February 18th, 2011
09:40 AM ET
As her ex-husband Charlie Sheen continues to struggle with sobriety, Denise Richards says she isn’t surprised by his latest round of troubles.
"I mean, you know, this is Charlie’s lifestyle," she says on today's edition of "The View," addressing Barbara Walters' question about Sheen's substance abuse, partying with porn stars and recent tell-all radio interview. "He makes no bones about it. And it is what it is."
While Richards says she doesn't want to judge her ex, she definitely is concerned about how Sheen's problems will affect their daughters Sam, 6, and Lola, 5.
"It’s a very difficult situation in dealing with the subject," she says of trying to explain the situation to her daughters. "This has been something I have dealt with for years. This is not a new situation. There are times where his life is more colorful than others, more public than others, and as the kids get older it’s a difficult thing," she admits. "I’m learning as I go too. I have never had to deal with this and this was a subject I had hoped to talk with my children about as they got older."
The actress adds that she has been relying on books to help explain addiction to her daughters.
"There are images and pictures that a child can understand," she says. "I don’t know what they fully comprehend from these conversations...They don’t know what some of these things are. So I do the best I can and it’s not easy."
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