Denise Richards on ‘Today’: The warlock “is not the person that I met and fell in love with”


Denise Richards is making the rounds to promote her memoir, The Real Girl Next Door, which she takes great pains to explain is not a Charlie Sheen-bashing book but, instead, will share their beautiful love story. She really could’ve spared us that detail, but Denise has also been very busy lately adopting a baby girl and holding a baby shower. Plus, she’s currently in the midst of her morning show tour. These photos are of Denise outside her visit to FOX studios, and it looks like someone got a wee bit carried away with the sparkly arm stuff. I love the color and swishiness of the dress, but Denise looks like she’s auditioning for a role as Breaking Dawn extra:


In addition, Denise also popped over to the “Today” show and chatted for awhile with Matt Lauer about her book:

On Her Relationship With Charlie Sheen: Well, everyone asks me why I married him, which I get into in the book. but — and the man I fell in love with is very compassionate, humble, has a wonderful heart, and the behavior that a lot of us saw in the last six months is not the person that I met and fell in love with. The details of our actual divorce are private between Charlie and I. I get into, in the book, more about how I felt. I think a lot of women and men who are going through divorce can relate to the feelings of being angry and scared and guilty and whatever. That’s what I wanted to touch on and hopefully be relatable to other people instead of the details of what actually happened.

On Shielding Her Daughters From The Warlock Phenom: As far as the media, I shield them completely but there’s a few things they would hear, you know, through other kids. And there was a point where I — the recent stuff of everything that we all saw on the shows and all of that I did not discuss. But I did have to have a conversation with them about addiction and got a book to read to them because I was just lying to them so much and covering up and telling lies. It was just getting too confuse confusing that I needed to sit down with them.

I think it’s too early. They’re so young. I think that they — the book is written for children, so I think they did comprehend some of it. As they get older, they’ll learn more as needed. But I told them enough that they needed right then. I think for them to make sense of some things that were going on.

On Rumors That She Broke Up Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora’s Marriage: It was extremely difficult. And if I did break up a marriage or have an affair I would — I’ve been through so much, I would admit it and take it on the chin and admit my mistakes. I could have handled that situation different. But the fact of the matter is he was divorced, I was divorced, and then, you know, we got together and that was what happened. I get into a little bit of that.

On Why She Wrote The Book: I went through so much. I couldn’t get a job. I was dealing with my mom dying who did die. I was going through a horrible divorce. All these awful headlines. And it was a very difficult time. And also with Richie, his father was diagnosed with cancer two weeks after my mom and they both had passed away shortly, you know, after that. So it was very hard. I want someone who is going through a decision, whether it’s divorce, lost their job, whatever it is, and you feel — I hit rock bottom. And to have hope that you can get to the other side and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

On Whether She’s Worried About Charlie: Of course. He’s the father of our daughters, and I still care very much for him and want him well. But he’s also a survivor and if anyone can pull themselves together, it’s Charlie.

[From Today]

I give major props to Denise for her continued attempts to maintain diplomatic relations with the likes of Mr. Deluded Tigerblood. It’s always difficult to put on friendly airs with an ex-spouse for the benefit of the children, and I can’t even imagine how awful it would be to do so when that ex just happens to be Charlie Sheen. One day, Sam and Lola will grow up and read about their father’s unhinged, drugged-up behavior, and they’ll realize that their mother was doing the correct thing by protecting them from the spectacle during their formative years. So Charlie isn’t and will never be truly “winning” in life or as a parent. Denise is the real winner here.

Here’s video from the “Today” appearance as well:


Photos courtesy of WENN

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  1. Liz says:

    I just wish she weren’t writing a damn book about this, c’mon. But I guess if TigerBlood isn’t gonna cover everything forever, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do…

  2. Kim says:

    What has this woman done career wise since marrying Charlie? I like her well enough but there is a part of her that seems so desperate to stay in the limelight although she really doesnt have an acting career. At least she seems to be a good mother and keeps her young kids shielded from their dads nightmare addictions.

  3. Praise St. Angie! says:

    I’d like her look so much more if she lost the white belt.

    just a pet peeve…but I think white belts or white shoes (unless you’re a bride or nurse) are just wrong.

    again, JUST MY OPINION. I wear black all the time and I know people bag on that, too, so…

    but I DO give her credit for trying her best to be as positive as possible for her kids.

  4. ladyanne says:

    Lovely dress. I think she looks much better with that hair color.

  5. whitedaisy says:

    A very pretty woman regardless of her entertainment “origin”. :0)
    I reserve judgement on her parenting; not one of these stories, where the kids are in any way affiliated with their parents’ efforts to have a reality tv show, will end well.

  6. Obvious says:

    And to think only a few years ago everyone was bashing her for being the crazy one. I’ve always liked her and find her to be beautiful, she may not be the best actress, but I’d love to see her get some more work and continue being the great mom she appears to be.

  7. Susette says:

    Let’s see, back then the man she married had a history of alcohol and drug abuse, violence towards women, and promiscuity with prostitutes. The Charlie of today…Well, uhm, yeah.

  8. Tierra says:

    she would look so much better if she would lay off the Botox a bit. She has that perm. frozen forehead/eye thing going on and it makes her eyes and expressions look kind of crazy.

  9. Miss Marie says:

    This woman needs to stop talking. Geez. I saw a picture of her with the new baby, holding it w/o a carrier walking through JFK which is really dangerous, since one could be easily jostled in crowds. Her daughters look unhappy as usual. Here is the link

  10. the original bellaluna says:

    Of course not. Sociopaths can be very charming in the beginning, before the veneer of civilisation wears off.

  11. ess says:

    This ex-or perhaps still-prostitute (Heidi Fleiss girl) is LOVING the spotlight, the attention she is getting. She’s getting the opportunity to portray herself as ‘the good one’ in her relationship with Charlie Sheen. Sitting at interviews, acting all innocent and concerned for his well-being. Her phoniness makes me want to vomit.

  12. Bedge says:

    Orange legs, normal colored arms. That’s all I could notice!

  13. vixenella says:

    I find Denise completely refreshing. She seems like a down to earth woman who really loves her kids. She seems like a total hands on mom who doesn’t leave all the work to the nannies.

  14. gee says:

    Miss Marie,

    You seriously cant be bashing a mother for holding her kid and walking. There are a million things wrong in this world, that is not one of them.

  15. Ummm says:

    Everyone was bashing her because there were photos of her when she was with Sambora on the beach and she was clearly using coke (not cola). She is trying to smell better than Charlie but truth is they both were drug (ab)users.

  16. Firecracker says:

    I think she looks great! Love that dress on her.

  17. Violet says:

    Wow, she really doesn’t have an issue with distorting the facts.

    Charlie Sheen had the same reputation before he met Denise as he does now. He didn’t become a “warlock” overnight, so it’s ridiculous for Denise to claim she had no idea what kind of man she chose to father her children.

    Charlie Sheen was widely known as one of Heidi Fleiss’ best customers before he married Denise. Think about this: Why would a young, rich and attractive Hollywood star pay for sex? Whatever his tastes, they must be quite disturbing that he couldn’t have them met for free. Yet Denise clearly didn’t have any issue with any of that because she married the man. (Then again, she’s used to dealing with weird johns so getting married to one probably didn’t phaze her.)

    Also, Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear were NOT divorced when he and Denise had their affair. (Denise and Richie first hooked up more than a year before the divorce took place in April 2007.) In fact, Heather was doubly betrayed — Denise was a friend of hers, one that she had confided her marital troubles to, and then Denise turns around and gets involved with Richie.

    In other words, Denise Richards is lying her head off.

    Moreover, a good mother doesn’t put her young children on reality TV. She hasn’t spoken out much against Charlie, but I doubt she’s taking the high road voluntarily; I bet it’s because he’s got dirt on her.

  18. TL says:

    yea you fell in love with the druggie/womanizer/woman beater…. but hey, he has a nice personality.


  19. constance says:

    Glittah! The addiction no girl can’t control when she’s just a [professional who takes their clothes off for money] in the end.

  20. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “Why would a young, rich and attractive Hollywood star pay for sex?”

    to quote a comedian (can’t remember which one), “you don’t pay a woman for the sex, you pay her to LEAVE after you’re done.”

    seriously, though, a LOT of men get off on the idea of just using a professional. it’s one of those “taboo” fetishes that can provide a bit of excitement.

    to add, it’s also sex (however you order it, vanilla or more flavorful) without strings.

  21. Violet says:

    @Praise St. Angie

    “seriously, though, a LOT of men get off on the idea of just using a professional. it’s one of those “taboo” fetishes that can provide a bit of excitement.”

    Yeah, but we’re talking about a man who pays so-called goddesses to live with him so I don’t think that’s the key turn-on for Charlie.

    As a rich celebrity, he has his pick of women to service his every need for free and without any strings — which would be a big power trip right there — and yet he consistently pays for sex. Even his last couple of wives fit into that category, Denise willing to do anything for money and Brooke anything for drugs.

    So, I’m still convinced that Charlie’s sexual needs are quite twisted even by Hollywood standards but that Denise was happy to accommodate him.

    Anyway, my point is that Denise is lying like crazy in that interview. She knew perfectly well what kind of man she was marrying, just as she knew that Richie Sambora was still married when she first hooked up with him.

  22. dorothy says:

    If you are trying to shield your girls, then why would you write a book? Just wondering…

  23. vanessa says:

    I like her in Blue Mountain State…I watched her show when it was on tv but I didn’t really get a bad impression from her. That dress is super cute, love the belt

  24. meg says:

    i’m sorry, but no one marries charlie sheen unless they’re looking for a meal ticket. she wanted to be set for life-that’s all. little sympathy for this woman. get a job like the rest of us

  25. Hibiscus says:

    Whatever she has done to her face –

    Whenever I look at her I have the feeling I’m staring right in the face of insantity.


  26. lucy2 says:

    Yeah, I don’t buy that he was an upstanding guy before all this. His reputation has been long earned. She may be the saner of the two by far, but I’m not buying the innocent angel bit.
    Heather and Richie may have been having problems, but I don’t think they were divorced at the time. And even if they were, Heather was supposedly a good friend of hers, it’s just a no-no all around.
    I do wish her and her kids luck though, with Charlie in their lives, they’re going to need it.

  27. Dirty Martini says:

    Spin City. i dont dislike her. But she knew he was an f’d up mess when she married him, and she had children with a f’d up mess, and he continues to be an f’d up mess. Fine–shes made the best of the f’d up mess.

    The one she choose with eyes wide open.

    The one she procreated with.

    What–she couldnt pick a better father for her children? But the stories about her own beginning are out there for the world……….

    Serously ho hum about it all. I’m benign toward her, but given all of this–whatever.

    The best I can say is: Thanks for not making it worse.

  28. trh says:

    Hitting rock bottom… in a 4 million dollar Malibu home… yeah that sounds like a rough patch alright.

  29. Jen says:

    I’ve always liked her. When people were calling her the crazy one, I thought she was way more normal that the nutbag. She seems like a genuinely nice person, I wish her nothing but the best.

    And is someone seriously bashing her for carrying an infant without a carrier?? What a stupid thing to complain about.

  30. Joanna says:

    It kills me how she puts on this good mom, good girl persona. Anybody who has watched her reality show she was in a long time ago knows what the real her is like, and that’s no angel. the only reason she gets any publicity is due to her ex-husband’s fame and she’s riding that to the max. What a funny concidence, her book comes out shortly after his crazy episodes! what perfect timing. I give her credit, she knows how to work it to get every single dollar she can from his fame, but at the same time she doesn’t say anything directly hurtful to her child support checks. Way to go, angel face!

  31. Shaz says:

    Denise looks wonderful – love the hair color

  32. Momma2 says:

    She is one of those people who get prettier & prettier the older they get. Gorgeous skin.