Denise Richards Tries To Shield Her Kids From Charlie Sheen Mess

Denise Richards with her daughters.
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The actress is attempting to keep her ex-husband's drama from their two young daughters.

It's no secret that Charlie Sheen is a tangled mess of problems--which means pretty much everyone has their concerns. Estranged wife Brooke Mueller is in the midst of the mayhem with their 22-month-old twin boys. According to the New York Post, CBS exec Nina Tassler expressed the network's apprehension about the Two and a Half Men star: "We have a high level of concern. How could we not?” Heck, we even have to worry about a guy who tears up hotel rooms and fully immerses himself in drugs and alcohol. Are Charlie Sheen And Brooke Mueller Getting Back Together?

But then there's Sheen's ex-wife Denise Richards who may have it worst of all. She has to deal with the Charlie train wreck while raising two daughters, both of whom are old enough to recognize their father's real issues and the very public airing of his indiscretions. Richards opened up to Access Hollywood about how she's handling it all.

Reported PopEater: "I think a lot of people are concerned about Charlie, and my concern is obviously--what becomes difficult is things become so public," Richards said. "I try my best to keep that quiet from our daughters because, you know, this is something I've never dealt with in my life until this situation."

Richards maintained that her goal has always been to stay close to Sheen for the sake of their kids--Sam, 6, and Lola, 5. But that became pretty tough when her ex-husband had a serious meltdown. She talked about that now-infamous day in New York City when Sheen hired porn star Capri Anderson and drunkenly vandalized his hotel room with Richards and their daughters across the hall. Charlie Sheen Enjoys Escorts, Throwing Hissy Fits?

"(It) was our intention to have a nice time with the girls and I thought it was great that we could all travel together and go out to dinner and do things even though we're not together anymore," she said. "The events that took place after that, you know, it was... difficult."

While all this seems to be confusing and foreign territory to Richards, she is trying to keep a clear head for her girls, which we suppose is really the only thing you can do.

"I'm learning how to deal with it, and just keeping a lid on it for our kids has been my main priority and it does become difficult."

We don't envy Denise Richards' position. It's a tough one. We honestly hope her daughters remain unjaded and her ex-husband gets it together. It's like, "Come on, Charlie. Seriously. Do it for the kids!"

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