Nicole Richie’s transformation from wild child to modern day style icon, has been a long one. It certainly wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering love and support from her father Lionel Richie.
Lionel Richie has spoken openly about the desperate phone call he received from Nicole Richie when she was at her lowest point.
It was 2003 and the singer’s adopted daughter had become a household name thanks to her starring role alongside Paris Hilton in The Simple Life.
Unfortunately, as with many people who become rich and famous at a young age, Nicole Richie went off the rails and was arrested for drug possession. She went through a stage of self destruction which was leading to a not so happy ending.
Thankfully, she reached out for help, from her father.
“I sound like my father now, but I went to her and I said, ‘When I was growing up I lost three friends, they were the hippest friends I ever knew in life,’” said Lionel Richie.
“‘One was the hippest guy at the clubs, he drank and he died in a car accident. The second friend died of drugs and the third one, suicide’.
“I said, ‘It’s going to happen to your generation. I don’t want you to be in that list of three because after that you’ll be just fine.’
“Well, three months later her friend died of an overdose and I went back to her and very quietly, I was very shocked and I said, ‘I am sorry to hear that, that’s one.’
“And sure enough, one year later the second one died and I said, ‘That’s two’ and I got a phone call and she said ‘Dad I need help, I don’t want to be the third one.’ And I said ‘I am with you’ and I cancelled the tour. I said ‘Me and your mother’, who didn’t get along that well, ‘Me and your mother are checking into rehab with you’.”
So great was the love and support that Nicole received from her family, that she managed to turn her life right around and is now one of Hollywood’s favourite role models, both as a woman and a mother.
Luckily, this story has turned out beautifully, with Nicole Richie seeking the help she so desperately needed.
She’s been married to Joel Madden for 5 years now and together they have two children, Harlow and Sparrow.
We love a happy ending, don’t you?
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