Nicole Camille Richie (born September 21, 1981) is an American socialite, actress, television personality, author, model, and singer. She is known for her role in the reality show The Simple Life and her turbulent personal life. Nicole Richie was born Nicole Camille Escovedo in Berkeley, California. She is reportedly the biological daughter of Mexican/African-American percussionist Peter Escovedo III and a white woman identified only as a backstage assistant on Lionel Richie's 1980 world tour; Escovedo was a member of Richie's band. Reportedly, Nicole's mother was never a factor in her life, and Escovedo raised her alone.
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"The Simple Life"
In 2003, Richie and Paris Hilton starred in Season 1 of the reality series The Simple Life, in which they lived for a month with a family in the rural community of Altus, Arkansas. The series debuted on FOX on December 2, 2003, to high ratings. The premiere episode drew 13 million viewers, increasing FOX's Adults 18-49 rating to 79%.
In Season 2, The Simple Life 2: Road Trip, the girls traveled the South driving a pink pick-up and living in a trailer. The girls had no money, credit cards or cell phones and were required to work various jobs during their trip to earn money. Their jobs included farmworkers, mermaids in an underwater show, hotel maids, sausage makers, crawfishers, working for a baseball team, working in a beauty salon, Deputy Sherrifs, and working on a cattle ranch. The girls also stayed with different families or in trailer parks and on one occasion, a nudist resort.
In Season 3, The Simple Life 3: Interns, the girls traveled the East Coast on a bus, staying at 15 different families' houses. The Simple Life 4: 'Til Death Do Us Part followed the girls as they traveled around California, acting as wife and mother to various families, though both would do tasks separately and not be seen together on screen. The Simple Life 5: The Simple Life Goes To Camp, debuted on E! on May 28, 2007, with Hilton and Richie reconciling on Richie's birthday in the season opener. Season 5 saw a sharp decline in ratings. It was announced on July 30, 2007 that the show would not be renewed for a sixth season.
Nicole Richie on the cover of her book, The Truth About Diamonds In 2005, Richie wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, The novel is loosely based on her life, but is mostly fictional. It chronicles Chloe Parker, the adopted daughter of a singer who makes her way through all of the hottest nightclubs and parties in Hollywood and battles a drug addiction.
It was rumored that a character in the book, Simone Westlake, was based on Paris Hilton.
Richie has had a string of high-profile relationships. She dated DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) from 2004 to 2005, and they broke up after a nine-month engagement. ichie was also briefly linked with Brody Jenner of The Hills. ichie's highest profile relationship thus far has been with Joel Madden, of the band Good Charlotte, an ex-boyfriend of Hilary Duff.
On July 31st, 2007, Richie confirmed that she and boyfriend Joel Madden were expecting a child, due in early January 2008.She gave birth to 6 lbs. 7 oz daughter Harlow Winter Kate Madden on January 11, 2008 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.