Denise Richards, Richie Sambora Split: Why The On/Off Couple Called It Quits

Denise Richards and Richie Sambora have split again, and this time, after an epic battle in Nashville, it's for good.

"Denise was invited to Nashville to introduce a band at the CMT Awards," a CMT insider tells me. "She decided to take Richie with her and once they knew he was coming, they asked him to give an award to Willie Nelson. But after an epic battle between the two of them, Richie left both Denise and Willie hanging."

The on-and-off couple confirmed that they had reunited in early May, when they walked the red carpet together at the 12th Annual Golden Heart Awards in Los Angeles. Things seemed to be going well for the pair until Richie’s demons began to surface, a source close to the Bon Jovi guitarist tells me.

"Denise is a cool lady who doesn’t care what you do as long as you treat people and yourself with respect," the source says. “She has been through too much with other guys she has dated to go down that path again -- no matter how painful saying goodbye is. This breakup had nothing to do with Denise or her ex, Charlie [Sheen]. This was all because of Richie’s behavior and although she will never speak about it publicly, she hopes he finds happiness.”

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