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On August 7, Nicole Richie and rest of her family went to watch Lionel Richie perform at the Outside Lands music festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. Nicole shared a photo of herself with her husband Joel Madden and another with her two children. Lionel sang many of his hits including Nicole’s song “Ballerina Girl.”

Cheering on Pop-Pop at #OutsideLands!! @lionelrichie #YasHunty

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On Saturday, July 30th, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden were spotted with their children at Duff’s Cakemix in West Hollywood, California. The place allows you to decorate your own cupcake or full-sized cake.

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Joel Madden recently spoke to People about the inspiration for Good Charlotte’s new album “Youth Authority,” particularly its single “Life Can’t Get Much Better.” He stated that his wife Nicole Richie helped him to recover from a broken home and he owes her a lot of credit for being the incredible and supportive person she is. Read more below:

With a new album and beautiful family of four, “Life Can’t Get Much Better” for Joel Madden.

As a matter of fact, the pop-punk veteran and his twin brother Benji, both 37, sing about just that on Youth Authority, their band Good Charlotte’s first album in nearly six years.

“We’re inspired by our own lives,” Madden tells PEOPLE.

Indeed, the LP covers the gamut of the life changes they’ve experienced since taking a hiatus after promoting their 2010 record Cardiology, from relationships highs and lows to familial bliss.

Since then, Joel has gotten married (he and Nicole Richie said “I do” in 2010) and raised a son and a daughter. (Benji also tied the knot, marrying Cameron Diaz in January 2015.)

“There are moments where you feel like life is perfect, and you want to stay in that moment forever, and that’s how we feel: really blessed and lucky,” Madden says, recounting the inspiration for their celebratory new single “Life Can’t Get Much Better.”

Much of Youth Authority’s lyrical content consists of similar sentiments. Another standout, “Stray Dogs,” finds the twins singing: “Don’t leave me stray / I’m just a dog without you.”

The track is about “feeling like you found your place in the world,” Madden says. “I think we reflect on that.”

The vocalist has admitted pain from his and his brother’s childhood plays a factor in that: Their father walked out on their family when they were teens, shortly before they launched the band.

“When you grow up in a broken home, there’s something about finally find love and security in your family,” Madden says, examining his life today. “We’re grateful for our families and the love we have in our lives.”

Madden says starting his own family has changed his life.

“I give my wife a lot of credit. She’s an incredible partner and really supportive,” he says.

And these days, his daughter Harlow, 8, and son Sparrow, 6, finally get to see their dad as the rock star he is.

“My kids are big fans [of my music]. They like to go on tour now that they’re old enough, and they’re definitely very musical,” he adds. “It’s been fun for the family.”

More than anything, Madden is appreciative of the life he has now.

“Coming from nothing and working and building something, we all feel extremely lucky to have the career we have, to have the families we have,” he says.

With this new album and all they’ve accomplished, Madden hopes his and his brother’s story inspires others.

“We landed on our feet. There was a whole bunch of different ways it could have gone wrong, and the thing I’m most proud of is we ended up okay as a band as people,” he says.

“We all feel like, in our own way, we got to have the American Dream – the thing we as kids dreamed of, the thing we left home for. The American Dream is alive and well, and we’re living proof of it.”

Joel Madden’s band Good Charlotte released an incredibly personal and candid music video for their new single “Life Can’t Get Much Better.” The video features Nicole Richie and her and Joel’s children Harlow and Sparrow as well as other family members of the band.

The single is from Good Charlotte’s new album “Youth Authority” which will be released on July 15th.

I’ve added a few screencaptures of some of the best moments to the gallery:

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On June 2nd, Nicole Richie attended a launch party for her new collection with Revolve Clothing. It was held at Revolve Social Club in Los Angeles and Nicole was joined by Revolve co-founder Michael Mente and all of her family and friends; some of which include Lionel Richie, Joel, Benji and Josh Madden, Cameron Diaz, Katherine Power, Masha Gordon, Katherine Power, Kelly Sawyer, Erin Foster and Jessie J.

Be sure to quickly add these on Snapchat to catch some highlights: nicolerichie, hoh1960, revolveclothing

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On May 25th, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden took their children Harlow and Sparrow to the seaside carnival at Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles, California.

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Monica Sisavat over at PopSugar has put together a wonderful article full of quotes from Nicole Richie and Joel Madden about each other; particularly their romance.

Joel on Nicole
On how he met Nicole:When I first would see her around, we were friends, but I don’t think I’m the obvious choice. I’m always like, ‘Just give me a shot. Just give me one date.’ If I can get my foot in the door…
On keeping their careers separate:Things are simplest when we’re not involved in each other’s work.”
On why he doesn’t appear on Nicole’s VH1 show:[There] are people who think we want to be in tabloids, like we’re asking someone to surprise us with a camera. If I was only interested in people seeing me, I’d be on Nicole’s show, and as a family we made a firm decision not to do that. The show is totally Nicole’s thing. The family is our thing, and we protect it.
On Nicole’s personality:Nicole is really laid-back. You can tell her anything and she’s like, ‘Whatever.
On why their relationship works: “We just get each other. We’re both laid-back people. It’s never been a job to be in this relationship.”
On Nicole’s past:She made some mistakes, but look at where we’re from: I’m in a rock and roll band. Nicole is who she is.
On how many times he asked Nicole to marry him:People don’t know this, but I asked her to marry me 10 times before she actually said yes. I was asking every other Tuesday.
On how he asked for her hand in marriage:I hinted around at it and she’s not one to beg anyone for anything, so every time I’d kind of hint she was always so nonchalant like she was cool. She doesn’t want any handouts, so I was always so confused. I was waiting for her to say, ‘When are you going to ask?’ and that’s not the kind of woman she is. She keeps you on your toes for sure.
On when Joel finally proprosed to Nicole:It was a Tuesday. I just woke up one morning and said, ‘You know, we have two kids already,’ and I was just like, ‘What am I doing? I’m a fool. Why haven’t I asked her to marry me?’ and did it that night.

Nicole on Joel
On whether Joel ever comments on her style:No! He just noticed I had bangs. He noticed those a year ago and we’ve been together for seven years. I’m still waiting for everything from the neck down. He just noticed my bangs.”
On whether Joel is romantic:He’s very romantic. Yes, he is. He’s an old-fashioned type of guy.
On the promise they made before getting married:We met and we were partners from day one and from the second we found out we were going to be parents together, we looked at each other and we said, ‘Okay, both of our parents are divorced. We both have had ups and downs with our parents and we don’t really have a strong example of what a healthy family life is, but we’re recognizing that now, so let’s work at it and let’s go through this together as a team.’ It’s been great.
On how she first told Joel she was pregnant with their first child:I picked a really bad time! I couldn’t hold it in. He was flying from Japan to Europe, so right before he gets on a 16-hour flight I was like, ‘I have to tell you something.’
On the first time she met Joel:I was at my girlfriend’s party and he was there hanging out with my girlfriend’s sister and we met very, very briefly. He was very shy, and kept to himself. I couldn’t get a read on him for the life of me.
On what Joel is like:I would say that Joel is a very shy introvert, who loves life, who enjoys life, who loves music, has such a deep passion for music, and anybody who shares that same passion he will go above and beyond for. He is a loyal person, who has the most incredible family values of anybody that I’ve ever met.
On how he met her dad, Lionel Richie:Joel comes from a very well-mannered family. One thing I give so much credit to is his mom because she raised four absolutely amazing kids, who are polite and respectful and use their mannners, and let’s not forget that Joel is from the South and my family is from the South, so he knew exactly what to say with the ‘Yes, Sir” and ‘Yes, Madam.’ Everything he needed to do, he did.
On what keeps her and Joel together:I think part of what gravitates Joel and I together is our appreciation for the same things.