During a December 17 interview with PEOPLE magazine, Denise looked back on the early moments of her celebrity status, admitting that when it came to being famous, there was “no real handbook” on how to deal with the attention.
“It’s not something you can really prepare someone for,” Denise explained.
“When I would do interviews I was very private, which I’m sure people now would find hard to believe because I’ve done reality shows and I’m on Instagram and stuff,” she continued.
Denise Richards Has Made Mistakes Along The Way
“When I started out, they wanted to imagine the actor in that role. And we would do our best to keep it and keep our private life private,” Denise explained.
According to Denise, being famous wasn’t always easy, especially when it came to growing up in the spotlight.
“It was a hard thing to navigate and I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I obviously went through a very public divorce. It was hard for me to comprehend that my public divorce affected my work,” she shared.
Denise Richards’ Split From Charlie Sheen Had A Negative Impact On Her Career
“I didn’t understand it at that time because I thought, ‘How come? That’s my private life. It shouldn’t affect my work.’ But it did,” Denise revealed.
As fans may know, Denise broke up with Charlie when she was six months pregnant with their now-15-year-old daughter, Lola. However, their divorce wasn’t made final until 2006.
Looking back, Denise, who also shares daughters Sami, 16, with Charlie, said that the months and years that followed their breakup were “one of the hardest of my life.”
Denise Richards And Husband Aaron Phypers Share An Adopted Daughter
“That was a hard thing for me to go through and deal with,” she confessed. “I just wanted to keep doing what I loved to do and keep plugging away.”
Years later, Denise is happily married to husband Aaron Phypers, who she shares adopted daughter Eloise, 9, with.
Although Denise adopted Eloise in 2011, seven years prior to marrying Aaron in Malibu, California, she revealed in May 2019 that he was also in the process of legally “adopting” her as his own.
Denise Richards Gets Frustrated When She’s Misunderstood
While Denise likes having access to fans on social media and enjoys having the ability to shut down rumors when they arise, she also sees the downside of things.
“It’s hard being misunderstood and having stuff that is not true out there. My older daughters, they’re teenagers now and I can’t keep stuff away from them at all. They will hear everything. I miss the time when I was able to shelter them from the negative publicity around our family quite frankly,” she stated.
Denise joined “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast for season nine in 2018 and continued to star on the series in a full-time role until after season 10.