After Shocks!

05/04/2006 at 12:00 PM EDT

After Shocks!
"She's shown immense grace under very, very difficult circumstances," a friend says of Locklear, leaving a lunch date in L.A. with David Spade and four other friends.
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It had only been a few days since Heather Locklear got the shocking news that her not-quite-ex husband was now dating her friend and neighbor Denise Richards, but she wasn't about to let her emotions get in the way of her 8-year-old daughter Ava's fun.

On April 28, pulling up outside Richie Sambora's house to drop Ava off for a prearranged snowboarding trip with Dad, Locklear handed Ava the bag she'd packed for her, gave her a hug and told her to call her if she needed anything. "She made it very comfortable for her," says a friend. "Is Heather bummed? Yes. But for her well-being and Ava's, she's got to move beyond this."

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She's working on it. Between meeting pals for brunch, hitting the driving range with her father and catching the movie RV with Ava, Locklear, 44, isn't exactly moping at home with a tub of Ben & Jerry's. Still, after a meal at an L.A. Korean restaurant the other day, where she dined with David Spade, she made her feelings very clear to a group of photographers outside. When asked if she was still friends with Richards, Locklear, in pigtails and sporting a girlish grin to match, responded with a sarcastic reply: "Yes – my best friend." As one pal puts it, "She is not happy with what went down."

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