss, and recently, she opened up about her relationship with her ex-husband, Charlie Sheen. Sheen and Richards share co-parenting duties, and in spite of what the media has to say about Sheen’s habits, Richards revealed that she is still guarded in what she says about her ex. 

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Sheen was one of the biggest stars to emerge from the eighties film scene. His movies Wall Street, Platoon, and Major League are all considered classics, and Sheen developed a reputation for his cool, confident persona. That wasn’t the only reputation that Sheen cultivated: He became well-known for his excessive habits, and he frequently made headlines for his outrageous behavior.

In 2003, Sheen began starring on the sitcom Two and a Half Men. The series only heightened Sheen’s popularity, and he appeared on the show for eight years, until his substance abuse problems and behavioral antics derailed the show, and his contract was terminated.

In recent years, Sheen has become better known for his antics than for his acting, including three marriages and five children. His second marriage, to Richards, was likely the most high-profile of the three. 

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In the late nineties, Richards was one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood. She gained notoriety for a series of high-profile roles in movies like The World is Not Enough and Starship Troopers.

Richards first met Charlie Sheen in 2000, when they were both working on the film Good Advice. They didn’t start dating until a few months later, but by late 2001, they were an item.

In June 2002, Sheen and Richards tied the knot. Over the next several years, Sheen and Richards were spotted at a wide variety of red-carpet events, and Richards even co-starred on a few episodes of Two and a Half Men.

In March 2004, Richards gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Sam, and in early 2005, they announced that they were expecting again. Sadly, the good news was about to get trumped by a series of painful tabloid headlines. 

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By the late spring of 2005, Richards and Sheen had decided to go their separate ways, and they announced that they would be divorcing. Richards was six months pregnant at the time of the split announcement. Although the birth of their daughter, Lola, in June 2005, was a period of happiness, the pair continued with their divorce proceedings.

In the years since their divorce, Sheen and Richards have weathered several reconciliation rumors — rumors that Richards has always been quick to dismiss. In 2017, Richards found a new romance, this time with Aaron Phypers. The two got married in late 2018.

What did Denise Richards recently say about Charlie Sheen?

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Although Richards and Sheen’s romance has been over for years, she doesn’t harbor any ill will towards her famous ex and has every intention of protecting her daughters from hearing about the seedier parts of his personality. In a recent interview, Richards stated: “Even though he’s Charlie Sheen, that is still to them their dad. I never talk badly about him and I want him to be part of their lives because I met a lot of the women that Charlie entertained and a lot of them had father-daughter issues. And I do not want that to be our girls.”

This isn’t the first time Richards shared such a sentiment. In a recent episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, she said: “There’s a lot that the kids don’t know about their dad and I want to keep it that way.”

Richards is set to go to court over $450,000 that Sheen owes her for child support. “I do not want to go through all of that. I just don’t,” she said. “It’s not just a one-time thing where you just show up to court. It’s like an ongoing thing where you can have depositions, declarations from different people. And that’s something, you know, the girls are going to be able to hear.”

It is clear that Richards is able to put her children’s welfare ahead of any personal issues that she might have with Sheen — and that is something that many Hollywood exes should be able to admire. 

That said, it might be too late. At some point, Richards and Sheen’s shared daughters will learn of their father’s past and have to reconcile with it. Simply put, their daughters are of the age where they have access to the Internet and can see their dad’s history.

For instance, Sheen accidentally shot his then-girlfriend Kelly Preston in 1990. In a 2011 20/20 interview, Sheen displayed erratic behavior and opened up about drug use. Sheen also sat down with Alex Jones of Today show and said he has “tiger’s blood” and cured himself of addiction while shading those who turned to Alcoholics Anonymous. Sheen even made headlines for faking a marriage to his girlfriend: adult film industry star Brett Rossi.

More recently, in 2014, Sheen reportedly attacked his dentist with a knife. He claimed to have a bad reaction to the gas he was given.

What’s more, Sheen has been accused of raping Corey Haim — a teen star who passed away in 2010 — back in 1986. Sheen has denied the allegation.