Star Jones is dear friends with philanthropist Denise Rich, and shows it by attending her Gabrielle’s Gala benefiting Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research.

The former View host, 46, who has filed for divorce from Al Reynolds, talks about why her female friendships matter most.

“It has been said that ‘a woman without good girlfriends is a sad woman indeed,’” Star tells me. “I couldn’t agree more.  When life hands you ups, downs and sideways, it is your girls who have your back — and often your front.  Denise and I have surrounded each other with love and support in good times and bad.  It’s just what we do.”

Why does this North Carolina native make a great friend?

“Loyalty and trust — the only two things that really matter between friends,” she says. “If you’re my girlfriend, I love who you love — and then I’m there standing with you when you decide you don’t.  You can trust me with your secrets. I’m a vault.”

Supporting Denise’s cause is another way Star shows her loyalty. Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research was formed in loving memory of Denise’s daughter Gabrielle, who succumbed to Leukemia in 1996.

“We can’t cure cancer without the vital research that young researchers are providing by pushing the envelope and stepping outside of the box,” she says. “We here at the foundation believe that the only way we can adequately honor Gabrielle‘s memory is to find a cure. And if you know anything about Denise, you know that she won’t stop until we do.”

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