Having Charlie Sheen as an ex-husband and father of two of your children is challenging even at the best of times.
"I went through so much in a very short period of time in my life and got through it. I really hit rock bottom at one point," Denise revealed, who was married to Charlie for four years before their tumultuous divorce in 2006.
"It’s difficult, especially in the last six months as we’ve all seen a lot of stuff in the media. I honestly really wanted to protect the kids from it as much as I can, and there were a lot of things that truly weren't my place to comment on," said Richards, 40, who is now opening up about handling Charlie's drug addictions and hooker habits in her new book, The Real Girl Next Door.
The most memorable incident for the divorced pair was the infamous night at the Plaza Hotel in New York City last October when Sheen smashed-up his room after he accused a prostitute of stealing from him, and then ended up in hospital.
"I did not know who was going to be at the table. When I found out I thought, ‘I can be cool about this, I can hang,' then things got a little crazy and colorful so I left the table. Then when things got really crazy it turned into a whole different thing."
"I’ve honestly learned to live in the moment because it’s up and down - when it’s good, I cherish these times for the kids, when it’s not it’s not and I just ride the wave until when it’s good again."