It’s always commendable when exes get along and manage to stay friendly. It’s usually because of the kids, which is great, but two people who are no longer in love and can get past their past and remain close? Well, that’s pretty awesome. But Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards have taken it to a whole new level, especially considering the amount of crap she’s had to put up with for countless years.
Denise revealed that Charlie once showed up at her home for Thanksgiving dinner — with a sex worker in tow. “He just told me, ‘Hey, I want you to know so-and-so is here, but don’t worry, she’s going to be in the car in the driveway while we eat dinner,'” Richards recalled on the Daddy Issues podcast to hosts Dean McDermott, Adam Hunter, and Nicky Paris, adding that she was so not comfortable with that and told Sheen, “‘Oh my God, I cannot have her just sitting in the driveway.” So the woman was welcomed into Denise’s home and sat at the end of a long table for dinner.
Things quickly got complicated when they had to explain who the woman was to their two kids, daughters Lola and Sam, and Denise’s father, Irv. As far as the girls knew, she was simply Charlie’s friend. But for Irv, Denise described a slightly more awkward situation. “My dad was seated next to her sort of-ish and he came up to me while we were all talking and stuff and he goes, ‘I think there’s something not right with that woman.’ I go, ‘Oh, OK. Why do you say that?’ He goes, ‘Well, I keep trying to talk to her and she just doesn’t say anything and I’m just being friendly, making conversation.’ I said, ‘Dad, Dad, she’s a hooker, so don’t ask her any questions.'” Poor Irv was shocked, to which Denise explained, “‘Yeah, what do you think? They don’t always dress in fishnets and lingerie, Dad.'” And while she and her father joked about the situation, he did add that it was “nice” of her to invite her in for dinner.
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Charlie confirmed Denise’s story to People magazine via his publicist in the form of a poem because this is Sheen we’re talking about. He said Richards’ account “is absolutely true” and that the “lady of the night” he brought to dinner was “a bit of a harlot.” Such sweet words.
It’s kind of amazing, how far Denise and Charlie have come and how there’s no longer any bad tiger blood between them. Richards deserves sainthood or some sort of medal for everything she’s had to endure during and after their split. It could’ve knocked her down. She could’ve played dirty, but she kept it all together, never let him faze her and was the bigger person throughout. Now look at them. It’s not only a testament to who she has on a human level but her willingness to support her ex for the sake of their daughters.
And let’s not count out Charlie, who has behaved remarkably in recent years. In 2018, after Denise and Aaron Phypers got married, he wished them “nothing but happiness.” There was a time when his meltdowns were much-publicized and he tossed around words like “warlock” and “winning” in just about every sentence. So while Richards’ capacity for forgiveness and angel-like patience is incomparable, you have to give Sheen a little credit too. Though maybe no more sex workers at family dinners, OK?
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