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About Nicole Richie

Basic Information
Birth Name: Nicole Camille Escovedo
Birthday: September 21st, 1981 (Virgo)
Place of Birth: Berkeley, California, U.S.
Height: 5’1″
Eye colour: Brown

Nicole was adopted by Lionel and Brenda Richie when she was really young. She has a step-sister, Sofia Richie (born 1998) and a step-brother, Myles Brockman Richie (born 1994). Nicole’s biological parents are Peter Michael and Karen Escovedo.

Nicole often says “I’m black, I just don’t look it.” This is because she is of Mexican (Spanish, Indigenous), African-American, Louisiana Creole (French, African, and distant English) and other European ethnic descent due to her birth parents.

Nicole married Joel Madden on December 11th, 2010 and together they have two children: Harlow Winter Kate Madden (born January 11th, 2008) and Sparrow James Midnight Madden (born September 9th, 2009).


Early Life
Nicole Richie was born in Berkeley, California on September 21st, 1981. Her biological parents are Peter Michael Escovedo, a drummer who briefly played with Lionel Richie, and Karen Moss, who worked backstage with Lionel and was the executive assistant of Nicole’s aunt, Sheila E. When Nicole was three, her parents agreed to let her move in with Lionel Richie and Brenda Harvey because they could not provide for Nicole financially, and believed Lionel and Brenda could give her a better life. They legally adopted Nicole when she was nine.

The publicised split of Lionel and Brenda took its toll and they indulged Nicole’s every whim as a result.” 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.” Lionel eventually got remarried to woman named Diane Alexander in 1995 and they had two children (Miles Brockman and Sofia), however they divorced in 2004.

In 1986, Nicole started Kindergarten at the highly exclusive Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California. In 1999, Nicole graduated from Montclair College Preparatory School and went to Colin McEwen High School. After this she attended the University of Arizona (alongside Kourtney Kardashian) where she studied Arts and Media for two years before dropping out to return to California.

Personal Life
Due to Nicole growing up in a rich family in Hollywood, having the stress of her parents’ divorce and the freedom she was allowed, she got involved in partying heavily with her then best friend Paris Hilton and also took drugs such as heroin.

Nicole dated DJ Adam Goldstein from 2003 to 2005, but they broke up after a nine-month engagement. She also dated childhood friend Brody Jenner briefly.

In December 2006, Nicole began dating Joel Madden of Good Charlotte and they had two children together. (Harlow Winter Kate and Sparrow James Midnight). Their engagement was confirmed in February 2010 and they married on December 11th 2010. The first photos of Harlow were sold to People Magazine in February 2008, who paid $1 million.

Nicole displayed a much thinner appearance after the first two seasons of The Simple Life, and it as all over tabloids that she had an eating disorder. However, this was not the case and Nicole has denied the rumours since they came about. Nicole has being thin her entire life, but also dropped further weight due to stress. She said “I stared seeing a nutritionist and a doctor. I was scared that it could be something more serious.” It was also reported that she sought the help of a psychiatrist and a personal trainer. On October 27th, 2006, it was announced that Nicole was seeking treatment to help her put on weight, but it was not treatment for an eating disorder.

Nicole was diagnosed with hypoglycaemia in March 2007 after she was taken to the hospital for passing out from dehydration.

Television: In 2003, Nicole Richie and her then best friend Paris Hilton starred in the reality series The Simple Life. The series premiere debuted on Fox on December 2nd, 2003, to 13 million viewers, increasing Fox’s Adults 18-49 rating to 79%. The series continued for a second and third season, resulting in Nicole achieving stardom for her out-spoken, comedic persona.

Fox cancelled the show after a dispute between Paris and Nicole arose, but they did eventually shoot season fourth where they shot parts separately and it was aired by E! Entertainment. After Paris and Nicole became good friends again, they shot a fifth season. However, more complications presented themselves during the production as both were facing major charges for DUI. The Simple Life finished its run at five seasons, the latter being moderately unsuccessful.

In 2005, Nicole made her acting debut in the comedy drama Kids in America. Nicole has guest starred in television shows including Eve, Six Feet Under, American Dreams, 8 Simple Rules and also played a recurring character (Heather Chandler) on Chuck. In July 2008, plans were announced to turn Nicole’s novel The Truth About Diamonds into a television series. However, this did not happen.

In July 2011, Nicole became one of the three mentors in NBC’s new reality show Fashion Show alongside Jessica Simpson. In 2013, Nicole announced her own reality series, Candidly Nicole, which has aired with AOL as a web series and VH1 as a half-hour sitcom.

Writing: In 2005, Nicole released a semi-autobiographical novel called The Truth About Diamonds, which was released by Bharell Jackson Publishing. It is mostly fictional, but is loosely based on her life. IT tells the story of a girl, adopted by a singer, who makes her way through all the popular nightclubs and parties in Hollywood whilst battling a drug addiction. In early January 2006, the book peaked at number 32 in Hardcover Fiction on The New York Times Best-Seller List.

Nicole’s second novel, Priceless, was released on September 28th, 2010. It tells the story of a girl who loses everything and then learns about what really matters in life.

Fashion: Nicole’s own personal style became very popular among her fans and fashion critics which has led to her status as a fashion icon. She has being the face of Bongo Jeans and Jimmy Choo advertising campaigns. In April 2007, Nicole announced plans to start a jewellery, accessories and sunglass line along with a perfume and style book. The style book never happened, but in October 2008 Nicole’s jewellery line, House of Harlow 1960, debuted. In Spring 2010, the line was extended to include apparel and shoes. In 2009, Nicole joined maternity store A Pea in the Pod to create the new collection of maternity clothes. The line was titled “Nicole” and had pieces that she would wear as an expectant mother. In February 2010, Nicole expanded her fashion business with a women’s apparel line called Winter Kate. The collection was inspired by timeless prints and shapes, beautiful paisley and florals.

In 2010, Nicole won “Entrepreneur of the Year” for her House of Harlow 1960 brand at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. House of Harlow 1960 was also nominated in the category “Celebrity Fashion Line” at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. In July 2011, it was reported that Nicole’s House of Harlow 1960 line has unveiled a 14-piece handbag collection. The House of Harlow 1960 handbag collection will be available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Shopbop.com. In July 2011, it was announced that Nicole would be one of the three mentors in NBC’s new reality show Fashion Star alongside Jessica Simpson. She guided aspiring designers who hope to become the next big brand in fashion. Nicole also launched a collection for Macy’s Impulse line in September 2012, which was sold in 100 Macy’s stores as well as online. Her first fragrance, Nicole, was also launched in September 2012 and her second, No Rules, was launched in 2014.

Music: In 2004, Nicole auditioned for the part of Maureen in the popular Broadway hit, Rent, but did not get the part. In 2008, she was offered the lead role in the musical Chicago as Roxie Hart.

Nicole made her musical debut in February 2005 with a live appearance on ABC’s The View playing the piano. It was widely speculated that Nicole was working on an album, after her song “Dandelion” emerged in 2004 but she denied such rumours. The song is a cover of the song of the same name by LFO (Lyte Funky Ones). In 2006, Nicole appeared in the music video of “I Call It Love” by her father Lionel Richie.

In February 2010, Nicole was featured on the charity single “We Are the World 25 for Haiti”. In September 2013, Richie made a cameo appearance in Christina Aguilera’s music video for the song “Let There Be Love”.

During an episode of her VH1 show “Candidly Nicole” in September 2015, Nicole recorded a song called “VH1 Nation” with other stars on the VH1 network.

Legal Issues
In October 2002, Nicole was arrested following a brawl in a New York City nightclub, but the charges were dropped.

On February 27, 2003, Nicole was arrested in Malibu, California for driving with a revoked licence and possession of heroine. She checked herself into a rehabilitation centre and in August, she was sentenced to three years probation.

On December 11th, 2006, Nicole was arrested again by the California Highway Patrol after she failed a field sobriety test. She was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) on State Route 134 in the Burbank/Glendale, California area. Nicole admitted using marijuana and Vicodin before the indecent. She was sentenced to four days in jail at the Century Regional Detention Centre in Lynwood, California. However, Nicole only served about 82 minutes of this sentence on August 23, 2007 due to overcrowding.

Nicole enrolled in an 18-month anti-drinking driver education program. On June 22nd, her probation was extended one year to March 2011 because she missed her anti-drinking driving class. However, her probation was terminated early on December 29th, 2010 after her lawyer presented details to the judge that she has completed all terms of her probation.

(Biography taken form Wikipedia, reworded and more information added.)