I know, I know: Joel Madden and Nicole Richie, what is this, 2009? First of all, quit being such smart asses, you guys, and second of all, this is an interesting little story, so suck it up while I tell you about the epic tale of the romance between that one guy from Good Charlotte and Paris Hilton’s former BFF.
Here, I’ll give you a brief timeline so you guys have everything in place for this story, all right? Joel and Nicole started dating in 2006, and they had their daughter, Harlow, in 2008. Then, in 2009, Nicole gave birth to their son, Sparrow. It wasn’t until 2010 that the couple finally got married.
Now, I’m obviously not saying that you have to be married in order to have a family or a legitimate relationship, not at all, but when a couple doesn’t follow that pattern, I think it’s natural to wonder. That’s why people always went on and on about Brad and Angelina when they were together several years and had several children with no hint of marriage. It’s not a reprehensible course of action by any means – do what works for you and makes you happy – but there’s usually a reason why.
So what was the reason for Nicole and Joel? Basically, Nicole would never say yes:
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. And again. And again. And again. And again…
Just ask Joel Madden.
The 33-year-old Good Charlotte rocker admitted to Aussie radio show Fifi & Jules on Friday that it took nearly a dozen tries to getFashion Star stunner Nicole Richie, 30, to agree to holy matrimony prior to their weddingin 2010.
“My wife is pretty good at rejecting me … people don’t know this,” he said. “But I asked her to marry me 10 times before she actually said yes — I was asking every other Tuesday.”
The show’s host Jules Lund asked Madden, “What made that tenth one different? How did she break? What did you bring out that was different?”
“I pulled out the kids!” he said of their two daughters, Harlow, 4, and Sparrow, 3. “I said, ‘Do you really wanna do this to these kids?’ I’m just kidding. I’m passive aggressive.”
Man. I’m sure it’s all about knowing the person you’re with, but if I got turned down that many times, or even once, I’d probably be a little devastated. Like, I could see myself having a bit of a meltdown and screaming really embarrassing things like “what do you want from me?!” and “am I not good enough for you?!” and “you don’t think I’m pretty anymore!” Joel Madden here seems really chill about the whole thing though, and their marriage is doing just fine, so I guess it wasn’t that big a deal.
What do you guys think? Would you hang out while your significant other repeatedly turned you down?
April 14, 2012 at 8:30 am by Emily
More photos of Nicole Richie and Joel Madden’s wedding have been released today and from the looks of things, it was a lovely affair. Check out the gallery to see the special message Nicole had woven into the lace on her dress, a better look at the back of her gown, and of course, the elephant.
December 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm by Molls
So the first crappy, low-quality photo of Nicole Richie in her wedding dress with her new husband has hit the ‘nets, and of course, People magazine was the first to run it. (Yay for you, People, but come on. I know you’re hoarding the good stuff over there, so give. it. up.)
I love the dress – which was apparently inspired by Grace Kelly’s wedding gown of yesteryear. It was positively breathtaking, and from what I can see of Nicole’s hair and makeup, she looks amazingly beautiful.
December 15, 2010 at 9:00 am by Sarah
After four years and two children together, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden (not, ha, John Madden, like my early-morning pre-coffee brain told me, though it probably would be a hell of a lot more interesting) have made it official. The wedding and reception both were said to be a Hollywood affair for the books. Reverend Run DMC officiated the wedding, the legendary (ahem) Lionel Richie walked his daughter down the aisle, and guests arrived in droves – Samantha Ronson, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom, just to name a few. Oh, I forgot the elephant. There was an elephant there, too. And no, I’m not repeating myself – I know, I already said Khloe Kardashian, but you misunderstand me – I’m talking about a real elephant this time, not the proverbial one sitting in the corner. Or even the real one that talks about smearing mayonnaise all over its vagina.
As heavily speculated upon over the past few days, Paris Hilton was not in attendance, but not for the reason that you might think, like Nicole just not wanting her ex-BFF there – the elephant hadn’t gotten its skank shots this year, and Nicole, Joel, and the elephant’s handlers didn’t want an outbreak of Dengue fever or radioactive anal herpes something during their nuptials. Shit like that can really be a downer.
As for wedding pics, don’t expect to see the photos for at least another few days, though … Sources claim that Nicole is being super picky about price negotiation and is looking to milk the event for all it was worth – in order to, you know, repay her dad for the wedding, ’cause I’m sure her Harlow clothing line isn’t exactly going to foot whatever this huge bill is going to be. Gotta do something with all that Say You, Say Me and All Night Long money, don’t you?
Check out photos of Nicole through the years in the gallery below!
December 13, 2010 at 8:00 am by Sarah
I happen to adore Elizabeth Banks’ elegant grey dress (above). It should be noted, however, that the opinions expressed in this article and the two previous ones are not necessarily the opinions of Evilbeet.com. Sasha’s take on the gown? “Love Eilzabeth Banks. Haaaate her dress.”
Nicole Richie wore a beaded snuggie that showed off her back tatoos and Jennifer Lopez showed up wrapped in a mattress pad. I wonder if she and Amanda Seyfried had it out backstage; they’re pretty much wearing mirror images of the same roll of two-ply toilet paper.
Sarah Jessica Parker was there, but as usual, I can’t figure out whether she looks gorgeous and glamorous, or like a fashion victim with a hangover.
Also in this group: Tina Fey, Stana Katic, Queen Latifah, Monique, Molly Ringwald, Mariska Hargitay, Jane Seymour, and Super Classy Bitch Helen Mirren.
March 7, 2010 at 8:26 pm by Kelly
Guess what, bitches? Three years and two kids later, Joel Madden and Nicole Richie are finally ready to make it official. Last night at a taping of The Late Show with David Letterman (due to air on Friday), Dave asked his guest Nicole if she and he man had gotten engaged yet. Although we’re pretty used to hearing the whole “we don’t feel the need to get married” bit out those those two, Nicole threw a curve ball and said, “We actually recently are engaged, yes.” I know that these two caught a lot of flack from people over the years because of their unconventional relationship, but I think that it’s beautiful that they’ve managed to end up where they’d hoped to be after two kids. Most would say that doing things that way is a sure to ruin things, but since marriage is all about teamwork and endurance, I’m glad that these two took their time to make 100% sure that they were the right fit.