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Nicole Richie is the adopted daughter of Lionel Richie and the star of the 2003-2007 TV show The Simple Life.
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The following year, Richie added to clothing to her business empire. She launched Winter Kate in spring 2010 and it has blossomed into a popular high-end fashion line.
Quickly becoming an influential force in the fashion world, Richie shared her design insights on the reality competition Fashion Star in 2012. She, along with Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos, act as mentors to a group of aspiring designers.
Often accused of being too thin, Richie became a style icon, with endless coverage of her shrinking frame and on-and-off relationships. In February of 2005, Richie and boyfriend Adam Goldstein, better known as club disc-jockey DJ AM, became engaged. They split ten months later.
Richie was arrested on December 11th, 2006, after she drove her black Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle the wrong way on a freeway in Burbank, California. She reportedly told authorities she had smoked marijuana and taken the prescription painkiller Vicodin. Richie pleaded guilty in July to a misdemeanor charge, avoiding a potential year in jail because it was only a second DUI conviction.
Richie began dating guitarist Joel Madden of the band Good Charlotte in 2006. On July 31, 2007, Richie announced that she and Madden would be having their first child together. She gave birth to daughter Harlow Winter Kate Madden on Jan. 11, 2008, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The couple welcomed their second child, son Sparrow James Midnight Madden, on September 9, 2009. Around this time, Richie became engaged to Madden. The pair tied the knot on December 11, 2010, at the estate of Richie's father. Guests included Gwen Stefani and Benji Madden. Once a Hollywood wild child, Richie seems to have settled down and embraced her roles as wife, mother and entrepreneur.
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