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OTRC: Denise Richards talks Charlie Sheen: He 'is not the person I met and fell in love with' (Video)

Denise Richards appears in a photo from her guest spot on 'The Today Show' on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. (NBC)

Denise Richards stopped by "The Today Show" on Tuesday to chat with Matt Lauer about her new memoir, Charlie Sheen and how she's talked to her daughters about addiction.

Richards, 40, was promoting the release of her new memoir "The Real Girl Next Door," which will be on sale Wednesday. In the interview seen below, the actress said of her ex-husband, "The man I fell in love with is very compassionate, humble, has a wonderful heart and the behavior that a lot of us saw in the last six months is not the person I met and fell in love with."

"He's the father of our daughters and I still care very much for him and want him well," Richards added. "But he's also a survivor, and if anyone can pull themselves together, it's Charlie."

In the book, Richards discusses her life with Sheen and what it was like to be tabloid fodder because of her relationship with Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora between 2006 and 2007.

The actress is known for movies such as "Starship Troopers," "The World Is Not Enough" and "Wild Things." She also stars in the Spike TV series "Blue Mountain State." She and Sheen played an on-again, off-again couple in the 2001 romantic comedy film "Good Advice" and were married between 2002 and 2006.

Richards, who recently adopted a baby girl named Eloise Joni in June, also explained during her interview on "The Today Show" that she has talked to her daughters with Sheen, Lola, 6, and Sam, 7, about the media attention the actor was getting for his drug problems.

"I did have to have a conversation with them about addiction and got a book to read to them because I was just lying to them so much and covering up and telling lies, and it was just getting too confusing," she said.

As far as the new addition to the family, Richards said her daughters are "so excited." She added "They love feeding her and changing her."

Check out the interview with Denise Richards on "The Today Show" below.

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