Last night, Nicole Richie shot an interview with David Letterman (set to air on Friday) in which she confirmed that she is engaged to rocker baby daddy, Joel Madden. She showed up to the Ed Sullivan Theater looking svelte in all black, trying not to tip over from the massive rock weighing down her left hand, and later joined Joel for a romantic post-Valentine’s Day dinner. Not bad for a former heroin junkie for was once best known for having sex with ugly actors in club bathrooms. Not bad at all.
It’s especially enjoyable to admire Nicole’s success (jewelry line, clothing line, kids, general acceptance amongst the popular people in LA and NYC) when compared to that of her former friend, Paris Hilton. While Nic was smiling sweetly for the cameras, Paris was busy promoting a Brazilian beer company by getting completely sh*tfaced in front of partying onlookers. The heiress stumbled around a Rio De Janeiro club, grinded on a podium, and humped the stage floor on her hands and knees, decked out in a see-through dress that showed off her thong.
Pics of the ex-pals, and their very different lives, below.
Though noticably short on rock stars (Rob Thomas may pass for Steve Perry, but Joel Madden does not pass for Bruce Springsteen), Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie assembled an impressive array of talent for their 25th anniversary re-recording of “We Are The World” Monday night. Among those appearing on the single to benefit Haitian relief efforts are Akon, Will.I.Am, Beach Boys Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, Tony Bennett, Justin Bieber, Toni Braxton, Miley Cyrus, Celine Dion, Jamie Foxx, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Groban, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Keri Hilson, Jennifer Hudson, Enriquie Iglesias, Wyclef Jean, the Jonas Brothers, Kid Cudi, Gladys Knight, LL Cool J, Katharine McPhee, Jason Mraz, Pink, Carlos Santana, Nicole Scherzinger, Snoop Dogg, Jordin Sparks, Barbra Streisand, Usher and Kanye West, who was undoubtedly on his best behavior after that Hope For Haiti snub.
While Lil Wayne has revealed he covered Bob Dylan’s vocal, the full singing order has yet to be revealed (we’re pretty sure Vince Vaughn redid Dan Ackroyd‘s part, though). Check out photos from the recording, which was shot in 3-D for release later this month, in the gallery below.
Though it was a couple years—and two kids—ago that Nicole Richie‘s dramatic weight loss inspired rumors of an eating disorder, the Simple Life star still resents the gossip. “I felt it was a little unfair to say someone has an eating disorder when they don’t. It’s extremely insulting and irresponsible,” she told UK’s Marie Claire. An eating disorder is serious and it’s a disease…I’m, like, five foot one – I’m a small person. When I was heavier, everyone said I was too heavy. You can’t win in the public eye and I find it really hard. So I ignore it now, I really do.”
“The only time it bothered me was when I was in a store trying on shoes and these girls came up to me, they were probably like 13 or 14, and their mother came over, and she said, ‘Are you taking care of yourself, because my girls think that you’re not.’ That was upsetting.” While we can understand the frustration, there are worse things than teenage girls being concerned for your health. That’s the kind of peer pressure more kids could use!
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Although her parents Nicole Richie and Joel Madden seem too reasonable to gift her with a $30,000 toy car, a special girl like Harlow Winter Kate Madden will have plenty of surprises from mom on her birthday. “Up super early sneaking around the house in the dark setting up surprises for when my birthday girl wakes up,” Nicole tweeted this morning at 6 a.m. Harlow’s daddy Joel Madden also used Twitter to show his love for his birthday girl. “Happy Birthday to the most beautiful little girl in the world,” he said. “Harlow makes me proud every. single. Day. i’m blessed.”
The little lady, who turns two today, already has a slew of celebrity pals who sent their good wishes, such as Khloe Kardashian. “Happy Birthday Harlow!!!” Khloe tweeted early this morning. It looks like Harlow’s third year on the planet is off to a great start. Happy Birthday! [Source: Us Weekly; Photo: Getty Images]
After two babies together, Joel Madden and Nicole Richie still make time for a date. The stylish duo attended the LA Lakers game at the Staples Center on Tuesday night. The couple relaxed and laughed while taking in the Laker victory over the Golden State Warriors 124 – 118. Even though they have their hands full with Harlow and Sparrow, this couple still likes to party! They will host a New Year’s Eve bash Thursday night at Lavo in Las Vegas where Nicole will lead the countdown and Joel will DJ. [Photo: Getty Images]
Nicole Richie, why must your children be so adorable? WHY? They make our ovaries so jealous. We’re even more envious today after seeing the casual, fun family portraits Nicole posted to her website featuring the whole clan – Joel Madden, Nicole, Harlow and baby Sparrow.
We’re so in love with Harlow we can’t get over it, but what’s eerie is how Joel manages to stay extremely still and doesn’t look different in any of the shots. Spooky! If that’s just another fun afternoon in the Richie-Madden home then make some sandwiches, Nicole, ’cause we’re coming over to hang out later. [Photo: NicoleRichie.com]
Nicole Richie has landed a television deal at ABC, further solidifying her reputation as the little ex-heroin addict that could. Paris Hilton‘s former sidekick is set to try her hand at prime time television, and is currently developing a single-camera sitcom (shot like “The Office” or “30 Rock”) in which she’ll star as “a professional woman with complicated family relationships and struggling to figure out what role she’ll take as her life and her family evolve.”
Nicole came up with the idea for the show, so she’ll nab a producer credit as well as the starring role. Not bad for a girl who was once best known for her terrible hair extensions. Surely ol’ Paris is jealous of her pal’s success – two kids, a sweet maybe-husband, a jewelry line, a clothing line, a couple of books, a new TV show and an A-List reputation? That’s gotta hurt! [Photo: GettyImages]
Baby fever! There must be something in the water at Victoria’s Secret because three of their top models (Adriana Lima, Gisele Bundchen and Karolina Kurkova) are currently pregnant and their poster girl, Heidi Klum just had her fourth child in October. But models aren’t the only celebs with buns in the oven – celebrities Kourtney Kardashian and Kendra Wilkinson are both expecting their first wee ones later this year.
From Jennifer Hudson to Nicole Richie to Halle Berry, stars are constantly popping out adorable tots. Check out 70 serious celebrity baby bumps from recent history. If you hunt you’ll find baby-bellied Madonna, Angelina Jolie‘s massive There’s-Twins-In-Here!-belly and Demi Moore seven months pregnant and baring it all!
We love Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, so much so that we’ve even tweeted at Nicole when she offers to answer questions from nosy fans. Our love is pure and true. But we couldn’t resist poking fun at the happy couple, who recently hosted a ribbon cutting of a new playground that they sponsored through their foundation (seriously, these two are charitable angels).
In addition to reminding us of one of the creepiest paintings ever, the cutting-edge couple has morphed into some sort of suburban parental nightmare. Joel has completely toned down his tattooed-rocker look, and Nicole somehow forgot that she was the queen of boho chic, and instead dressed for a day of outlet shopping and dinner at Olive Garden. Maybe when you gain kids, you lose your edge? But while we mock their G-rated look, we love their do-good attitude and practically perfect life. Maybe this is why Lindsay Lohan is so jealous of Nicole? [Photo: GettyImages/Iconic painting: “American Gothic” by Grant Wood]
It’s no secret that Lindsay Lohan is a very jealous girlfriend, but one person that really gets her fired up over on-again/off-again girlfriend Samantha Ronson is Nicole Richie. Samantha and Nicole, along with Nicole’s boyfriend Joel Madden, went out for a night on the town Friday night, partying it up at Hollywood hotspot Playhouse. “When Lindsay found out that Sam was out with Nicole, she was not happy!”a source reveals.
Why is Lilo so jealous of the mother of Harlow and Sparrow? “Nicole has made it very clear to Lindsay and to their mutual friends that she wants a better life for her. Nicole hopes Lindsay will get it together and change her behavior, but until she makes a change, Nicole avoids her. Lindsay takes her hanging out with Nicole personally and as an attack on their on/off relationship.” [Photo: Getty Images]