<p><span></span><a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=denise%20richards&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><strong>Denise Richards</strong></a> dishes major dirt in her new book, <em>The Real Girl Next Door</em> -- and <em>Life & Style</em> has a first look at all the juicy tidbits! In the tell-all tome, the mother of three daughters candidly sheds light on her relationship with her notorious ex-husband, <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=charlie%20sheen&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><strong>Charlie Sheen</strong></a>.<br />
"I got married to a man who I thought was my everlasting soul mate and became a mother to my two beautiful daughters," she says. "But then the bottom dropped out of that fantasy."
During the beginning of their relationship, Denise, 40, says she overlooked many details that would now be cause for concern. "The bedroom door was bulletproof," she writes. "A fire pole was in the closet in case a quick escape to the ground floor was necessary. And the house had a panic room."
Eventually, the couple called it quits and Denise found herself front and center in a nasty, drawn-out divorce in 2006, when Charlie was enjoying the height of his Two and a Half Men fame. "I was called a gold digger, vindictive, and crazy. It wasn't easy to be pitted against the star of America's favorite sitcom--something he reminded me about constantly." She continues, "For Charlie, it was about the fight. He said he would bleed me dry financially and swore I'd never win."
But against all odds, they were finally able to rebuild a friendship. "I'll let you in on a secret. Nearly six years after we'd split, I still had moments where I was sad that we weren't a family unit."
While the actress admits she had trouble comprehending Charlie's new "porn family" of girlfriends in the recent months, she hasn't let it affect their relationship. "Charlie is on his own path, and this is his lifestyle he has chosen. That doesn't mean I condone it, but I've learned to accept it. One thing I know for sure: I'll always be there for Charlie," she says.
In the end, an optimistic Denise hopes readers will be inspired by her story of struggle and survival. "I think a lot of women can relate to going through a divorce and custody and being a single parent."
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