Nicole Richie has come a long way since she was a tubby party girl clinging to Paris Hilton‘s coattails (see Nicole’s Fab or Fail Makeover); in fact, we hardly remember those dark heroin-soaked days because we’re too busy gushing over how perfect the new Nicole is. Bohemian chic! Jewelry designer! And of course, coolest celebrity mom ever!
Nic’s on the cover of People magazine this week with the latest addition to her family: new son Sparrow. Dad is the sweet and sensitive one-man tattoo parlor display, Joel Madden, and in typical Hollywood fashion, the whole gang is doing just splendid. “I couldn’t be happier,” says Nicole. “The only thing you want is for your kids to be healthy and happy, and they are. I’m right where I belong.”
We’d have to agree – Nicole is better off in this clique than she was sandwiched between Paris and Lindsay. If only her peers would follow her lead and straighten up their acts (LiLo, we’re looking at you). [Photo: People]