Denise Richards, 36, opens up in OK Magazine about raising her daughters, Sam, 3, and Lola, 23 months, through difficult times. (Denise’s mother is battling incurable kidney cancer and the girls have had to cope with her 2006 split from Charlie Sheen after three years of marriage)
Are your daughters aware of your mom’s illness?
They know she’s sick because she doesn’t have any hair and she can’t pick my daughters up, but they don’t know what it is.
Have your daughters seen you struggle?
Sam walked in and saw me crying about my mom and she wiped my tear and gave me a kiss. I felt bad that she saw me that way. Then I thought, “You know what? This is life. Mommy sometimes gets sad.”
How are your daughters adapting to having their parents in different homes?
I’m doing my best to let my daughters know that Mom and Dad don’t live together. They’ll probably be in therapy before they’re 5.
The entire emotional interview can be read in the May 21st edition of OK Magazine.