July 26, 2011 1:22pm PT by Sophie Schillaci
Denise Richards Discusses Addiction with Charlie Sheen's Young Daughters (Video)
While promoting her new memoir, The Real Girl Next Door, Denise Richards spoke with Matt Lauer on the Today show about what else, but her now-infamous ex-husband, Charlie Sheen.
Richards touched on her attempts to explain Sheen’s behavior to the former couple’s young daughters, Sam, 7 and Lola, 6.
"As far as the media, I shield them completely, but there were a few things they would hear through other kids," she said. "I did have a conversation with them about addiction and got a book to read to them because I was just lying to them so much and covering up and telling lies, and it was just getting too confusing."
"They're so young," she continued. "I think they did comprehend some of it, and as they get older, they'll learn more as needed. But I told them enough that they need right then that I think they needed right then to make sense of some things that were going on.”
Despite being nearly finished with her book at the time of Sheen’s month long media circus, Richards admits to rewriting sections of the story to address his recent behavior. In the book, she reportedly credits his antics not to the man she married, but to the man she divorced.
“The man I fell in love with is very compassionate, humble, has a wonderful heart,” she explained. “The behavior that a lot of us saw in the last six months is not the person that I met and fell in love with.”
Not one to publicly defame her ex-husband, Richards’ memoir is, as Lauer points out: “Not a Charlie Sheen bashing book.”
“He's the father of our daughters and I still care very much for him and want him well," she said. "But, he's also a survivor, and if anyone can pull themselves together, it's Charlie."
Richards recently welcomed a newborn baby girl (sans Sheen) to the family. She domestically adopted Eloise Joni Richards last month and is “very happy.”
Watch her full appearance in the video below.