A look at Heather Locklear's 'full steam ahead' year

Taryn Ryder
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment & Lifestyle
Heather Locklear on Aug. 16, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images)

Just days after her first public appearance in nearly a yearHeather Locklear is making headlines again for crashing her car on Thursday evening. The 55-year-old was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries after driving her Porsche into a ditch in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

The Melrose Place alum acknowledged the incident on Instagram, saying she is “home and good.”

The actress has publicly struggled with drug and alcohol issues over the years; however, cops say neither appear to have played a part in the crash. TMZ reports authorities have wrapped up their investigation and Locklear won’t face any criminal consequences. Apparently, phone records will not be pulled to see whether distracted driving was an issue because no other vehicles were involved.

This isn’t the Too Close to Home star’s first vehicular incident. In 2010, Locklear completed a 30-day in-patient rehab program for prescription drugs after she was cited for a misdemeanor hit and run.

Locklear has been in and out of rehab over the years, seeking treatment for anxiety and depression in 2008. In 2012, she was hospitalized for allegedly mixing alcohol and prescription medication, and it was reported she entered rehab again at the end of 2016.

Yet the TV star has come a long way, and started 2017 off right after taking time for herself.

“I am feeling great and am taking steps to enrich and better my life,” she said in a statement in January. “Currently I am working on tying up some loose ends regarding certain issues so I can hit 2017 full steam ahead.”

All evidence points to the fact that she’s doing just that.

First off, her love life appears to be going well. She is dating her former high-school sweetheart, Chris Heisser, and judging by social media, the two are happy and enjoying their time together (she even called him her “favorite person on earth” in an Instagram caption).

The actress is also a proud mom to Ava Sambora, who is a model and student at the University of Southern California. She often shares sweet photos of the 19-year-old on Instagram.

Ava is Locklear’s only child with former husband Richie Sambora, and the friendly exes were photographed vacationing together over the spring break in March. Sambora’s girlfriend, Orianthi Panagaris, was even along for the trip.

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