Growing up in the public eye isn’t easy, especially if your dad is Lionel Richie and your godfather is the King of Pop. From drug busts to weight issues, Nicole Richie has dealt with it all.
Nicole was adopted by Lionel at the age of 3 and grew up in a privileged Los Angeles area. Most of her childhood was kept private, but that all changed once she entered adulthood. By 14, Richie was using fake IDs to sneak into nightclubs.
At the age of 21, Nicole was busted for possession of heroin. Soon after, she starred in the reality show called “The Simple Life,” with co-host and childhood friend Paris Hilton. The Hilton phase lasted a few years and Nicole found herself lost and in rehab.
In 2005, Nicole became engaged to Adam Goldstein, also known as DJ AM. After a 10-month engagement they split up and decided to go their separate ways.
In years to follow, Nicole found herself on the covers of magazines because of her dramatic weight loss and her reconciliation with Hilton. After several years of living the single life, Nicole decided to settle down with Joel Madden. In 2008, they had their first child and soon after married in 2010.
Since then, Nicole has transitioned her life and has become a world-renowned style icon. She’s currently a mentor on NBC’s show “Fashion Star” and even won Entrepreneur of the Year for her brand House of Harlow 1960.
Nicole currently launched #Candidly Nicole, a new web series which focuses on her perspective of style, parenting relationships and her journey through adulthood.
Through the good and bad, Nicole has kept her composure and has become a successful businesswoman and philanthropist. Here’s a look at Nicole through the years.
Nicole Richie attends the Stella McCartney Fall/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear show as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2013 in Paris.
Nicole, Lionel and Brenda Richie during The Omega/Yitzhak Pearlman Award Ceremonies Dinner to Benefit the National Committee Arts Handicapped at Flushing Meadow in 1985.
Nicole has been a fashionable lady since her early days. Nicole and Brenda Richie dressed like twins in October of 1992 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Rocking the short hair and looking for a good time, Nicole Richie poses for a picture with Tommy Hilfiger and Bijou Phillips in May 2000.
In November 2000, Nicole Richie was pictured with good friend Bijou Phillips. After their night out on the town, Nicole was spotted wearing all brown everything.
In Nov. 2001, Nicole is spotted with childhood friend and co-host Paris Hilton. The two were inseperable while filming the show “The Simple Life.”
A young Nicole Richie and a wild Paris Hilton play dress-up and smile for the camera in February 2002. At this time their reality series is in the works.
Nicole Richie during the Michel Comte’s Benefit and Auction for People and Places With No Name – Party at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles, Calif.
Looking fierce, Nicole Richie poses for the camera in June 2002. Wearing a sheer black shirt with a black bra, Richie is looking like a lean, mean, fighting machine.
Not looking too happy or friendly, Nicole Richie was rocking the long, blond locks in January 2003. Are you impressed with this vintage Nicole look?
In April 2003, Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton are photographed together before a social event. Their series “The Simple Life” aired 9 months later.
Sporting her signature “Simple Life” look and Von Dutch cap, Nicole Richie is photographed at the Tracey Ross Store in West Hollywood in July 2003.
In September 2003, a tired Nicole Richie poses for the camera in a colorful, abstract dress with a maroon handbag on deck. Was this a hit or miss?
Nicole Richie looking rugged and grungy at a promotional event in November 2003. The hair, the tote and the flip flops definitely gotta go.
Nicole Richie during the RipCurl Store Grand Opening at the RipCurl Store in Santa Monica in December 2003. Fashion trends and Nicole’s personal style have definitely transformed.
A thin looking Nicole Richie poses for a photo during the ‘Tease’ Opening Night at the Century Club Theatre in Los Angeles in April 2004.
Nicole Richie attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 12th Annual Oscar party, co-hosted by In Style at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on February 29, 2004.
Nicole Richie and her former fiance DJ AM, also known as Adam Goldstein, pose at the EMI Post Grammy Party at the Beverly Hills Hotel on February 13, 2005.
Nicole Richie is looking sweet during the Green Day, Nicole Richie, Yellowcard and Thrice visit to MTV’s show “TRL” on November 10, 2005 at MTV Studios in New York City.
Nicole Richie at the 14th Annual Race to Erase MS Themed “Dance to Erase MS in April 2007. She looked classy with her blond hair and white strapless dress.
Nicole Richie poses for a photo while attending the 18th annual Environmental Media Awards at the Ebell Theatre on November 13, 2008 in Los Angeles.
From wild girl, to amazing mom. Nicole Richie and daughter Harlow Winter Kate Madden are caught strolling around Los Angeles on February 20, 2009.
Happy, healthy and ready to pop. Designer Nicole Richie arrives at the Nicole launch party at A Pea In The Pod on August 6, 2009 in Beverly Hills.
Television personality Nicole Richie arrives at the 3rd Annual Art Of Elysium ‘Heaven’ Gala Event in Beverly Hills on January 16, 2010 in Los Angeles.
Looking ravishing and elegant, Nicole Richie arrives at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood.
Nicole Richie attends the 9th annual Style Awards during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage Lincoln Center on September 5, 2012 in New York City.
Nicole Richie attends the launch of her personal brand Nicole Richie for Impulse at Macy’s Herald Square on September 12, 2012 in New York City.
Style icon Nicole Richie arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 wearing a periwinkle Naeem Khan gown.
Wearing a copper and gold velvet ensemble, Nicole Richie arrives at the QVC Red Carpet Style Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on February 22, 2013.
Husband Joel Madden and Nicole Richie arrive at the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party held at West Hollywood Park on February 24, 2013.