AKA Nicole Camille Escovedo
Birthplace: Berkeley, CA
Race or Ethnicity: Multiracial 
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Socialite, Novelist
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Simple Life
Nicole Richie was adopted by Lionel Richie when she was nine years old. Her genetic father is 1980s pop musician Pete Escovedo Jr., whose sister is singer Sheila E. Their father, Pete Escovedo Sr., is a noted Latin jazz musician. Richie and Paris Hilton became best friends when both girls were two years old, attending The Buckley School. She sprang to celebrity in 2003, co-starring with socialite in Fox's reality show The Simple Life.
In February 2003, Richie was arrested for possession of heroin, a felony, and driving with a suspended license, a misdemeanor. She posted a $10,000 bail, allowing her to continue appearing in The Simple Life.
Michael Jackson was Richie's godfather, and she publicly came to Jackson's defense against charges of improper sexual behavior with children. As a youngster, Richie says, she often visited Jackson's Neverland Ranch, and slept in Jackson's bedroom. Richie also came to Kobe Bryant's defense during his rape trial, publicly stating, "I want to have sex with him."
In a June 2004 interview, she proclaimed her virginity.
More recently, Richie has lost so much weight she appears emaciated and frightfully thin, but has repeatedly denied having an eating disorder. In October 2006 her publicist announced that Richie "has decided to undergo diagnostic treatment to determine why she's not been putting on weight." Days later Richie reportedly passed out in a Los Angeles nightclub.
 Caucasian, Black Creole and Hispanic extraction.
Father: Peter Michael Escovedo (musician, musical director on The Wayne Brady Show)
Father: Lionel Richie (adoptive father)
Mother: Brenda Harvey-Richie (adoptive mother)
Boyfriend: Tobey Maguire (briefly dated)
Boyfriend: Justin Guarini (singer, dated 2005)
Boyfriend: DJ AM (Los Angeles DJ, together 2005-06)
Boyfriend: Jeff Goldblum (actor, briefly dated 2006)
Boyfriend: Brody Jenner (son of Bruce Jenner, together 2006)
Husband: Joel Madden (musician, together since 2006, m. 11-Dec-2010, one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Harlow Winter Kate Madden (b. 11-Jan-2008)
Son: Sparrow James Midnight Madden (b. 9-Sep-2009)
High School: Montclair Prep, Van Nuys, CA
University: University of Arizona (dropped out)
Environmental Media Association
Obama for America
Drug Possession: Heroin Malibu, CA (Feb-2003)
Driving with a Suspended License Malibu, CA )Feb-2003)
Ordained by the Universal Life Church Minister (2006)
Intervention (Nov-2006), according to press reports
Driving While Intoxicated Burbank, CA (11-Dec-2006)
Inmate: Los Angeles County Jail 2007
Wedding: Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson (2008)
Risk Factors: Smoking, Heroin, Marijuana
The Simple Life
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Kids in America (21-Oct-2005)
Author of books:
The Truth about Diamonds (2005, novel)
Priceless (2010, novel)
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