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Denise Richards Opens Up About Co-Parenting With Charlie Sheen

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By Chris Barilla

Denise Richards was one of the most well-known faces on the silver screen through the 1990s and into the early 2000s. The actress starred in countless iconic roles that would come to define her career and the time as a whole, and her romantic life would play a part in that legacy as well. Her former marriage to actor Charlie Sheen has been a hot-button discussion topic on and off for years now, and the actress is finally opening up about what the relationship she and her daughters have with Sheen truly consists of.

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Richards first met Sheen back in 2000 while both working on the film 'Good Advice.' A few months went by before the pair was officially an item, and by 2002 they were married. In 2004, the couple announced the birth of their daughter, Sam, and by 2005 announced that they were expecting again. However, things took a turn for the worse after a series of bad tabloid headlines coupled with other elements that ultimately led to the pair's divorce ahead of the birth of their second child, Lola.

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In a recent interview, Richards explained what co-parenting with Sheen is like, "Even though he’s Charlie Sheen, that is still to them their dad. I never talk badly about him and I want him to be part of their lives because I met a lot of the women that Charlie entertained and a lot of them had father-daughter issues. And I do not want that to be our girls," she said candidly during the discussion about her children and their knowledge of her past romance.

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"There’s a lot that the kids don’t know about their dad and I want to keep it that way," the star said in a recent episode of 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.'

In reference to the alleged $450,000 that Sheen owes her in child support, Richards said, "I do not want to go through all of that. I just don’t. It’s not just a one-time thing where you just show up to court. It’s like an ongoing thing where you can have depositions, declarations from different people. And that’s something, you know, the girls are going to be able to hear."

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Now, Richards is focused on her children's well being and is happily married to holistic practitioner Aaron Phypers and also the mother of an 8-year-old daughter, Eloise.

Sheen has led quite a romantic life before and after his engagement with Richards, having three marriages and three other children aside from those he shares with Richards, Cassandra Jade Estevez, 35, and twin sons Bob and Max Sheen, 11.

The actor has recently come under fire for allegations that he sexually assaulted late actor Corey Haim back in 1986, which he has since adamantly denied.

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