Denise Richards has opened up about co-parenting with Charlie Sheen, while airing regrets she carries over their very public — and sometimes ugly — divorce.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star got emotional on last night’s episode of the reality show, which airs on Foxtel every Wednesday, fearing she “f**ked up a lot” during her marriage breakdown.
“It’s surreal when you start to see your kids become adults. It makes me cry,” Richards told her husband, Aaron Phypers, who she married in October.
“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).
“My girls have been through a lot.
“How I chose to relate to the dysfunction that was going on with their father was to hide it from the kids.
“I don’t know if I did a disservice or not … It just made me realise how fast it goes. Life is so short, and their childhood is so short.”
The pair have two daughters, Sam, 14, and Lola, 13.
Richards, 48, also spoke about the difficulties of co-parenting with her ex husband, revealing she took away one of their daughter’s phones, initially with Sheen’s support.
But he went behind her back and bought a new one.
“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,” she said to her co-star Lisa Rinna.
“And then the next day — a new phone number!”
“Oh, he got her a new phone?” Rinna asked.
“Yeah, and that’s hard,” Richards replied.
“I think a lot of parents that are divorced are probably going through this, especially when (their kids) become teenagers.
“It’s really difficult. If they’re gonna experiment with drugs, it’s usually then. Or alcohol, or have sex for the first time.”
Despite some hurdles, it seems there aren’t too many hard feelings between the exes who were married from 2002 to 2006.
Richards told news.com.au earlier this month when she visited Australia she had “respect” for Sheen and wanted to preserve their family unit.
“You have to work at it. I’ve always made a point that no matter what is going on, even when the public got a glimpse of some challenging times in his life, and at times I was a part of that, I always wanted to maintain a peaceful relationship with Charlie,” she said.
“He is the father of my kids. Our daughters deserve peace. They should not be privy to any discord between me and their father, and I’m a big advocate for that.
“I know it’s not easy, there were times when it was challenging, especially when there’s a lot of different emotions and feelings when you’re going through a divorce or a split, but my parents stayed married right up until my mum passed away, so I’ve never come from a family of divorce.
“Even though we’re divorced, I feel like the girls still have a family.”