"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.
05/15/2006 at 10:00 AM EDT
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."
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."