Actress Denise Richards decided to have her children in such close succession because she wants them to grow together as best friends.

Richards, who recently filed for divorce from her husband Charlie Sheen, gave birth to her second daughter LOLA on 1 June (05) - just 15 months after welcoming SAM into the world.

And the 34-year-old screen beauty insists the quick births were very carefully planned.

She says, "I didn't want to wait five years (before having my second child). Charlie and I both wanted to have them close in age.

"I have first-hand experience of having close siblings, because my sister and I are 18 months apart. So hopefully they'll be best friends when they grow up - like we are."

23/06/2005 02:45