Heather Locklear Went Through ‘Terribly Painful Time’ During Split From Tommy Lee

For decades, Heather Locklear’s two tumultuous marriages have made national headlines.

During the early days of her Hollywood career, the Melrose Place actress found love with Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee. They married in 1986 and divorced in 1993 after a string of cheating rumors and nasty relationship issues. When that marriage crumbled, she wed Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, with whom she had her only child, Ava Elizabeth Sambora. The stars divorced on 1994 and welcomed their daughter in 1997.

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Now, REELZ’s new docuseries, The Price of Fame: Heather Locklear, is looking back at Locklear’s rocky love life.

Heather Locklear Had ‘Painful Time’ During Tommy Lee Split
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“Heather Locklear’s marriage ended with Tommy Lee amid a media frenzy of tabloid headlines,” entertainment journalist Raha Lewis says in the show.

These included affair rumors and drug scandals.

“She has said that was a terribly painful time for her,” radio host Kellie Rasberry says.

One night while out with friends, Locklear, 57, befriended Sambora, 60. They stayed in touch, and soon, dating rumors spread.

In 1994, Locklear found a way to kill all speculation during a call to The Howard Stern Show. When the host asked her if they were dating, she rolled over in bed and passed the phone over to her man.

The Price of Fame: Heather Locklear airs Sunday, July 14th at 9 ET/ PT on REELZ.


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