Denise Richards on Sheen: It's difficult on our daughters
February 18th, 2011
09:40 AM ET

Denise Richards on Sheen: It's difficult on our daughters

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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  1. tracy

    Denise shouldn't be making any comments about Charlie. She should maintain a low profile for those kids sake. She was one of those women who made the unfortunate mistake of marrying a man she loved and thought she could change. Only Charlie can change Charlie.

    February 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sassie

    @Samantha – I'm just curious. Why are you tripping on punctuation on an entertainment blog? If it hurts your eyes wear some shades, or better yet don't look at all! Good grief!

    February 18, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Loser Richards

    Gotta agree 100% with jillcobb – Richards knew Charlie Sheen was a druggie/drinker/ho-chaser when she hooked up with him. I never understood why she had two kids. I guess she was looking to the future when her looks, body and career go south.

    February 18, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jillcobb

    "...she definitely is concerned about how Sheen's problems will affect their daughters Sam, 6, and Lola, 5."

    It's a little late to worry about that. She knew this guy was a train wreck when she met him. But instead of running in the opposite direction (like anyone with a smidge of common sense would do) she married the loser. And then she proceeded to have not one, but two, children with him. What he is doing to his children is reprehensible, but Denise, girl, you bear some responsibility for this, too. Unfortunately, it's your children who are suffering as a result of your poor judgement.

    February 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tracy

    Yes, pray for them because one day your kids will need them and thank God if they are recovered and able to be there sober for their kids. My son who is now 21, his father died of an overdose when he was 13. This has really affected him and I recently had an intervention for him and now he is in rehab. Thank God he said he wanted help and was ready, he didn't have to be forced. We have to remember that sometimes this illness runs in families. So parents, love and take care of your children.

    February 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sassie

    There are ALOT of us single moms/dads out here raising young ones on our own due to their spouse/ex-spouse being absent due to addiction, or the other horrible fact that they are gone because they overdosed before they could recover. The main thing that helped me and my children was to get into counseling asap! It can be found at no cost or a sliding scale for those who don't have the means for it. The responsible parent should try to keep life as normal and routine as possible. Make sure that meals are cooked, house is clean, kids get to practice, etc. Yeah it's hard so enlist the help of friends, family and neighbors when possible. Don't talk badly about the absent parent in front of the children. Make it a rule that the absent parent can not have visitation unless there is supervision by a mutual friend/relative who can be trusted. Have this specifically stated in the visitation or restraining order. Most importantly, try to remember this is a disease that people can and do recover from. Pray for them

    February 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jen

    Some of you guys are pretty 6 year old son's father is an addict and it's VERY sad-what these people put their children through.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Party Till You Puke

    Yeah Charlie...Rock on friend.

    February 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ticketman

    By talking about her X is the only way she can get seen.what has she done lately other than ride her X s coattails. Ps does have a nice rack

    February 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Get over it reading these comments you can tell how ignorant most humans are. How is this not here business when this is the father of her children? Hopefully Charlie realizes his mistakes and his children won't have to visit his grave to speak to their father.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Bixby

      It's not her business or yours. She should STFU and you should too. Women never know when to keep their mouths shut.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Another Overweight Breeder

      @ get over it.

      Hey FATTY. Shut your fat SHYT filled mouth. You have enough issues with just keeping your FAT AZZ clean and doing the reach around to wipe. Please SHUT UP, dont come back and accept the fact that you are a fat stupid female.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kareen

    Best thing Denise can do is to be honest and don't protect your kids from knowing the truth.
    Just be glad you are not married to this selfish piece of crap anymore.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tracey

    Average Joe, I agree. She chose to reproduce with him, this is as much her fault as it is his. I'm sure she thought she'd be the one to change him.

    February 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Wine and Cheese

    Just another of these whiny co-dependent stupid bytches that cant control her man or her x. F OFF BYTCH!

    February 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Average Joe

    Denise Richards said: "I mean, you know, this is Charlie’s lifestyle"

    Dear Denise,

    So don't whine about the position you put yourself in there, sweetcheeks. Nobody made you have kids with the guy. It's as much your fault if your kids are having a hard time as it is his. If you were that freaking concerned, you'd be teaching women not to date the 'bad guy'. Gee, now there's two more kids who'll have a tendency towards substance abuse and all the other BS Charlie Sheen does. But thanks for your life being our 'entertainment'.

    Gotta love it when a woman has kids with a moron and then blames the moron for her own shortsightedness.


    February 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. anna

    By all means party but know when to stop!
    Unfortunately Charlie Sheen doesnt know that or doesnt care.
    What a dissapointment he must be to his family. He just doesnt have the will power to sort himself out.

    He had the chance for a terrific life, he threw it away. I have no sympathy for him.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  16. Wreck_IT

    The guy has a one of top sitcoms on tv , if he wants party then let him be , and all you others should go back to minding your own damn business ! PARTY ON CHARLIE

    February 18, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  17. Christina

    May i add.. that in order for anyone to change is ask for help we are us citizens who have turn our backs on our fellow americans no matter what it is denise when you ended the marriage thats to save the friendship and the kids stop cashn the checks to realize ya friend needs you too to be who thousands people see his humor show a positive change as a family it will help charlie america smile stop wastn time judging people in recovery duh you cant do that spend that energy changn government for the kids thousands other americans struggln with same it forward smile more help others smile lives simply can change tremendously good luck charlie. and my oldest son name is charlie lol denise i make it on 638 a month on disability single mother to two boys :hmmmm is this aboutt kids or her right to judge her ex yes it affects the kids but you should be that friend for him even if its that reason the kids matter i know but simply bein a friend to him good luck to you and the kids to charlie and

    February 18, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  18. Whitney Houston

    Oh Lawd Bobbeh. We gotz to git out day an pardy wif dis whiteBoy. Dayum u know he b gotz duh goods stuff. Crack is Whack but snohtin sump coke?!!! Awww Hell Yeah!! Oh SHYT...Bobbeh...BOBBAAAYYY!! I need to git high, where my crack pipe.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  19. Off The Rails on A Crazy Train

    I bet ole Charlie inhales 18 inch rails...HELL YES!!

    February 18, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  20. chris

    it's sad she won't age wild things was an awesome movie!!! =^P

    February 18, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  21. Party Like Its 1999

    I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE to party with Charlie and Lilo!!

    February 18, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill Bixby

      Me too. Did you see that white dress? Rehab has been good to her – that body is rocking and those cans are beautiful.

      February 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  22. tom

    Why is she explaining things to her daughters? They watch TMZ and read celebrity gossip? Its probably better to SHIELD them from this at their young ages.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  23. Bryant Hayre

    We are hoping for the best for Denise and her beautiful daughters. Keep your head up because by you living by example, you and your family will be blessed. #1Bryant#

    February 18, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  24. Kathy

    As long as Charlie has people around to enable him, he won't hit bottom. Everyone needs to stop helping him, so he can see how pathetic his situation really is. Then, maybe, he'll work on saving himself.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  25. LBW

    The saddest part is that he truly thinks he can handle it and it's really no big deal. Heap big denial.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • CinGuy27

      That is the problem that addicts face. How can you possibly help yourself if you don't think you have a problem? The same goes for Lindsey Lohan.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  26. Rehab Is For Quitters

    Leave Charlie alone. I say PARTY ON Garth!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  27. Patrick

    I think you people need to look beyond the obvious fact that "The View" is essentially a cackle-fest. The point to take away from this story is if you're addicted, you're affecting ALL around you. Yeah, Charlie, good job dragging your young daughters into the middle of your "functional addiction.' Your a great example for all of us...Now pass me my crackpipe, I have a board meeting in 10 minutes!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • CinGuy27

      Yeah, it's a terrible situation for Denise, Charlie, and their entire family. Charlie has a disease. However, there is nothing wrong with making a side comment about The View.

      February 18, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  28. Jeepers

    She looks like a tranny in this photo.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeepers

      Ok, I read the article after posting that and now I feel bad. She's in a difficult situation. More importantly though, she looks like a dude in the photo. Alright, I'm sorry! That was mean.

      February 18, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  29. jennifer martinez

    Personally ive been on BOTH sides of addiction...ive been the addict and now im a recovering addict and i must admit its not pleasant to have to deal with the past and all that i put my children and loved ones through. Even today it still i think about myself as an addict it was a variety of things that triggered it all...first because of depression then i noticed that people with similar problems were into drugs so it was all ok...then as the years went by it became all a problem i still suffer from pain and depression as some family members dont accept my sobriety as it really is...but i still continue to fight for what is right. THE FREEDOM I HAVE AND THE TIME I SPEND WITH MY CHILDREN IS WHAT I DESIRE...GOD HAS MADE THIS ALL POSSIBLE FOR ME!

    February 18, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  30. F The View

    Not interested in hearing anything those cackling ole hens discuss, on the view. And any person that placates those idiots is themselves an idiot.

    February 18, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • CinGuy27

      LoL! Everytime I hear about The View I'm reminded of the Family Guy short: A bunch of hens cackling and then one of them lays an egg! Classic!

      February 18, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe S. Momma

      Rosie, is that you?

      February 18, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Dianna Faith

      I could not agree more if you listen to those women they are the only ones in the whole world
      that are right ! they knock down and kick them in the gut anyone that does not live like they SAY
      they do they should have halos over their heads – but heavens if anyone says anything
      negative about them – oh you are dog meat ! I hate to even look at JOY don't know how she has
      another talk show – – – WHO watches it ?????? Elisabeth is a big FAKE ! Wish they off the air !

      February 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |

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