Denise Richards and Richie Sambora are back together

Denise and Richie in 2006

Remember back in 2006 when there was all that controversy about Denise Richards dating Richie Sambora, who just happened to be the very recent ex of her neighbor and former BFF, Heather Locklear? There were no homewrecking allegations against Richards at the time, as Sambora and Locklear had already split up after 11 years of marriage for other reasons. (Locklear is said to have surprised Sambora with divorce papers after finding nude photos in his e-mail of one of his assistants. Richards had recently broken up with Charlie Sheen for more compelling reasons like threatening to kill her and an online porn and gambling addiction.)

Richards and Sambora eventually broke up after about a year, shortly before Sambora went to rehab for alcoholism. (He got a DUI the following year, in March, 2008, with his 10 year-old daughter in the car. He got off with probation and a fine.)

Now The National Enquirer is claiming that these two are back together, and they’re trying to keep it quiet.

Romance between Denise Richards and Richie Sambora is rockin’ once again.

The actress and the Bon Jovi guitarist have been secretly dating for weeks, sources tell The Enquirer – and they’re trying to keep their rekindled relationship on the down-low because of the troubes of their high-profile former spouses.

Denise, 39, and Richie, 50, began dating in 2006 after their marriages crumbled…

Although things fizzled after a year, “Denise and Richie never really stopped loving each other, a close friend told The Enquirer.

The two recently shared a quiet date at home, cuddling up with DVDs and popcorn, deliberately staying out of the public eye because they didn’t want to become part of the media hoopla surrounding their ex-spouses….

Richie had worked hard to stay on the straight and narrow [after his DUI], say those close to him.

Added the friend: “Denise was impressed enough to give him a second chance.”

[From The National Enquirer, print edition, June 14, 2010]

I’m guessing this “friend”/source is Denise, who can’t stand it that Richie won’t go out with her for a “quiet” date at the Ivy or a shopping trip to Kitson. You know that Denise would love to make it known that she’s back with Richie so she’s telling the Enquirer and hoping it looks like people still care. We do, I guess, I mean we’re reporting on it. I just wish that Denise would figure out that she can do so much better than Richie, but maybe she doesn’t want to. She seems to have a thing for addicts with serious baggage, although Richie is definitely a step up from Charlie Sheen.

Richie Sambora is shown at a photocall for Bon Jovi in Madrid today, 6/4/10, Denise is shown at a pet adoption event on 5/23/10 and a QVC pre Oscar party on 3/4/10. These two are shown together in older pictures, on 4/20/07 outside their hotel in NY City and on 9/7/06 at an event. All photos credit:

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  1. Wow, I was calling a reunion with Charlie. Eh, I don’t see it lasting this time either.

  2. Dorothy says:

    He is FUG! But I kinda like them together!

  3. YT says:

    Anyone is a step up from Charlie Sheen.

    I kinda like them together too. I think they had a good thing going, but his drinking got in the way.

  4. fartknocker says:

    Man, Denise is starting to look like a catcher’s mitt.

    Why do old people feel the need for such swarthiness?

  5. Bonfire Beach says:

    I kind of like them together, too. And yes, fartknocker, he DOES look swarthy! That is the perfect description.

  6. Jessica says:

    The gum stuck to the bottom of my shoe is a step up from Charlie Sheen. I cannot even imagine the STDs that guy has!

  7. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    LOL Dorothy for some reason your comment made me laugh hard as ever. I mean I burst out laughing hard as ever. Maybe because I am always calling people fug. I don’t really have any comment on this story, I could care less. Expect uhhhh they’re a hot mess.

  8. Team Bethenny says:

    Reality show in 3…2…1…

    Also, dude looks like Maude in those recent pics.

  9. Kat says:

    I like them together too, I mean, not as much as I liked him with Heather Locklear, but that’s over. I know what people say about her, but I think she is gorgeous. They make a good couple and he looks a great deal better than he did a few years ago!

  10. Cinderella says:

    I think they go well together, too. Call me crazy.

  11. Jen says:

    Why is Richie wearing Jon Bon Jovi’s wig? And why does he look like a middle-aged lesbian?

  12. Marjalane says:

    I think it’s funny how everything has turned around- Both Charlie Sheen, (totally) and Heather Locklear, (yes) have turned out to be the losers and Denise Richards, who everyone called a skank and a paid ‘ho has turned out to be the honest, responsible parent here! and kudos to she and Sambora if they’ve cleaned up their acts and are happy. Those kids need to see SOME kind of functioning relationship! And yes- we women always go for the (albeit) aging, overfed, overcoifed, rockers when we can, don’t we?!

  13. Kelaa Khaa says:

    Fartknocker, your comment gives me chuckle but alas, I am as as “old” as Denise with twice the figure and none of the swarthiness. I remember the days when I thought 39 was old too, lol.

  14. meme says:

    LOL Jessica.

  15. Linda says:

    You can’t deny they’re beautiful together.

  16. LindyLou says:

    Those two look frighteningly orange in that first pic. Yeeeecchhhh.

  17. Lway says:

    OMG – IT’s BARBIE with a Caribbean Tan! She really needs to lay off the spray can – she looks like a Cheese puff with legs!

  18. lucy2 says:

    When you look at the 4 people involved in these marriages and divorces, yes, at the moment Denise and Richie seem like the more stable people of the bunch. However, that’s like saying you’re the sanest person in the psych ward – all of them seem pretty messed up.

  19. Marjalane says:

    lucy2! That made me laugh so hard- What a goal: I want to be known as the sanest person in the psych ward!

  20. GatsbyGal says:

    Wow, they are…frightfully orange.

    And man, he is unattractive. He also doesn’t look entirely straight.

  21. Mary says:

    HAHAHA!! Lots of laugh… how funny to think ANYONE would date her… she’s a nightmare! Seriously! She hasnt had a date cuz everyone knows she’s nuts! Oh wow… National Enquirer has such a great reputation for printing the truth! Gimme a break! A guy with a new clothing line, successful tour & good relationship with daughter and her mom… i’m sure he’s smarter than that!!

  22. andrea says:

    she can do better? really?

  23. Just a Poster says:

    ” lucy2! That made me laugh so hard- What a goal: I want to be known as the sanest person in the psych ward!”

    Marjalane LOLOL Hey don’t knock it, but I have found my summer mantra. 3 kids out of school for the summer.. you get the idea!

    I dunno gang, I kinda like them together. And I have always thought she was trashed by the Charlie machine. I am sure she has had her moments and is certainly no angel, but I never doubted her as a mother and now that Charlie messed up so badly and she was awarded full custody of the girls.. I hope she can have a happy normal life now.

  24. escapee says:

    OMG – so much spray tan – they look like the gods of the oompa loompas!

  25. serena says:

    I bet they tan together! Lol

  26. Red Folder says:

    I’m sure Richie’s bank account sweetens anything. Heather L gave an interview ages ago when she was married to him and working on Spin city with Michael J. Fox. She said that she and Richie kept their money separately. She intimated that Richie had a shitload of money because “Bon jovi fans” were really loyal. . .so he’s definitely got a fatter wallet than charlie. . .

  27. RobN says:

    I like him but she doesn’t need to be dragging guys with so much baggage into her kid’s lives. They really have enough to deal with already.

  28. ogechi says:

    I love Denise beyond words. The relationship she has with her father is the same i have with my parents. Its refreshing to see somebody loving her parent the way she does. I love her for that and that is very cultural.

  29. Heather says:

    How can she do better?

  30. Brandy Mc says:

    I also saw a reunion with Charlie possibly coming.

  31. guesty says:

    like them together…hope this is for reals.

  32. jeannified says:

    She derives me nuts. I know she suffered at the hands of Charlie Sheen, but she’s still a fame seeker. I think they’re BOTH messes, although Heather Locklear has had her share of personal problems, as well.

  33. Majosha says:

    Jen: LMAO, perfectly said. The man looks f*cking ridiculous — why is he clinging to that horrid hairdo for dear life? What is it with these 80s hair band dudes who absolutely REFUSE to evolve, style-wise? Or if they do change up their look, they do it by going under the knife and emerging looking like something out of a cheap horror flick like Axl Rose.

  34. skibunny says:

    There are some funny posts here but the name “fartknocker” really makes me laugh. Perhaps I like bathroom humor.

  35. Juiceinla says:

    Oh Fartknocker, you are the shixa… Everyone though, stepped it up on these comments. Hilarious. escapism really can be smart!

  36. YO TAMBIEN says:

    She is awful and is definitely planting this story. Richie is dating a fashion designer and has been for over a year. Can Denise Richards PLEASE move on?

  37. maritza says:

    They look like a very cool couple, I hope they last.

  38. fizXgirl314 says:

    JEeeeeez stop hogging all the orange!

  39. original kate says:

    lordy, she has deplorable taste in men.

  40. JJ says:

    Tambien, the fashion designer has recently gotten married and it wasn’t to Richie Sambora.

  41. Ashley says:

    stop the spray tanning, you are so freakin orange!

  42. Liana says:

    There were no homewrecking allegations against Richards at the time

    Sure there were. People were all up in arms that she “stole” her best friend’s husband. It’s a rule – when one famous person gets involved with another famous person who used to be married or involved (whether they were already broken up or not) with yet another famous person, one is always a homewrecking skank, one is always not held accountable for his own actions, and one is the poor beleaguered one, destined to roam the earth forever unhappy and pining for the loss of the love of her life – even is she is totally over it.

    And to make matters worse, people on gossip sites pontificate “Team Whatever” and “Team Whoever,” decide that they “hate” one party or the other, and speculate as though they actually KNOW these people and what they feel and how they behave behind closed doors.

  43. Harper says:

    11 made me spit out my drink.

    You guys are in rare form today. Thank you I needed a laugh.

  44. bizzy says:

    i like denise. i don’t even know why, and i wish i didn’t, but i do. i think when she isn’t glammed to the max, she’s pretty in some way that makes me like her.

  45. Jule says:

    They’re not back together… silly rumors. 😉

  46. foxy says:

    a grown woman, denise richards, to mention a grown man’s private parts (censoring her description), richie sambora, on a t.v. interview as a great guy she be interested in to give her babies, speaks for itself what he is use to. survival around these two together i won’t be there. richie sambora follows denise on twitter. appears he keeps in contact. i am a fan of richie sambora’s and my middle age crisis peer group likes him alot.

  47. rita says:

    after knowing more about her in the show I like her for the animal lover she is, i think it says a lot about her carachter, she really fought to them to not go to canil, I find her amazing now and I didn’t even like her before.
    I love her.