Denise Richards thinks her divorce from Charlie Sheen changed her career trajectory.
The 49-year-old actress was married Charlie from 2002 to 2006, and she found it tough to understand how the divorce drama changed her career trajectory.
Denise met Charlie while shooting the movie Good Advice in 2000. Their relationship started after she guest-starred on Charlie's sitcom Spin City in 2001. They married in June 2002 but by March 2005, it was over, with Denise filing for divorce while Charlie was struggling with his drug and alcohol addictions. The divorce was finalised in 2006.
Denise told People: "It was a hard thing to navigate and I've made a lot of mistakes. I obviously went through a very public divorce. It was hard for me to comprehend that my public divorce affected my work. I didn't understand it at that time because I thought, 'How come? That's my private life. It shouldn't affect my work.' But it did."
After their split, Denise remembers "that time as one of the hardest of my life."
"That was a hard thing for me to go through and deal with," she reflected. "I just wanted to keep doing what I loved to do and keep plugging away."
Denise shot to stardom after roles in movies such as Starship Troopers and as Bond girl Christmas Jones in The World Is Not Enough.
However, she now admits that she had "no real handbook" for coping with the pressures of fame.
She said: "It's not something you can really prepare someone for.
"When I would do interviews I was very private, which I'm sure people now would find hard to believe because I've done reality shows and I'm on Instagram and stuff.
"When I started out, they wanted to imagine the actor in that role. And we would do our best to keep it and keep our private life private. It was a hard thing to navigate and I've made a lot of mistakes."
Denise — who shares daughters Sam, 16, and Lola, 15 with Charlie and adopted daughter Eloise, nine, with husband Aaron Phypers — is also grateful that she has the ability to "dispel rumours" about her life on social media.
The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star said: "It's hard being misunderstood and having stuff that is not true out there.
"My older daughters, they're teenagers now and I can't keep stuff away from them at all. They will hear everything. I miss the time when I was able to shelter them from the negative publicity around our family quite frankly."— BANG