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May 14, 2006

Sambora / Richards...Locklear? 35

Trust me, betrayal is not just for men anymore
Oops, She Did it Again!
denise richards & her sister...

DENISE RICHARDS' sister MICHELLE MCLAUGHLIN has hit out at reports the actress is expecting BON JOVI star RICHIE SAMBORA's baby. Richards, who is currently embroiled in acrimonious divorce proceedings with former husband CHARLIE SHEEN, started romancing the LIVIN' ON A PRAYER guitarist last month (APR06), just four months after his wife - and her former best pal - HEATHER LOCKLEAR filed for divorce. But although Richards and Sambora are happily dating, MCLaughlin insists it is far too early to talk about kids. She tells American magazine Star, "She is absolutely not pregnant with Richie's baby! "I think these pregnancy rumours are funny. I don't know about more children and marriages. "She has her hands full right now. She's gone through a few years of craziness and is at the point of her life now where she just wants to move on." Richards and Sheen have two daughters together - SAM, 2, and LOLA, 10 months, while Sambora and Locklear have an eight-year-old daughter AVA.
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Lawyers working on the meanest, nastiest, angriest, back-stabbingest and most thoroughly entertaining divorce case in America, Denise Richards vs. Charlie Sheen, reached an agreement in Los Angeles Superior Court Friday which guarantees that:

1. Richards' restraining order against Sheen is extended through July 13, meaning that Sheen cannot come within 300 feet of his estranged wife and can see his two daughters only via supervised visits.

2. The barrage of infantile bickering between Sheen; Richards; Richards' new beau, rocker Richie Sambora; Sambora's estranged wife, Heather Locklear; and Locklear's new boyfriend, David Spade; can continue unabated (yar!).

3. Dumbfounded Americans everywhere will continue to ponder what the blazes Locklear sees in Spade.

The restraining order was originally granted after Richards filed a seething court declaration accusing Sheen of being a violent, threatening, teen-porn-addicted compulsive gambler who might very well have had a hand in Chris Daughtry's shocking ouster from "American Idol" (yes, we made that last thing up). Flacks for both parties did not comment on the new agreement.

Trust me, betrayal is not just for men anymore

There's something compelling about the chatter surrounding the feud between Heather Locklear and (no longer) BFF Denise Richards.

It's not that they're both hot and embroiled in a Hollywood scandal. (Richards is dating -- or at least publicly kissing -- Locklear's not-quite-ex-husband, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora).

It's that people seem to expect a certain code of conduct from women, as though we're all part of a sort of "Little Women" sorority.

Of the Richards-Locklear situation, New York's Daily News wrote that Richards had violated "one of the sacred rules of the sisterhood."

And Locklear's new boyfriend, comedian David Spade, told US Weekly that Locklear was "nursing her knife wounds in the back." He also explained why Richards' behavior is particularly disgraceful: "Guys you can't trust. But girls usually cover each other. That's what makes that tougher than usual."

Got it? Men are no-goodniks and can't be trusted. Women have higher standards. What he's saying is surprisingly quaint, especially given the context of where this took place: Hollywood. For those not familiar with the details of the spat, here's a quick timeline:

March 2005: Richards files for divorce from Charlie Sheen. The couple later reconcile.
Feb. 2, 2006: With encouragement from Richards, Locklear files for divorce from Sambora.
April 21: Richards files 17-page document in California Supreme Court, accusing Sheen of being addicted to, well, everything (drugs, prostitutes, underage porn, gambling).
April 22: Richards is seen kissin' on Sambora (later shots show her straddling him, etc). The affair allegedly began as early as March.
There it is. Plain, tawdry and not at all shocking. It's standard-issue behavior in an industry in which people change partners as often as they change handbags and haircuts. Remember when Lindsay Lohan started seeing Aaron Carter while he was still dating Hilary Duff? And now Lohan reportedly is wrapped up with producer Brett Ratner, who has a model for a fiance, but, oh well, whatever. And it's hard to keep track of how many men have chosen Paris Hilton as their preferred conduit for cheating. Let's see ... there was Stavros Niarchos, who cheated on Mary-Kate Olsen with Hilton, there was Chad Michael Murray, who at the time was engaged to Sophia Bush, blah, blah, blah.

What's interesting is that we continue to apply antiquated notions of sisterhood and morality (whore/madonna, anyone?) to women's behavior that rarely exist in the real world, let alone in Hollywood. Why should betrayal carry a harsher sting between women? Fellas, if you really believe this, go ahead and make a move on your best buddy's wife or girlfriend and see how well that goes down.

The men in this game seem to be dumb objects, there for the taking -- or stealing. Maybe that's what Spade was getting at, that expectations of men are so low there's no point in assigning any blame to Sambora for his part as the straddlee. He was just stolen.

Perhaps Richards may win the 2006 Husband Theft of the Year Award, because 2005 belongs to Angelina Jolie. Notice, though, that gums weren't a-flappin' about how Jolie betrayed Jennifer Aniston, who was Brad Pitt's inconvenient wife.

Jolie and Aniston were never friends, as Locklear and Richards were. And then there's the humanitarian aspect of Jolie's work. It's hard to hate a lying adulteress when she seems so dedicated to bettering the Third World and is about to give birth to Pitt's baby.

The images of Jolie's chaste play dates with Pitt and her son, Maddox, don't compare to those of Richards and Sambora getting physical. There's no doubt Richards' image has taken a huge hit. Her nasty divorce from Sheen had the public seeing her as a victim -- a sweet hottie who had put her faith into the bag of damaged goods that is Sheen.

Then she went and did the dirty on Locklear by hooking up with Sambora. Worse yet, photos taken of Locklear in the days following the revelation of the Richards/Sambora affair show a shocked, wounded version of the usually bubbly blonde, gazing onto the world through the sad eyes of a wronged woman.

Who could blame her? A friend break-up, especially when piled atop deception and divorce, is a lot to swallow. It's no wonder Locklear reportedly told Richards, "You no longer exist to me. It's like you've died."

But I doubt this situation would be easier if Locklear and Richards were men. Good friends of either sex are hard to find, and a betrayal is an affront to humanity, regardless of who is involved.

Oops, She Did it Again!

Well, the biggest recent story is the ever-escalating drama with Denise Richards. Unfortunately, I don't have time to go into all the details, but basically, she was married to Charlie Sheen. Then she realized that, yeah, he's a drug-addicted, prostitute-loving crazy man. So she filed for divorce. That's still in the works. There is custody drama. Meanwhile, Denise's friend and neighbor, Heather Locklear, recently filed for a divorce from her husband of 11 years, Bon Jovi drummer Richie Sambora. Fast forward less than a month, and, what do you know, Richie and Denise are now dating! I can just imagine Denise talking to Heather: "Oh, I'm so sorry you're getting a divorce! After all those years. Yeah but, um, I guess that means he's available now, right?" Ouch. I can imagine she and Heather aren't really talking anymore. Or at least, not talking like civilized human beings. Ironically, Charlie Sheen might have had one of the funniest quotes I've heard lately about the drama. In a bit with Entertainment Tonight, Sheen joked about Denise and Richie's new public romance, saying, "Those two give love a bad name." (Note the Bon Jovi reference…) Ha! Indeed.

denise richards & her sister...

good morning! how is everyone? oh don't you love it when a celebrity's sibling speaks out? well denise richards younger sister is talking exclusively to STAR magazine this week about the whole messy sorted affair her sister has found herself in...michelle mclaughlin (33) claims denise and richie sambora have always been friends meeting initially through heather locklear but never cheated behind anybodys back...some people guess it could be a rebound but i don't think it is. they're not living together, and he's getting ready to go out on tour with his band. but they are dating and speak every day. you never know... and then she goes on to deny any pregnancy rumors ...she is absolutely not pregnant with richie's baby. i think these pregnancy rumors are funny... yeah ha ha ha...they are so not funny - is she smoking cracked? well i guess 'team denise' has at least one person in her corner besides sambora...from the way this interview goes i would bet denise begged her homely sister to 'speak out' and set her 'story' straight...but i am not falling for any of this! popbytes over & out for now...xxoo!

Posted by riesambo at May 14, 2006 07:58 AM