Denise Richards’ extremely publicized divorce from Charlie Sheen was “way worse” behind closed doorways, she stated in a brand new interview.
The “Wild Things” actor famously broke up with Sheen in 2005 whereas six months pregnant with their second daughter, Lola, in response to E! On-line. Their divorce led to limitless gossip and tabloid rumors.
“The behind-the-scenes stuff was way worse than what was out there,” Richards advised “Divorced Not Dead” podcast host Caroline Stanbury in an episode posted Wednesday. “It was really bad.”
Richards married the “Two and a Half Men” actor in 2002 and gave start to their first daughter, Sami, in 2004, in response to Us Weekly. She took a recurring function on the present, joined him at pink carpet occasions and posed for photos — however advised Stanbury this required placing on a “facade.”
“There is a lot that the public doesn’t know, and you never know what goes on behind closed doors,” Richards advised Stanbury. “It was not a good situation.”
Richards filed for divorce in March 2005, and it was finalized in 2006. Sheen has an extended historical past of touchdown within the information, together with for expenses that he assaulted ex-girlfriend Brittany Ashland in 1996 and then-wife Brooke Mueller in 2009, in response to USA At this time.
“Would I want my daughters to be married to this man?” Richards stated she requested herself. “No offense to him, but it’s true. And I think he would take that, he would understand what I’m saying. … It was very toxic.”
She advised Stanbury that Sheen’s notorious ABC Information interview in 2011 — through which he defended his drug abuse and claimed being fired from “Two and a Half Men” was an occasion of “winning” — led her to additional protect her daughters from their troubled father.
“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,” Richards advised the host. “I felt the most guilty splitting up the family unit. I struggled with that for years.”
Richards adopted a 3rd daughter in 2011 and went on to marry Aaron Phypers in 2018. She clarified within the podcast interview that she didn’t remorse her marriage to Sheen, “because I really do feel that he and I were brought together to have our daughters.”
“To this day, Charlie does know he can call me at any time, no matter what,” Richards advised Stanbury. “I don’t care what he says or does, I will show up and be there because I always wanted him — and still do — to be the best dad for our daughters.”