Denise Richards Defends Decision to Join OnlyFans After Daughter Sami Sheen Got "Backlash"

After Denise Richards joined OnlyFans to support her daughter Sami Sheen, the Real Housewives alum said she learned about the benefits of the subscription-based platform.

By Tamantha Gunn Jul 07, 2022 12:55 PMTags

Denise Richards has no limits when it comes to supporting her daughter Sami Sheen.

On July 6, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum shared why she joined OnlyFans—a subscription service platform—days after Sami, 18, had created an account. 

"My daughter got a lot of backlash for opening the account," she explained in an interview with KTLA. "I had heard of OnlyFans but I wasn't educated on what OnlyFans was and once I started to learn about it, I really think that the creators of the site really took the best of every platform of social media and put it into one site. You own your content. The other sites, they can sell your content."

Denise added, "We all post pictures with ourselves with bathing suits on Instagram and some of the other sites that there's no difference other than you actually own the content."

The 51-year-old model announced that she was joining OnlyFans on June 23, telling her followers to click the link in her bio to see more content.

Denise Richards Family Album

The link brought her more than 1.4 million Instagram followers directly to her OnlyFans account, which only allowed subscribers to view her content for either $25 a month or $67.50 for three months.

Though Denise didn't receive much backlash for joining the platform, her daughter Sami faced criticism from her father Charlie Sheen, who said in a statement to E! News June 13, "I do not condone this, but since I'm unable to prevent it, I've urged her to keep it classy, creative and not sacrifice her integrity. She is 18 years old now and living with her mother. This did not occur under my roof."


In response, Denise told E! News that joining OnlyFans was Sami's choice and was out of her hands. "This decision wasn't based on whose house she lives in," the actress said. "All I can do as a parent is guide her and trust her judgment, but she makes her own choices."

The Two and a Half Men star later had a change of heart about his daughter's new venture and told E! News on June 19, "Now more than ever, it's essential that Sami have a united parental front to rely upon, as she embarks on this new adventure. From this moment forward, she'll have it abundantly."