Co-parenting isn’t always rainbows and butterflies and Denise Richards isn’t afraid to admit it. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star — who co-parents her daughters, Sam, 15, and Lola Rose, 13, with her ex-husband, Charlie Sheen — explained that the former couple’s inability to see eye-to-eye makes their co-parenting situation that much harder.

“I took the phone away from my kid and her dad was in total agreement on the phone with me about and he supported it,” the 48-year-old beauty began explaining while making a guest appearance on the BravoTV after-show alongside costar Lisa Rinna. “And then the next day — a new phone number!” As you can imagine, Denise wasn’t happy. “Oh, he got her a new phone?” Lisa asked the blonde beauty, to which she replied, “Yeah, and that’s hard.”

Denise, who was married to Charlie, 53, from 2002 until 2006, candidly opened up about her relationship with the Two and a Half Men actor during the latest episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Monday, April 22. “It’s surreal when you start to see your kids become adults. It makes me cry,” Denise told her new husband, Aaron Phypers, as tears rolled down her face. “I just feel like I f—ked up a lot with their dad. I don’t want them to look back at their childhood and remember [arguments].”


Following her difficult divorce, the Starship Troopers actress adopted her third daughter, 7-year-old Eloise. Denise has opened up quite often about her sweet daughter, who has special needs, but she most recently got candid about her journey of adoption. “To me, it feels like I always had Eloise — there’s no difference between an adopted child or biological child, or Eloise and my older daughters,” Denise recently gushed to The Local Moms. “I’ve always believed that we choose our parents and she just chose me another way. She’s my daughter and she’s a part of me.”

Denise also offered some kind words of advice for those moms and dads out there who are having a tough time raising children with an ex. “Parents have to come together, even if they don’t want to be in the same room, for their kids,” she insisted to the outlet. “Suck it up — because they didn’t ask to be born into a family that splits and shouldn’t have to deal with parents at each other’s throats. I’m not one where you bash your ex in front of your children. It’s very disrespectful to the kids.”