Nicole Richie and daughter Harlow, with boyfriend Joel Madden, are on the February 29th, 2008 cover of People Magazine. They look happy but the road to the cover was a long one for both Richie and Madden.
Richie and Madden’s Troubled Pasts
Nicole Richie, 26, is the adoptive daughter of singer Lionel Richie and his ex-wife Brenda. After Lionel Richie and Brenda divorced when she was young they indulged her in whatever she wanted. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Richie stated, “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.”
Richie has alluded to the fact this overindulgence may have somewhat led to her hardships with drugs at a young age. In an interview with ABC News, Richie said she started smoking pot around age 14 and transitioned to heroin at age 19. In early 2003, she was pulled over and arrested for possession of heroin and landed in rehab. In late 2006, she was pulled over going the wrong direction on a Los Angeles freeway and subsequently arrested for driving under the influence. She was sentenced to four days is jail but served just over 80 minutes.
Joel Madden, 28, is originally from Maryland and has a twin brother named Benji. When Madden was 15 years old his father left the family and the brothers worked odd jobs to help their mother. When he was 16, he started a band, Good Charlotte, with brother Benji and a few friends from school.
Richie is most notably linked with celebrity DJ Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM. She and Goldstein started dating in 2003, were engaged about a year later and had a 2006 wedding planned before the engagement was called off in late 2005. They had an on-again off-again relationship which cooled for good in May 2006.
Madden is most famously linked to young pop starlet Hilary Duff. To the public eye, this was a very odd pairing. Duff is known for her stint as Lizzy Maguire, star of a Disney Channel show and “bubblegum” pop singer, as well as eight years Madden’s junior. Madden and Duff were very supportive of each other’s careers and even lived through a stalker situation together, according to TMZ.com. Madden and Duff shocked fans when they called it quits in November 2006.
Richie and Madden Get Together
In December 2006, Richie and Madden were spotted out together several times and rumors started to swirl that they were dating mere weeks after Duff and Madden had split.
The two were spotted everywhere together and were the topic of conversation all over the magazine racks. After only a few months, tongues started to wag about the possibility of Richie being pregnant and what that would mean for her seemingly hard partying ways.
Baby Makes Three
The months of speculation and pictures in magazines circling her “baby bump” came to a head when the duo confirmed the pregnancy to Diane Sawyer during an interview in July 2006.