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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 05/17/2006

Richie Sambora, Available?

By Liz Kelly

(Courtesy People magazine)

I was kind of rooting for the budding romance between Denise Richards and Richie Sambora. If published reports are to be believed, both seem to have been on the losing end in their previous relationships. Richards recently left husband Charlie Sheen for the second time, citing his abuse of Internet porn, gambling and drug use. Sambora basically found out his marriage to Heather Locklear (one of Richards' best friends) was at an end from a reporter.

So when Richards and Sambora were snapped snogging on a California balcony, well, who could really blame them for seeking comfort and refuge in each other's arms? Are you really betraying your best friend if she's already started divorce proceedings? Apparently so, according to Locklear's new love, David Spade.

At this point in the narrative, Richards and Sambora have officially become star-crossed lovers and, therefore, destiny dictates they will live happily ever after, right?

Maybe not.

Sambora had this to say after a recent Bon Jovi show in Düsseldorf, Germany: "Tell my female fans I am single and ready to party."

Classy.

Sorry Denise. If it makes you feel any better, at least you're not dating David Spade.

Update, 2:44 p.m. ET: This is one fast-breaking story. Us Weekly is now reporting that Denise and Richie are still together and that Richards will join Sambora in Ireland when Bon Jovi stops in Dublin for a concert date.

By Liz Kelly  | May 17, 2006; 10:43 AM ET
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Comments

Women should never date their friends' exes...ever! Bad form on Denise's part.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 17, 2006 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I was just thinking the same thing...David Spade????? yuck. BOTTOM FEEDER

Unless I am fooled by her talk show visits, etc... Heather L appears bright, talented, funny, and basically someone a guy could bring home to Mom if Mom was really hip. And someone you would have fun talking with post horizontal tango and even enjoy after glow

Posted by: Marko | May 17, 2006 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Che? We're interested in CELEBRITIES here. Go away.

Posted by: KiKi | May 17, 2006 1:15 PM | Report abuse

First of all, it's bad form to go after a friend's ex.
And the fact that she admits that she told Heather to divorce him speaks volumes.

Second, he didn't just "find out", he cheated on her repeatedly and there are supposedly photos of it on the internet.

And David Spade is not Heather's new love, he really is a friend. He has a ton of pretty actress friends but they never seem to get involved with him. They probably should.

Oh, yeah, and the real reason she should have stayed away from the not completely divorced Sambora is this.

Her name is Eva and she is Richie and Heather's daughter.
She's 8 and she shouldn't have to see her dad behaving like a fool or a horse's behind.

Skeevy Sambora should keep his mouth shut and pretend he's a gentleman.

Posted by: Deena | May 17, 2006 1:50 PM | Report abuse

How can you possibly feel sorry for Richie? Yes, he did hear about his separation from a news reporter but let's not forget that allegedly the reason Locklear left was because Sambora received nude pictures from his personal assistant that seemed to indicate that there was an affair going on. Hard to feel sorry for him.

On the other hand, at the end of the day Locklear was betrayed by her best friend who hooked up with her husband. Yes, they were separated but you diepend on your friends to have your back...not your husband's front! Richards needed to dump Sheen but let's not excuse her tacky, unethical behavior because of her past relationship!

Posted by: Celebrity Junkie | May 17, 2006 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Amen to the last entry. The man has been a rock star for years...what's this "I've never betrayed my marriage and I defy anyone who says otherwise" stuff? Come on already! And if you all believe that Heather is now with David Spade, then you're all on drugs. He's a friend and she needs friends now more than anything. I guess Denise's midwestern upbringing got lost in the Hollywood alleys. Her actions are what gives women a bad name. It's women like her that make other women mistrust their friends. I know people can fall into these things when they are emotionally in need, but your friends' exes should always be off limits. Unless, of course, you don't give a damn about your supposed friendship. And it's obvious that Denise cares much more about getting a little something than she does about her friendships. I'm sure it's not just Heather who sees Denise for what she is. Good luck in that town, sweetie!

Posted by: juststoppingby | May 17, 2006 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Denise is a psycho-babe, at least from the allegations in her divorce papers, so good thing Richie is staying away and Denise gets what she deservers, going after Charlie, the way she has.

Posted by: HAHAHAHAHAHAH | May 18, 2006 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Have any of you read any of the stories? Heather dumped Richie, and is now dating David Spade. Charlie is an abuser and Denise is probably looking for someone who can treat her nicely.

Heather is not innocent in all of this either. And I geuss it's okay for Ava to see Heather with David, but not Richie with Denise? crazy!

Posted by: huh | May 18, 2006 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Another jerk indicator: use of the word "party" as a verb.

Posted by: Max | May 18, 2006 8:42 AM | Report abuse

"Have any of you read any of the stories? Heather dumped Richie, and is now dating David Spade. Charlie is an abuser and Denise is probably looking for someone who can treat her nicely.

Heather is not innocent in all of this either. And I geuss it's okay for Ava to see Heather with David, but not Richie with Denise? crazy!
"

Huh, I'm telling you, he denies it, she denies it. David Spade's real GF denies it, they are NOT together. Just friends. Actually just friends. All the supposed "dates" they have been on had 50 people there including David Spade's real GF.

The only reason I can think of Denise behaving the way she is saying the stuff she has about Charlie, who is not angel, but isn't half of what she is saying is to draw attention away from her and Sambora's BS.

You never, ever go after you're friend's ex, even former friends' ex.

The cheater, which is Sambora is becoming an ex because he has a rip-roaring midlife issue and can't keep it in his pants.

Posted by: Deena | May 18, 2006 8:46 AM | Report abuse

yeah, i usually make out with my friends too.

Posted by: huh | May 18, 2006 10:02 AM | Report abuse

if richie was a everyday bloke off the street no-one would be interested if he humped every blonde he looked at.....heather was a fool to let this man go but she did and denise has got her claws into him but for how long is anyones guess,they are both on the rebound so maybe this relationship is just a flash in the pan.......fingers crossed...........im a massive richie fan and think he is the bees knees as long as this guy is happy who gives....have fun RICHIE with whoever whenever...........RICHIE ROCKS.....

Posted by: vicki | June 12, 2006 5:42 AM | Report abuse

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