Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Denise Richards said her daughter, Eloise, learned to say the word “dad” just in time for Father’s Day.
The mom-of-three shared a sweet slideshow to Instagram that included throwbacks from her childhood alongside her dad, Irv Richards, as well as more recent photos with her husband, Aaron Phypers, who is a stepdad to her daughters, and she revealed the happy news in the caption.
In a series of photos, a young Denise was pictured posing in a First Holy Communion dress and later in a Brownie uniform as she sat on her dad’s lap. A third photo showed the young family at Christmastime. More recent pics showed Denise and Aaron with the actress’s teen daughters, Sami and Lola Sheen, and a final photo of Aaron sitting at a table with Eloise, who turned 9 last month.
In the caption to the post, Denise wished her own dad a Happy Father’s Day and called him a “role model.” She also wished her husband Aaron a Happy Father’s Day and wrote that she couldn’t imagine a better dad for Eloise or stepdad for her two older daughters, whose father is her ex-husband, Charlie Sheen.
However, in the sweetest reveal of the day, Denise also noted that the biggest gift was Eloise learning to say the word “dad” just a few weeks before Father’s Day. Denise has been vocal about her youngest daughter’s serious speech delays due to a chromosomal disorder, so her new word is a very big deal.
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Happy Father’s Day to my dad you are the best dad ever. Thank you for always being there & being an amazing role model. I love you so much. And happy Father’s Day to my beautiful husband I can’t imagine a better father for our Eloise & step father for sami & lola. I love you so much. And the greatest gift Eloise being able to say “dad” for the first time a month ago????????❤️
In the comments section, fans of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star were thrilled by the happy news about Eloise.
“Oh how amazing for you all to hear Eloise say that,” one fan wrote.
“Omg that is so sweet. I bet that just melted his heart,” another added.
“What beautiful photos” a third follower chimed in. “I can’t even imagine the joy you both felt when Eloise said ‘Dad!’ She’s a true blessing to you both… the best joy and Father’s Day gift from Eloise!”
“Aaron seems to be a wonderful dad to Eloise,” a fourth person remarked. “You are blessed indeed.”
Denise, who adopted Eloise in 2011 as a single mom, opened up about her daughter’s developmental delays last year on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion. The Bravo star got emotional as she revealed her daughter has a deletion in chromosome 8.
Denise previously told People that Eloise didn’t start walking until she was 2 years old and that by age 8, she had only said a few words. At the time, the RHOBH newcomer said sometimes Eloise seems to feel like her age in understanding, and other times she’s “emotionally 3 years old.”