Denise Richards: I ‘f--ked up a lot’ during Charlie Sheen marriage

Denise Richards found her happily ever after with Aaron Phypers, but the fallout from her four-year marriage to Charlie Sheen is still on her mind.

“It’s surreal when you start to see your kids become adults. It makes me cry,” a tearful Richards, 48, admitted on the Tuesday, April 23, episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. “I just feel like I f–ked up a lot with their dad. I don’t want them to look back at their childhood and remember [arguments].”

The Wild Things star and Sheen, 53, were married from June 2002 to November 2006. After a contentious divorce and custody battle, the former couple put aside their differences to coparent their daughters, Sam, 15, and Lola, 13. (Richards also has a 7-year-old daughter named Eloise, while Sheen shares daughter Cassandra, 34, and twins Bob and Max, 10, with exes Paula Profit and Brooke Mueller, respectively.)

“My girls have been through a lot,” the Bravo personality said. “How I chose to relate to the dysfunction that was going on with their father was to hide it from the kids. I don’t know if I did a disservice or not. … It just made me realize how fast it goes. Life is so short and their childhood is so short.”

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BRAVO EVENTS -- 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' and 'Mexican Dynasties' Premiere Party -- Pictured: (l-r) Denise Richards, Aaron Phypers -- (Photo by: Jesse Grant/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Denise Richards and Aaron Phypers are seen on February 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Aaron Phyper (L) and Denise Richards arrive for the American Humane's 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Aaron Phypers and Denise Richards attend American Humane's 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on September 29, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images,,)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 12: Aaron Phypers Cameron and Denise Richards attend the Eastwood Ranch Foundation's Wags, Whiskers and Wine Event on May 12, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 12: Aaron Phypers Cameron and Denise Richards attend the Eastwood Ranch Foundation's Wags, Whiskers and Wine Event on May 12, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 12: Aaron Phypers Cameron and Denise Richards attend the Eastwood Ranch Foundation's Wags, Whiskers and Wine Event on May 12, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ Getty Images)
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Richards’ new husband, Phypers, comforted her after her confession. “You protected them from a lot. You did the best you could,” he assured her.

Us Weekly exclusively revealed a day before Richards and Phypers’ September 2018 wedding that she extended an invitation to Sheen. However, the Two and a Half Men alum ended up not being able to make it.

“Even if he did bring a prostitute as his date, I wouldn’t care,” she quipped on the March 26 episode of RHOBH. “No matter what’s gone down with Charlie and I, I invite Charlie to anything having to do with the kids and I.”

The former model recently made headlines after she shared a photo on Instagram of a seemingly nude Phypers, 46, in bed after telling viewers that he has a “very big penis.”

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Bravo Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen watch the New York Yankees take on the New York Mets on June 23, 2012 during interleague play at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 14: Two and a Half Men cast member Charlie Sheen and his wife actress Denise Richards arrive for the 'CBS Upfront Previews 2003-2004' May 14, 2003 at Tavern on the Green in New York City. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen look for their seats as the New York Yankees take on the New York Mets on June 23, 2012 during interleague play at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BRENTWOOD, CA - JUNE 15 : (EXCLUSIVE) Actress Denise Richards marries Charlie Sheen in a top secret ceremony at a house June 15 2002 in Brentwood, California. (Photo by Mel Bouzad/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: Actors Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen arrive at the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 16, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, UNITED STATES: Actor Charlie Sheen (L) kisses fiancee actress Denise Richards (R) after he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Musical/Comedy for his role in 'Spin City' at the 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills 20 January, 2002. AFP PHOTO/Scott NELSON (Photo credit should read Scott Nelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards at the premiere of 'Undercover Brother' at the Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles, Ca. Thursday, May 30, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: Actors Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen arrive at the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 16, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen during 'The Big Bounce' - Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at Mann Village Westwood in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage)
Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen during 'The Big Bounce' - Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at Mann Village Westwood in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage)
Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards during CBS at 75 at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards during Giorgio Armani Receives First 'Rodeo Drive Walk Of Style' Award at Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards arrive at the premiere of 'Scary Movie 3.' (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen during 2003-2004 CBS Upfront - After Party at Tavern on the Green in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Charlie Sheen & Denise Richards during 'Undercover Brother' Premiere at Universal Citywalk in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
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