Denise Richards has admitted she found it hard shielding her children from the glare of Charlie Sheen’s catastrophic personal implosion which caught the attention of the public for the first half of this year.
Sheen’s meteoric demise hit the headlines almost on a daily basis for several months but after the launch of his self-indulgent Violent Torpedo of Truth tour which received largely poor reviews, the spotlight shone on other victims. Hiding it from their children was always going to be a tough ask.
At a time when Amy Winehouse is making the front pages after falling prey to her addictions, Denise Richards is now trying to educate her two daughters, Sam (7) and Lola (6) about the illness of addiction in a way that they can understand.
“I was just lying to them about so much, and covering up things and totally lying,” she told Matt Lauer on the Today Show.
“It was just getting too confusing that I had to sit down with them.”
“It’s too early [for them to understand]. I told them enough for them to make sense of things that were going on,” she added.
The former Bond girl and star of Starship Troopers has been on the receiving end of Sheen’s bile during his tour but the 40 year old is tough enough to let it all blow over her.
Celebrities and their addictions are a common story these days and for some reason many people find it something to celebrate without understanding that addiction is an illness which can literally kill.
Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch has declared his intention to set up a clinic which will help people suffering with substance dependency and given his recent behaviour Charlie Sheen could benefit from such a place.
Miley Cyrus was put through a stint in rehab by her father Billy Ray so that she would understand the dangers of alcoholism and other excesses, without ever having had a problem with them. Perhaps other young musicians and actors should have the same experience or work with addicts in order to understand how devastating the illness can be, not only to the individual but also their families and friends.
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