Denise Richards ‘Struggles’ to Co-Parent With Ex Charlie Sheen as Source Claims She Tried to Set “Boundaries” For Daughter Sami Before She Moved Out

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Denise Richards Doesn't Want To Be Daughter Sami Sheen's "Friend" As RHOBH Alum Wishes She Could Co-Parent With Ex Charlie Sheen

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Denise Richards is attempting to be a mother and not a “friend” to her 17-year-old daughter, Sami Sheen, as she struggles to co-parent with her ex-husband, Charlie Sheen.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum is reportedly unable to co-parent with Charlie after their daughter Sami moved in with her father amid allegations of an “abusive household.”

“Denise is just like any other divorced parent dealing with a rebellious teenage daughter,” a source close to the family told Us Weekly on September 14. “It’s better for Sami if Denise and Charlie were co-parenting her during this time. They are not. Sami is living with Charlie at his apartment in Malibu.”

The former reality star and the Two and a Half Men actor tied the knot in 2002, but the couple called it quits after Denise filed for divorce in 2006 while pregnant with their youngest daughter, Lola, 16, who still lives under Denise’s roof.

The source added that Lola still spends time with Sami before explaining that Denise has simply set “boundaries” for her girls as they need a mother right now rather than another “friend.”

“Lola does spend time with her sister, but she lives with her mom. Lola goes back and forth between her parents whenever Denise is working, as she is now,” the insider revealed. “Denise wants her daughters to have boundaries, not be out all hours of the night, and she has no desire to be their friend at this time of their life. The time will come later as the girls grow older for Denise to be their friend.”

The source added, “Charlie is the good time dad, and well, rules and curfew aren’t really set in stone. And that is why Sami went to live with her dad.”

This comes after Sami began to make headlines last week following a TikTok video she posted about her mental health, claiming she had been living in an “abusive” home in 2020.

“Now: finally moved out of the hell house, had a spiritual awakening, own two cats, happily single, full of self-love, and dropped out of high school,” she included in the text of her video.

As for Charlie, his rep told Page Six that Sami is doing “amazing” while living with him.

“I love her and all my children unconditionally. We’re having a ball. GED here we come!” he insisted.

Nevertheless, Denise is reportedly “terribly saddened” that her daughter chose to drop out of school and move in with her father simply because she set rules for the teenager.