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'LIED MY A** OFF': Denise Richards covered up ex Charlie Sheen's addiction issues to 'shelter' their daughters

'I don’t know if I did them a disservice when they were younger,' said Richards, as she claims her daughters became 'more aware' as they grew older
UPDATED AUG 11, 2022
Denise Richards opens up about her divorce from Charlie Sheen (Photo by Carlos Alvarez, Elsa/Getty Images)
Denise Richards opens up about her divorce from Charlie Sheen (Photo by Carlos Alvarez, Elsa/Getty Images)

DUBAI, UAE: 'Wild Things'star Denise Richards revealed on Wednesday, August 10, in the Caroline Stanbury’s episode of Divorced not Dead's episode that she regrets breaking up with ex Charlie Sheen.

Actress Denise, 51 throughout the podcast spoke candidly about her divorce with Sheen 56. She filed for divorce when she was 6 months pregnant with their second daughter and said she "felt guilty for splitting up the family unit."


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On the podcast, Denise who stars in 'The Real Housewives of Dubai' opened up with Stanbury, 46, and said "I struggled with that for years," recalling her split with ex Sheen.

Before Denise initially filed for divorce with Sheen in March 2005, she had been married for almost three years. After the couple welcomed their second daughter, Lola, in June 2005, Denise put the divorce on hold, but filed again in April 2006. She said, "I said to myself, ‘Would I want my daughters married to this man?’ No offense to him but I think he would take that and understand what I’m saying, and that’s when I was like, ‘Well, why am I accepting this?" She later admitted that after Lola was born, they briefly reunited but quickly separated again, describing their union as "extremely toxic."

According to Denise, the "Two and a Half Men" star battled addictions in front of the world, and the actress admitted that she frequently lied to her daughters Sami, 18, and Lola. She revealed, "I did shelter them a lot, and then they started to get to an age where ‘so and so said this,’ and I lied my a** off and covered for him." She added, "Now as they’re starting to get older, they’re more aware of more things. That’s why I say I don’t know if I did them a disservice when they were younger." Denise also explained, "I had so much guilt. My parents were still married until my mother passed away. So that’s the family I came from and we did reconcile actually after for a very brief time, after our second daughter was born."

The Bold and the Beautiful star also revealed that she is “glad” they reconnected and said, “It made me also know I could one day tell my girls that I did everything I could possibly do to make this family unit.” She later confessed on Wednesday, "That’s what I felt the most guilty of was splitting up the family unit. I struggled with that for years. It was not easy, but at least I knew that I did everything that I could to make that work as much as possible and that I knew this isn’t right."