After her BFF, Heather Locklear, divorced her Bon Jovi rocker husband, Richie Sambora, Denise Richards decided to take him for a spin. Well, she ended up driving him off the lot, taking him home and parking him in her garage. Richards first dated Sambora from 2006 to 2007 after she split from Charlie Sheen. And of course, she was accused of stealing her best friend's man. But Denise stands by the claim that she "[dated] a former friend's husband, [but did not] break up a marriage."
It's easy to look down on Richards in this situation, but keep in mind, there are three sides to every story: the two sides of both parties involved, and then what actually happened. I learned that from Jersey Shore. So here's Denise's side of the story:
"We (her and Sambora) were friends and we were both going through divorces, and that's what drew us to each other... I did not steal someone's husband. Did I date a former friend's ex-husband? Yes. Did I break up a marriage? No. If I was still friends with (Locklear), that never would have happened with Richie. There was no friendship anymore prior to Richie and I getting together."
Richards and Sambora dated for a year before deciding to call it quits. At the time, a source said: " They did break up about a month prior to Richie's dad's death. She came to the funeral to support him. He needs to focus on his daughter Ava and wishes Denise and her kids all the best."
But Denise and Richie recently "started again a bit ago," a source told Us Weekly.
"They've always stayed friends, through everything they've gone through. He's had a rough patch, she's had her own stuff but they're both in a great place right now."
Another source says the two are "doing great and happy. It's really nice for both of them."
Denise added of her attraction to Sambora:
"You can't explain who you're attracted to. I believe people come into your lives for a reason, and even though I got such sh-t for it, he was there for me and I was there for him during a difficult time."
And if you think she's a home wrecker, she doesn't really care:
"I understand why people perceived it that way in the media, but those are the honest facts. I can't change what people think. (The criticism) during that horrible time made me stronger and have a thicker skin."