Heather Locklear Gave 'Blessing' To Reunited Lovebirds Richie Sambora & Denise Richards (EXCLUSIVE)

Heather Locklear and Denise Richards Make UP

Denise Richards sought and received Heather Locklear's “blessing” before renewing her relationship with Bon Jovi rocker Richie Sambora, a source close to the former Melrose Place star tells Celebuzz.

Richards, 41, and Sambora, 52, are on a Spring Break vacation together in Hawaii, along with Richie's daughter by Locklear, 14-year-old Ava. Richards’ two daughters with actor Charlie Sheen -- Sam, 7, and Lola, 6, and Richards's 9-month-old daughter Eloise — are also joining the trip.

Locklear — who was hospitalized in January after taking a mix of prescription drugs and alcohol — notoriously stopped speaking to Richards in 2006 after finding out that she’d started dating Sambora, who at the time, was the actress’ neighbor and close friend.

“A few months ago, Denise told Richie that she needed Heather’s blessing if they were to resume their romance,” a source close to 50-year-old Locklear tells Celebuzz.

“Richie had a long discussion with Heather. It was amicable. Heather is happy for them both.

“Heather knew that for her daughter’s well-being and her own, she had to give Denise and Richie her seal of approval. She’s very comfortable with how things are progressing -- for both their families.”

Despite seemingly healing their wound, the source tells Celebuzz that Locklear and Richards have not spoken. “Richie is the acting as go between,” the insider says.

For her part, mom-of-three Richards long insisted her relationship with Sambora was nothing but platonic until after Locklear filed for divorce.

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