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Rumors link Denise Richards, Nikki Sixx

Actress Denise Richards speaks onstage during Spike TV's

Actress Denise Richards speaks onstage during Spike TV's "2010 Video Game Awards" at the LA Convention Center. (Dec. 11, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty

Actress Denise Richards, ex-wife of Charlie Sheen and former girlfriend of Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora, may be dating rocker Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe. The two were spotted having breakfast together the morning after Sixx's Dec. 11 birthday, following his Twitter post about "a midnight rendezvous planned with a beautiful maiden."

"Nikki was telling stories and Denise was laughing" at the Marmalade Cafe in Calabasas, Calif., a source told Us magazine Wednesday, while a separate source said the two "have been neighbors for years" and have been quietly dating. "They have a lot in common and are taking things slowly."

Another source told the AOL celebrity-news site PopEater.com that Richards, 39, and Sixx, 52, are "getting to know each other slowly, so technically she did go on dates with him."

Richards and Sheen have two daughters, Sam, 6, and Lola, 5. Sixx has four children from his marriages, to Playboy Playmate Brandi Brandt and "Baywatch" actress Donna D'Errico. He's also dated tattoo artist and reality-TV star Kat von D.

Sixx, who declared himself sober in 2004, has spoken candidly about his past drug addiction, including in a 2006 co-written autobiography, "The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star," which detailed a heroin overdose and his being declared dead for two minutes.

PopEater said Richards is well aware of all that. "Yes, he is a recovering addict," its source said, "but he's also a great dad and has no history of violence."

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