EXCLUSIVE: Heather Locklear, 61, smiles while looking in good spirits following recent sobriety setback – as she rocks a Poison band T-shirt in Calabasas
Heather Locklear looked healthy and hip while out and about in Los Angeles on Wednesday – three months after DailyMail.com revealed she had been acting erratically and drinking alcohol again.
The stunning star, 61, rocked a Poison band t-shirt, black joggers and a Louis Vuitton bag for the day outing in the tony town of Calabasas.
Adding to the casual style, the Melrose Place icon slipped on a set of flip-flops as she went practically makeup-free.
Her signature sandy blonde locks were left long and loose as she looked happy to enjoy some retail therapy.
The TJ Hooker alum has a well-known history of problems with drink – which culminated in her drunkenly crashing her Porsche before she was found guilty of nine offenses and sent to a court order in August 2019.
Healthy again: Heather Locklear looked healthy and very hip while out and about in Los Angeles on Wednesday
Back in black: The stunning star, 61, rocked a Poison band t-shirt, black joggers and a Louis Vuitton bag for the day outing in the tony town of Calabasas
Casual cutie: The Melrose Place icon added to the casual style, slipping on a set of trainers while going practically make-up free
She has made strenuous efforts to kick her tequila habit, but DailyMail.com revealed the mum-of-one is drinking again with a source confiding the situation has left her family ‘very worried’.
In June, exclusive DailyMail.com photos showed a very different side of Locklear with the actress looking disheveled and distressed as she walked her way along a ledge on an office building in Malibu before spending more than an hour sat and talked to herself.
She was eventually picked up by a man who is her fiance Chris Heisser, also 61 – himself no stranger to alcohol problems.
A week later, family sources confirmed to DailyMail.com that Locklear was back on the sauce, with an insider saying: ‘Heather is drinking.’
The family is very worried. Everyone feels helpless. Richie (Sambora), her family, especially her daughter Ava who loves her so much.’
The source also told DailyMail.com that Locklear had been taking the Danish weight-loss wonder drug Ozempic.
“Tequila has always been her drink,” the insider said. ‘She can’t stay away from it. She is also on Ozempic and is obsessed with her weight. She lost 40 pounds.’ The source also said Locklear’s behavior has been difficult for both daughter Ava, 25, and fiancee Heisser – and is particularly ‘unfair’ to the former motocross driver because ‘he also struggles with alcohol.’
“Chris has to drive her on mandatory errands and try to maintain his career while lying to family and friends and consistently hiding her alcohol and drug problems,” the insider told DailyMail.com.
Hair story: Her signature sandy blonde locks were left long and loose as she looked happy to be enjoying some retail therapy
Recovery: DailyMail.com revealed that she was behaving erratically and was back using alcohol in June
“(The couple) told friends she had relapsed months ago and would return to rehab to no avail.”
Once one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses, Locklear began to tumble out of LA’s stardom when she split from her Bon Jovi guitarist second husband Richie Sambora in 2006. She was previously married to wildeman drummer Tommy Lee.
Her downward spiral accelerated over the next decade and included two failed engagements: one with actor Jack Wagner in 2011 and another with account executive Larry Porush in 2013.
In February 2018, she was arrested at her home in Thousand Oaks, California and charged with domestic violence and battery on a police officer.
The following June, she was arrested again and charged with assaulting an EMT who responded to a call at her home after a fight with Heisser that saw her bite him on the nose.
Locklear’s year from hell ended with her being placed on a 5150 hold that November – where patients can be hospitalized for 72 hours if determined to be a danger to themselves or others – after her therapist determined that she experiencing a mental breakdown.
Work through it: In June, DailyMail.com photos showed a different side of Locklear with the actress looking disheveled and distressed in Malibu
Family concerns: Family sources confirmed to DailyMail.com that Locklear is back on the soup, with an insider saying: ‘Heather is drinking’
The following August, she pleaded no contest to eight felony charges: five counts of battery on a peace officer, one count of battery on an emergency medical personnel, and two counts of resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer.
She was ordered to complete a 30-day rehabilitation stay in a mental health facility with a 120-day jail sentence suspended.
The family source told DailyMail.com the lack of punishment was a mistake and allowed her to return to drinking.
“Heather got off so easily without probation or accountability after beating up police and then threatening EMT ambulance drivers,” the source explained.
“The zero accountability allowed her to continue to hide on top of her mountain estate and drink her tequila body into a much bigger unhappier figure.”