David Spade says he and ex-girlfriend Heather Locklear have continuously checked in on one another during difficult times in their lives.
The 53-year-old comedian appeared on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM show, Radio Andy, on Wednesday, when he was asked about Locklear, whom he dated in 2006. Locklear, 56, has made headlines recently due to incidents with police and her reported issues with addiction.
“Yeah, I mean, I love her,” Spade says of the former Melrose Place star. “She was nice to go out with me. I will always be indebted to her because she was so nice, so fun, and no apologies, went out with me, didn’t care, even though I’m sure she took some grief.”
“But I grew up loving her,” he continues, recalling how they started dating. “She was on SNL once hosting when I was a writer. She goes, ‘I remember you,’ and I go, ‘There’s not a chance’ … she remembered me and I was some doofy writer, not getting any sketches on, of course, just, like, mesmerized by her, growing up on her and loving her. Ran into her later, we were friendly, and then we started hanging out. She’s always chirpy and fun and hilarious.”
Spade says he checks in on Locklear now and then, and that the actress also reached out to him when his sister-in-law, Kate Spade, died last month by suicide.
“Heather, I check on her,” Spade says. “What can you do other than just say hello, and check in, and say, ‘If you ever want to say hi and and talk or anything,’ and that’s what people did to me with Kate. And there’s something nice about — people are just there. It’s just sort of a friendly gesture, the way they did it to me.”
Spade later said he didn’t want to come off as judgmental when reaching out.
“No one can do anything with what happened with Kate [Spade], but at least when people just say ‘hey’ that’s some niceness coming in, good vibes, instead of ‘what’s going on?’ which is obviously very tough … you don’t want to be condescending,” he notes. “And [Locklear’s] having a tough situation, whatever, we all do. I have had my down moments, like everybody, so I don’t look at anybody like, ‘Ugh, can you believe?’ I just go ‘Sh**, everyone is like one inch away from having some trouble sometime.'”
Last month, Locklear was rushed to the hospital after a reported overdose call, less than a day after she was arrested for allegedly kicking an officer at her home when police responded to a domestic disturbance call. The Sheriff’s Office told ET at the time that police wanted her to be evaluated due to her level of intoxication. While the EMT was evaluating her, she allegedly kicked him as well.
A source later told ET that Locklear was expected to head back to rehab after her arrest, and that her family was relieved that she would be going back into treatment.
But Spade and Locklear have clearly remained on good terms since their split. ET was on the set of Spade’s show, Rules of Engagement, in 2007, when Locklear guest-starred. The actress jokingly told ET she and Spade were like “kissing cousins.”
“We went together to a concert once, Kid Rock was there,” she also recalled. “He started laughing — ‘You’re like the same height’ — and I said, ‘That’s so not cute.'”
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Heather Locklear is out of rehab.
A source close to the actress tells ET that Locklear is back home and sober, after entering rehab earlier this month following her arrest for one count felony domestic violence and three counts misdemeanor battery on a police officer.
The source also says, however, that the Melrose Place star is back with her boyfriend, Chris Heisser, who was involved in the enounter that led to her February arrest. “Heather came out of rehab and went straight back into the arms of Chris Heisser,” the source shares.
“They are like oil and water, fighting nonstop,” the source continues, adding that her family wants to see her and Heisser part ways.
“Her family wants to see her focus on her health and sobriety and once that’s in place, she can then start fresh with a new man,” the source reveals. “Right now, Heather is sober and she is in therapy. She is taking it one day at a time.”
As for Locklear’s daughter, 20-year-old Ava Sambora, the source says their relationship is a work in progress. “Ava is hurt and angry that her mother is taking steps backwards” by going back to Heisser, the source claims. “Ava is coping as she always does because she has no choice … Ava deals with a lot of anxiety.”
Locklear was arrested on Feb. 25 after a domestic violence call was reported at a residence. In an initial investigation, police allege that she had battered Heisser at the residence prior to their arrival. During the arrest, police say Locklear allegedly became combative and uncooperative, and allegedly battered three deputies.
A few hours after Locklear’s arrest, Heisser was arrested on a driving under the influence charge in Thousand Oaks, California. He was cited and released shortly after.
A source told ET earlier this month that Locklear believed “this whole situation is just one big mistake.” “[She’s] blaming her brother for making the call to the police,” the source claimed. “She also thinks her boyfriend [Chris Heisser] has blown everything out of proportion.”
ET has reached out to Heisser, as well as representatives for Locklear, including her attorney, for comment.
Reporting by Adriane Schwartz.