She emerged relatively unscathed after her ex-husband went through a notoriously public breakdown in 2011.
Now Denise Richard is revealing more about an awkward family Thanksgiving years ago in which her ex Charlie Sheen, 53, brought a prostitute along to dinner.
The 48-year-old Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star previously recounted the story on her reality series, but she added more details about her father’s reaction while appearing on the Daddy Issues podcast Wednesday.
Dropping in: Denise Richards, 48, revealed how her dad reacted when her ex Charlie Sheen, 53, brought a prostitute to Thanksgiving while talking on the Daddy Issues podcast Wednesday
She recounted how she ‘felt bad’ after Charlie left his date in the car when he first arrived.
‘He told me, ‘Hey, I want you to know so and so’s here, don’t worry she’s going to be in the car in the driveway while we eat dinner,” she said.
‘I’m like, I cannot have her sitting in the driveway,’ she added.
Not wanting to reveal to her children that their guest was a prostitute, Denise and Charlie told the kids that the woman worked as an assistant for one of their other guests.
Denise’s father Irv Richards also was clueless as to the woman’s profession, though he sensed something was amiss as the evening progressed.
Kind act: Denise ‘felt bad’ after Charlie left his date in the car, so she invited her in to have dinner with the family
Secret: Denise and Charlie told the kids that the woman worked as an assistant for one of their other guests; pictured July 15
‘My dad was seated next to her and he came up to me while we were all talking and stuff and said, ‘I think there’s something not right with that woman,” she explained.
‘He said, ‘I keep trying to talk to her and she just doesn’t say anything and I’m being friendly, making conversation.’
‘I’m like, ‘Dad, dad, she’s a hooker, don’t ask her any questions.”
Her dad was initially shocked at the reveal, though Denise tried to tamp it down.
‘I said, ‘They don’t always dress in fishnets and lingerie, dad!”
Doesn’t add up: ‘My dad was seated next to her and he came up to me while we were all talking and stuff and said, ‘I think there’s something not right with that woman,” she said
Whoops: ‘He said, ‘I keep trying to talk to her and she just doesn’t say anything and I’m being friendly, making conversation”
Supportive: Her dad was surprised when Denise explained the woman was a hooker, though he said it ‘was nice of you to invite her in for dinner’; pictured June 18
Luckily, everyone managed to get along well enough for the day.
‘He was like, ‘That was nice of you to invite her in for dinner.”
The reality star was less positive about her ex-husband when it came to her career following their split in 2005.
‘Back during the show I did at E!, I had to do that, I had too many legal bills with my ex husband,’ she explained, referring to Denise Richards: It’s Complicated.
‘He said he wanted to bleed me dry and he did, those legal fees add up quite fast.
‘It was difficult for me to get a job back then because I was perceived as doing something negative with Charlie, so that was very hard when you’re misunderstood and you want to keep your personal life private,’ she explained.
Desperation: Denise explained she had trouble getting parts after her divorce, and her first reality TV work was just to pay her legal fees; still from The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills
The former Bond Girl went on to describe the difficulty of constant media coverage following their divorce.
The publicity forced her to be open with the two daughters she shares with Charlie, Sam, 15, and Lola Rose, 14, about what they might read about their parents.
‘Some of the stuff I’m honest with them. They had heard that I was in Playboy,’ she explained.
‘I didn’t even think they would know what that is, so having to explain that kind of stuff. I don’t think they want to know certain things either, so they’ve heard bits and pieces.’
Denise also has a seven-year-old daughter Eloise whom she adopted in 2011 while single.
Honesty: She also opened up about talking to her kids about news items they’ve read about their parents, including the time she posed for Playboy
In a racier departure, Denise revealed that she and her husband Aaron Phypers have sex every day.
‘We’re never too tired for it,’ she said. ‘I think it’s important to be very connected and especially after you have kids too, a lot of times parents are tired and if you go too long without that, mom and dad have to stay intact.’
Co-host Dean McDermott, who’s married to BH90210 Tori Spelling, mentioned how his wife was interested in making an appearance on RHOBH.
‘I think she’d be fantastic!’ she gushed. ‘I think Tori would be so great on the show.’
Perhaps they’ll have a chance to discuss the possibility when Denise appears as a heightened version of herself opposite Tori on the new 90210 reboot.
Guest appearance: Co-host Dean McDermott, who’s married to Tori Spelling, mentioned how his wife wanted to appear on RHOBH. ‘I think Tori would be so great on the show’ she gushed
In December 2017, Denise began dating Aaron Phyper, who runs an alternative medicine clinic that uses sound frequencies to treat certain conditions.
The two were married in September of last year in Malibu, California.
In May, she announced that he would be adopting Eloise with her.
Earlier this year, the Starship Trooper actress revealed that the little girl is developmentally delayed and can only speak a handful of words.