Nicole Richie was born in California and at the age of 3, went to live with singer Lionel Richie and his wife Brenda after her parents, friends of Lionel’s, could no longer financially care for her. She shared: “My parents were friends with Lionel. They trusted that they would be better able to provide for me.” At age nine Lionel and Brenda legally adopted Nicole – just before their marriage fell apart. Nicole shared about her parents’ divorce: “Their way of making me happy was to say yes to everything I wanted, but I don’t think a little girl should have that much freedom,” Nicole’s godfathers are Quincy Jones and the late Michael Jackson.
Nicole shot to fame in 2003 when she signed on for a reality project “The Simple Life” with her best friend since kindergarten, hotel heiress Paris Hilton. After five seasons, the show came to an end. Nicole went on to author 2 novels and appear in other movies and television guest spots. Nicole also launched a jewelry line, “House of Harlow”, and a fashion line, “Winter Kate”.
Nicole began dating Good Charlotte rocker Joel Madden in November 2006. In November of 2007 they established the “The Richie Madden Children’s Foundation” together and both are very active with UNICEF.
The couple welcomed their first child, Harlow Winter Kate Madden on January 11, 2008. “I feel like she’s an extension of me. Everything I do, I think about how it will benefit her or hurt her. She’s never out of my mind. I stop doing things for me anymore. Everything is for her.”
Joel and Nicole welcomed a second child, son Sparrow James Midnight Madden, on September 9, 2009. They tied the knot at Lionel Richie’s home on December 21, 2010.
Marriage: Joel Madden 12/21/10
Children: Harlow Winter Kate Madden 1/11/08 & Sparrow James Midnight Madden 9/9/09