May 28, 2009

LKL Web Exclusive: How motherhood changed Nicole Richie!

Posted: 12:45 PM ET

This is a LKL Web Exclusive written by Nicole Richie.  Nicole Richie and her father, Lionel Richie, will be our guests tonight!

The Richie-Madden Children's Foundation was a natural extension of our overwhelming need and desire to support our community, the world and participate in life in a meaningful way. As I was about to become a mom, Joel, my family and I decided to create an organization that would bring support to children in need and awareness of the issues they face. It is a wonderful opportunity for Joel and I to create a legacy for our family, to learn more about how we can have a positive impact in the world and to invite others to join us.

Joel and I launched the Foundation in December 2007 at a surprise baby shower for 100 moms-in-need at the Los Angeles Free Clinic. Our eyes were opened when we met moms at the Clinic who have to decide everyday between food, shelter and clothing – not only for themselves but also for their families. Even a clean blanket for their babies is a luxury. Being a new mom, nothing was more important than providing for my child, and I could only imagine the fear and frustration of not being able to do so. We wanted to help. Close to $200,000 in products were donated by sponsors for the event and were shared with these families.

Inspired by the launch event, one of our next projects in 2009 will be to develop a national baby registry called "4EveryBaby" that will enable shoppers to donate new baby products to low-income families.

We've also been working with Beyond Shelter in Los Angeles, which provides housing for formerly homeless families. We wanted to make sure that these children experienced some of the joys of childhood and began the fundraising text message campaign “Text CHILD to 90999” with all proceeds to be used to build a playground at Beyond Shelter. The campaign was the first of its kind to reach more than 3,000 donors from every state in the country. We matched the donations dollar for dollar and are pleased to announce that the playground will break ground this summer.

Our bond with the children from Beyond Shelter is solid and life-changing. We've had a holiday party for them and their families at Paramount Studios and a New Year’s trip to Magic Mountain. Through The Richie-Madden Children's Foundation, we hope to be an ever-growing presence in their lives.

Most recently, Joel and I gathered our friends and Foundation supporters to join us in supporting UNICEF’s TAP project. TAP strives to bring clean drinking water to children in need across the world. We were successful in raising over $100,000 for UNICEF and the RMCF–enough to build 150 wells, providing water for tens of thousands of children.

I've also joined the Environmental Media Association's Young Hollywood Board on behalf of the Foundation and participated in the launch of their Organic Gardens program to bring fresh produce to Los Angeles area schools. This hands-on program teaches children and teens the importance of healthy eating and caring for the environment.

Our goal is to affect the lives of children in need in meaningful and life-changing ways. Together, with our families, we hope to raise awareness and inspire others to get involved. Through The Richie-Madden Children's Foundation, we hope to achieve ever-lasting, positive change.

To support The Richie-Madden Children's Foundation

–Text "CHILD" to "90999" from your mobile phone. Each text is a $5 donation charged to your phone bill. 100% of your donation supports the work of The Richie-Madden Children's Foundation. Remember to reply "YES" to confirm your donation. You can opt-out at anytime from receiving messages from The Richie-Madden Children's Foundation.


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Susan - Canada   May 28th, 2009 2:03 pm ET

I'll never understand why Nicole Richie is considered "famous"....

C Kelly   May 28th, 2009 2:22 pm ET

Way to go Nicole-

Its time hollywood and celebrities get behind real, everyday issues like children's poverty and welfare. I will donate and I am happy to see your foundation exists-we need more foundations for children across North America!

Barbara   May 28th, 2009 2:51 pm ET

I think it is extremely inappropriate to have Miss Richie on your show period – much less spouting off about children's issues. She is a very bad example of how to live a good respectable life. Her problems are not the same as so many unwed mothers who have no hope and very little help and whose children almost always end up repeating the process because that is all they know.

Liz   May 28th, 2009 3:49 pm ET

Who is Nicole's mother?

Lori Barnes   May 28th, 2009 3:56 pm ET

I think the world of Nicole and praise what she is doing for families in need. She is an excellent example of growing up and taking responsibility. She has embraced motherhood like a champ and I wish her and her family the best!!!


Steph   May 28th, 2009 4:03 pm ET

Liz, Nicole was adopted and I dont know if she knows her real parents or not, and Barbara... you need to get a clue. Nicole has changed her life around completely. No drugs, drinking and partying anymore and if she is able to take the money and influences that she has to help people in need then so be it. She may have been raised (not born) with a silver spoon in her mouth and done some dumb things but that does not mean she doesnt deserve respect. What have you done to help anyone else? More power to her.... and the people she is helping.

Tina   May 28th, 2009 4:03 pm ET

Wow, those are some rude comments people have left about nicole richie! whether she herself is famous or a bad example according to some, she is doing great things here, as is her family. she is famous because of her father, whether she chose to be or not. Also, as many of us have, i'm sure, we may have made some bad choices when we were younger, i didn't know we had to answer for those until we die. Even Jesus forgives! sounds like to me she has her head on straight despite it all and is trying to share her good fortune for those not-so-fortunate and the totally innocent. Have you ever had to live without the neccessities or watch your children suffer! Maybe if she was doing this for dogs she would be your hero then! People seem to care more about their animals than another human.

carol kesling   May 28th, 2009 4:18 pm ET

everyone should have a second chance!!!!!!!!!! way to go lionel for not turning your back on your daughter, alot of other have done that !!!!!!!!!!!!! good luck to both your families.........GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle   May 28th, 2009 4:19 pm ET

I think you're extremely inappropriate.
A bad example? What were you reading?? I was reading how she started an extremely important charity..for babies.
Those who throw stones at glass houses...........................

Andrea   May 28th, 2009 4:20 pm ET

Finally Nicole is in the spotlight for something good. I agree with Susan from Canada on never understanding why she is considered famous.

Now if they could take it a step further and encourage women to use contraceptions so we don't have so many hungry babies to feed.

deb   May 28th, 2009 4:34 pm ET

I'm so heartened to see how much motherhood has changed and matured Nicole! Way to go Nicole! I'm really proud of you! You've truly stepped up to the plate. For you negative people out there...get a grip! Try to remember how you were as a young adult! Geez, people can be so intolerant and unforgiving!

Kate   May 28th, 2009 4:51 pm ET

It doesn't matter why Nicole Richie is famous. What matters now is that she is doing something extraordinary with her fame. Perhaps this is "why" she became/is that she might have the opportunity to make a positive impact on someone else's life. Has anyone forgetten her BFF used to Paris Hilton? This is a complete 360 from that lifestyle and I applaude her for it.

I was guilty of thinking she was heartless and shallow. I am now convinced otherwise and I hope that Nichole continues to change the lives of families all over the country who can not sufficiently support their children.

This one article completely changed my opinion of Nicole and I hope she continues to prove me and everyone else wrong.

hemnebob   May 28th, 2009 5:16 pm ET

people can make mistakes and grow and learn from those mistakes.
ms. richie has done just that and the fact that she and her partner have chosen to utilize their celebrity to help those in need of help is not only
compassionate but generous. you sound like a bitter person with alot of issues. maybe you should utilize some of that energy into helping others rather than criticizing someone who it actually doing something about it.

Rose   May 28th, 2009 5:41 pm ET

I applaud anyone who does good for children. Nicole does have a less-than-stellar past. She presented a very shallow lifestyle with her friend Paris Hilton. There was nothing there to applaud however she has chosen to do good for others in need.

Nicole is the illegitimate child of one of Lionel Richie's back up singers and another band member. Richie adopted her when she was 9 years old. As a result, she has enjoyed a very privileged life. If it wasn't for Lionel's intervention in her life, Nicole would not have her current status (obviously). Perhaps this is her way of "paying back" – by helping other mothers in need and their children. Nicole and Joel Madden are definitely doing good work.

kim   May 28th, 2009 5:52 pm ET

If women would stop having a bunch of babies with whoever would slepp with them, there would be less need for government intervention. I went to the local mall over the weekend and THERE SHE WAS. two brads under the age of 3 and preg with another one.

If you can not provide for a kid, money, emotional and spiritley, DONT have them.

Silent Bear   May 28th, 2009 5:59 pm ET

Hey Larry-Your show about falsely accused prisoners was very interesting and heart breaking.It made me think of Americas #1 Political Prisoner, Leonard Peltier. As of Feb. 6th,Leonard has done 33 YEARS of illegal imprisonment. I wonder if there is any DNA evidence of the dirty hands of the FBI to exonerate Leonard? Perhaps you can consider devoting a show to him. He has a parole hearing coming up on July 27th and President Obama can release him via executive pardon at any time. If you'd like to do a show on Leonard you should contact us .Thank you for your time and condideration.Sincerely-Silent Bear LP-DOC

ellen   May 28th, 2009 6:05 pm ET

The best thing Nicole did was to get away from Paris Hilton, who in my opinion was jealous of Nicole and a bad influence on her. Paris was definitely not here friend.

T.A.   May 28th, 2009 6:06 pm ET

It doesn't matter what she's done in her life, or how/why she became a celebrity – all that matters is she is using her good fortune to help others.

hah   May 28th, 2009 8:00 pm ET

you guys are all sad.............

Mom of an Adopted Daughter   May 28th, 2009 8:00 pm ET

Nicole knows exactly who her "real" parents are. They are the ones that raised, loved and nurtured her through her life. She may not know who her BIRTH parents are but she will be just fine without them as she has her REAL parents by her side. I think what she is doing is admirable and I hope she keeps up the charity work!

Sleepless in Colorado   May 28th, 2009 8:01 pm ET

Who in the Wide World of Sports is Nicole Richie? Is she Lionel Richie's long lost cousin? Who cares about this person? Why am I asking all these questions?

Anthony Ching   May 28th, 2009 8:07 pm ET

Stop making babies until you are married!

Patricia   May 28th, 2009 8:07 pm ET

Nicole Richie has changed so much – for the better. Becoming a mother can do that, and I'm so happy that her life has new, deeper meaning than being the party girl she used to be. I wish her the best!

B   May 28th, 2009 8:08 pm ET

I wonder if the people on this post would show the same sympathy to Mike Vick. For some strange reason, I doubt it.

acc   May 28th, 2009 8:09 pm ET

It doesn't matter where you come from or who you come from or what you've done – it matters that you come to realize that you, all of us, has the power to do something good for someone else – because it is the right thing to do. I congratulate Nicole for the direction she has chosen for her life – not to live solely for herself. People like that do make the world a better place.

N   May 28th, 2009 8:10 pm ET

Everyone on here needs to get a life! Arguing over someone as insignificant as Nicole Richie? Aren't there more important things going on in the world than what some "celebrity" is claiming to do for charity just to look good in the public eye???? Please....

Cake   May 28th, 2009 8:11 pm ET

I would really like Larry to have someone important on his show for once. Such boring stuff....James Van Pragh blah, Richie's blah Gay marriage issues blah.
I guess I will have to find something else to watch at 6:00 p.s.t.

jen   May 28th, 2009 8:11 pm ET

Nicole and Paris Hilton are both unimpressive – Donald Trump's kids are better examples of successful 'rich kids.'

sebring fl   May 28th, 2009 8:20 pm ET

"Our eyes were opened when we met moms at the Clinic who have to decide everyday between food, shelter and clothing – not only for themselves but also for their families. Even a clean blanket for their babies is a luxury."

Cry me a freaking river! If you cant support a kid keep your legs closed its really that freaking easy!

Jennifer   May 28th, 2009 8:37 pm ET

You know, if I were to be judged on my behavior as a teen and early twenty something without looking at the good I've done since would be very sad. I lived that same party lifestyle in California as Nichole Ritchie and Paris HIlton, but with perhaps less money. But then I grew up like most do. I've since had three beautiful, and now grown, daughters. I've worked for charities and done good. Adolecence and young adulthood can be troubled times. Thank God most of us outgrow it and become productive members of society. I applaud Nichole for using her celebrity to help the most vulnerable of our society, poor babies and children.

Steven   May 28th, 2009 8:38 pm ET

Oh thats who Nicole Richie is?!

Seriously   May 28th, 2009 8:43 pm ET

And why are we judging her? I ask the ones with their ridiculous posts how they pay it forward? Isn't that the real reason she is on Larry King to begin with. Focus people!

Jean Shields   May 28th, 2009 8:50 pm ET

I read that Nicole is a product of a band member. She is not the biological daughter of Lionel or any women that he had been involved with. Lionel and his current wife at the time adopted Nicole and raised her as their own. Yes, she had some wild times, but who hasn't? Do not condemn her for her past antics as a child. She is now a grown, sober, mature women and deserves kudo and accolades for her efforts in what she is trying to do. All the readers need to reflect back on their lives as a young adult. We have all done things that we are not proud of. I say let the past rest and move on with life.

Steve   May 28th, 2009 8:57 pm ET

Yikes. The level of ignorance in this country really scares me. Mike Vick??? Marriage as the solution to too many babies??? "Contraceptions"??? What the hell is a contraception? Birth control is called a contraceptive, not a contraception, you genius. And as bad as all the single mothers (not all, but a lot of them) are for the stability of the household in which a child is raised, there are damn bunch of scary married couples out there with kids. Solving the problem is far more an intelligence and educational issue as opposed to married or single issue.

Good for Nicole Ritchie. I don't care why she's famous or what mistakes she's made in the past. Those who learn from the past and look towards the future are those that succeed. Those who live in the past and hold onto hatred and jealousy are those who will always be left behind.

Dodie ~ California   May 28th, 2009 9:13 pm ET

The Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation for moms-in-need at the Los Angeles Free Clinic is incredible. People have NO idea how many children and families are homeless and in need of help. Thank you Richie for all your beautiful music and help with the poor. Awesome!!!

Beth   May 28th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

How refreshing, engaging, exciting ... to see a family who has worked through their issues, and love and appreciate each other 🙂

Sylvia Scott   May 28th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

All the comments are interesting considering in the 70's and 80's sex, drugs and alcohol were so prevalent in the music and fashion industry it is a wonder Lionel Ritchie and some of the others are alive today. Nicole like many young women has turned her life around-she's not feeling sorry for herself and it does not make a difference that she may not be a "celebrity" like some think or don't think. What is important is that she took her life and turned it around to help others. That's more than people can say for the really famous like Brittany and Lyndsay Lohan or even some adult women who started out supposedly helping others. Until Hollywood stops glamorizing and supporting women having children without being married-it is not going to change. At least Nicole is taking responsibility. It cost you and I on the average $35,000 per year for a girl or woman to have a baby and then go on welfare. That's right–they get $35,000 for being an unwed mother-ever think about that–so perhaps Nicole will make a difference.

Rita Thomas   May 28th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Question for Lionnel:

Are you signle? If so, are you interested in meeting a single woman from California?

2manyhorses   May 28th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

It's of no consequence who her biological parents are or whether she is married or not.
This young woman is doing a good thing for babies who have had no spokesperson before.
Congratulations to all who will benefit from her involvement and concern.
To the moron who questions whether M. Vick would be shown the same "sympathy"...get clean and read what you actually wrote.

Steve R   May 28th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Nicole shares no blood with Lionel or anyone who was married to lionel. She is the product of two roadies that toured with lionel and he adopted her at a young age She is obviously a white girl who obviously is not related to Mr. richie. He is not her father except via adoption.

Tibisay   May 28th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Gosh! I'm enjoying this show as no other! I had no idea that Lionel Richie and Nicole Richie were father and daughter!

As for the moment, this is the most tender show I have ever seen in Larry King. Too bad that there are envious and with a reeeeeally low self esteem people out there that can't simply accept the fact that there are famous people that is just simply famous because they are... That's it!

Accept it, and you'd be happier. She's just that: FAMOUS. Too bad for some people not to simply accept it. Is great to have a dad so proud and to see her pride in her eyes at the same time is simply GREAT!!!! 😀

Mike   May 28th, 2009 9:33 pm ET


You should be so very proud of Nicole, which I know that you are. She is sweet as can be, and gets cuter with every year that passes !! We love both of you ! Keep Rock'in !

John   May 28th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

How many kids does he Lionel Richie have?
Why didn't Lionel Richie adopt a white girl instead of a black girl

kate   May 28th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Nicole is adopted, and the Ritchie's knew the parents.

Dodie ~ California   May 28th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Lionel’s music is phenomenal. I remember when Lionel was with the The Commodores. Talk about a walk down memory lane. He won the Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year. Lionel is one of the most talented music artists, that I have ever seen.

John   May 28th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Why did Lionel Richie adopt a white girl instead of a black kid?
How many not counting adopted kids does Lionel have?

Steve R   May 28th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

The Vick comparison is valid. He grew up in violent home where dogfighting was revered. Ms. Richie grew up in a privileged and liberal home where drug abuse and promiscuity were revered. Why does she get another chance and vick is scorned; he wasn't a druggy and yeah he killed some dogs, but how many teens did floozy coke girl affect negatively. He never almost ran over 2 people in the road like Nicci, but he's vilified. Seems Strange

B   May 28th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

It is easy to excuse Nicole Richie's drug and alcohol abuse as being because she was young. But when a young man like mike vick makes a bad decision then he gets death threats and hate mail. I wounder why?

Dodie ~ California   May 28th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

My name is Nicole Richie.My orginal name was Nicole Camille Escovedo. When I was nine years old I was adopted by famous African American Singer Lionel Richie.I was born in Berkely,California.My Biological mother was a former backstage assitant for Lionel. And my Biological father was a former drummer who worked with my adoptive parent Lionel Richie.

From her page on myspace!

I am now even more impressed with Lionel as he was kind enough to adopt a child!

Elsyl Woefatte   May 28th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Dear Lionel, you were wrong when you said your following was 21-to
35 age group. My exwife and our friends are late 50's to mid 60's and
we absolutly love you and have followed you for all your career.
We love your new album. Keep up the good work and we love Nikkie
too. Elsyl... Detroit MI.

Theresa Felske   May 28th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Question for Lionel: Did you get the birthday gift,(Autographed Commodores t-shirt & Alabama 60t-shirt yesterday?) Love, Theresa

Maureen   May 28th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

This is a great story. I am so happy to hear of a wonderful charity that people can donate to. Great job, Nicole, Joel and Lionel. This is all that matters.

RJ   May 28th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I wander if Nicole will raise her child the same way she`s acted over the past 5 years?

RJ   May 28th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

hey B theres a big difference between killing dogs and getting high, quit feeling sorry for a common thug who blew his million dollar chance!

pediatrician tired   May 28th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Can you make sure that the parents you support don't have their nails done, gucci/coach purses, cigarettes, WIC..etc before you help them?

I have left clinical medicine because I was so disgusted by the attitudes and behavior of parent who feel entitled to the BEST care in the world for their kids, yet they chose to 1. refuse vaccines, 2. miss well child care appointment (FREE!!!!!) 3. smoke in their kids faces

These are the THREE greatest threats to child healthcare in this country.

I assure you, as a resident working to take care of my babies, I definitely DID NOT have the luxury of nice nails and purses that many of my patients' parents did.


This might be a provocative email....but it's the truth.

NOTHING will get better until PATIENTS are held accountable for their own health.

RJ   May 28th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

hello everyone, shes Mexican/white.........

RKR   May 28th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Lionel Richie has a daughter?

Daniel   May 28th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

What part of Alabama is Lionel from?

Gail Lee   May 28th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I don't understand how Lionel Richie (raised a Southern baptist) can be okay about his daughter "taking her time" about marrying the father of her child(ren).

Pamela   May 28th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I love Nicole Richie. Thank you for bringing her on. Harlow is beautiful.

Dodie ~ California   May 28th, 2009 9:59 pm ET


Born in Tuskegee, Alabama

Lisa   May 28th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

I have always been a fan of Lionel. Nicole, I am so proud of you. You are now an example for many young ladies to follow – not the BFF Paris Hilton mess.
Larry, I have to apologize because I rarely watch your show. However, the Richie's came on and were so genuine in what they have been through, I could not change the channel. Thank you all for a wonderful segment.

Bidya Rohrs   May 28th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

HI my name is Bidya (bydia) Rohrs..I was adopted as well into an American family when i was 3 and a half from Kathmandu, NEpal one of the 12 poorest countries in the world. I think your foundation is terrific..If i had the money I would do create a similar foundation. I recently got pregnant and will be donating my daughter Brooke Malaia's clothes when she outgrows them to the orphanages in Nepal. Kudos and blessings for your new baby Nicole. My husband and I are looking to move to LA and perhaps we can meet with you when we arrive and participate in the foundation. I was wondering if we could focus on Nepal as well. The country is nearly forgotten minus Mt. Everest. I would love to go back one day to meet my biological family,,Unfortunately i am not on speaking terms with my adopted family and I am very eager to reunite with my biological Nepalese family whom I have been talking to online. One day I hope to buy a home in Nepal and teach English in Nepal and see the country I haven't experienced since i was 3 years old. Thanks for listening. Bidya Rohrs

Candace Gardner   May 28th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

I am very inspired and motivated by what Nicole and Joel are doing. Nicole is a great mother and role model and will be blessed for changing her life and in turn changing the lives of others. It takes a strong person to reach out and extend themselves to others and give back to the community and wear the hat of a buisness owner and mom. To everyone that have the negative things to say: He who has not sinned, cast the first stone! Im sure if we could look in your background you will not be a Saint yourself. Anyway, I refuse to let that negative energy take away from the positive things that Nicole is doing for our communities. Thank you Nicole for speaking out for those of us who dont have such a big platform. May you and your family be blessed.

Candace Gardner
North Carolina

Deb   May 28th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

I cannot believe how ignorant some people are, Steve R. and John.

First of all, love knows no color. But for your information, Nicole is of mixed race. She is actually part of the Escovedo family who are also talented musicians. Have you ever heard of Sheila E. or Pete Escovedo? Probably not since you do not come across at being very open minded or diverse.

I think it is beautiful that the Richies who I believe could not have a child brought her into their home. A parent does not always have to be biological.

I used to think she was somewhat of a brat when she was hanging around with Paris Hilton, but she is extremely intelligent, thoughtful and making a difference. She has learned her lessons at a young age and I think wll continue to grow into a remarkable young woman and mother.

Also, Lionel Richie has two children with his second wife.

Best wishes to Nicole and her family.

Agatha   May 28th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

I;m so happy to see Nicole looking so content and so well. O, like everyone else love her dad, Lionel. (Also her mom, Brenda-who always seemed like such a wonderful person).

Watching her through the 'wild' years, I felt like seeing my little sister on trouble and wishing she would just wake up and get it together because she had an inner beauty that shone in spite of all the stuff you heard.

She has done all that beautifully and is blessed with her own beautiful family and the support of Joel. You can tell that he is a good person and I am so glad they found each other. Good luck, Nicole! So proud of you.

Lisa from New Jersey   May 28th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

I applaud Nicole Richie...for someone in the spotlight who went down the road she did and came out the woman she is today, is amazing. Good for her!

violet   May 28th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

I did love to see both or three(the little girl) Lionel and his daughter on L. King live. Please people be happy for anyone who can turn their life around in the best way she did(go Nicole and your family A+++++) good example for anyone. Lionel is a phenomenal singer , the conversations today was greaaaaaaaaaaaat. So much love and care for his family we did see today. go handsome Lionel . Love it.

John, San Antonio, TX   May 28th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

I think it's a safe bet that most of us consider ourselves fortunate if our children act up in their youth and then become good well adjusted adults. Nicole was not unlike thousands (if not millions) of young women who went a bit over the edge having a good time except she had more money than most. I have two wonderful children who pulled some stunts in their teens and early twenties that I would never have believed if they hadn't confessed later in life. So, I clearly can't throw stones at Nicole or Lionel about her wild life earlier and can only admire them for getting it all together now. As for why Nicole is famous, I think the obvious is her famous father but more than that, the news media who just couldn't resist following her every move and reporting it all to those of us who just couldn't get enough of it all.

Synthia Nari   May 28th, 2009 11:15 pm ET

Kudos to Lionel and Nicole. You guys prove that in the end; its all about family. You also prove that if you throw enough stuff up against the wall some of it is bound to stick. Brenda and Lionel stuck by their daughter and showed her love, values and character. She may have rebelled against them, but she changed her ways and conformed to what is right and proper.

The marriage thing is a personal thing. Don't allow folks to pressure you into marriage. Do it in your own time. Don't allow Larry King to give marital suggestions. With all the wives he's had; he should not be pushing marriage.

Take care of you and yours. Love you both and wish you the best.

A true fan in Brooklyn, NY

Love that Harlow;

Avery   May 29th, 2009 12:52 am ET

John, Nicole Richie is black! She just has lighter skin. But what does that matter? Lional and his wife fell in love with her not her skin color.

Glad Nicole has changed her life around is with a good guy like Joel. But just one thing, Maryland isn't in the south! Or did she mean east?

Julia   May 29th, 2009 12:55 am ET

Women who have money don't need to marry! It just messes the finances up if they divorce.

Page   May 29th, 2009 1:07 am ET

Wow! This is actually my first time blogging with viewers for Larry King's show and I am surprised to say the least. I work with children from the ages 6-22 whom have similar experiences like Nicole but they are not naturally resilient. It is an awesome thing when one can self-reflect and then begin to make positive steps toward being a better individual.

Furthermore, it doesn't matter whether or not if she is naturally talented or not, however she is smart enough to capitalize on an opportunity that many people don't have. Read the book titled, "Outliers," it talks about people who are born into certain circumstances and opportunities that comes there way Barbara and Susan. You will quickly find out a lot of people that are now famous have experienced adversity. It is so easy to identify the negative, which we don't have to do, because they laid it out for us.


Jeremy   May 29th, 2009 1:13 am ET

Even Nicole's voice has changed. She matured to the max I guess. Joel is so lucky and I know he is a good Christian guy. I think Good Charlotte used to sing Christian before they hit it big.

I think Nicole is kind of intimidating now. I kinda miss the old Nicole 🙂 but I think it is great that she is helping others. All she did was vicodin weed and alcohol.....or that's all she got caught with.....

boy did she really not want to talk about any of that. She is more like a calm woman now and not an energetic kid.....has 6 yrs gone by since Simple Life.....dayum!! time flies!!!

I will always think Nicole is one of the most beautiful women in the world!!

Jeremy   May 29th, 2009 1:21 am ET

Yeah she said he is from southern Maryland so that makes him southern like Lionel being from Alabama!! lmao

of course Maryland is on the Mason-Dixon line, but I guess southern maryland is closer to Virginia which is more southern.

Cindy   May 29th, 2009 1:26 am ET

Way to go Nicole as she stated she made many mistakes in the past , but has learned from them she is lucky she has such a supportive family. Nicole has embraced motherhood and Harlow looks like such a happy child.

Jeremy   May 29th, 2009 1:28 am ET

I can't wait to hear Lionel sing with Akon!!

Lionel is one of the top 5 best ever!!!

Darce   May 29th, 2009 7:50 am ET

Nicole is 1/4 African American, 1/4 Mexican, & 1/2 white.

As to why she's famous, SEVERAL REASONS:

1) her dad is famous. (She's not the first offspring of a famous person to also be famous. For instance, Sean Lennon is famous cause he;s the son of John Lennon. Also, John F. Kennedy's family is all famous because they are related to him.)

2) she is a reality show star, "The Simple Life". (Just like how Jon & Kate Gosselin, who by the way have no famous parents, are famous because of their reality show.)

3) she is the girlfriend of a famous person / rock star. (Joel Madden of Good Charlotte)

4)She has hung out with many A-List celebrities. (If you haven;t notived anyone who hangs around A-Listers will be famous by default just by hangng out with them.

5) Who cares! Nicole is beautiful, funny, & managed to turn her life around & use her fame & resources for good.

Bette-Anne   May 29th, 2009 8:04 am ET

Congratulations to Nicole & Lionel!

Nicole is famous and she is doing something GOOD with her fame, and that is what is important. She is a role model for kids and she is helping the world and that is why I want my children to follow kids like HER and not other celebrities who just shop and try to get them to buy things. I want to hear more about these young celebs who are real people, admit mistakes, and are doing really good things for our country.

Kim   May 29th, 2009 9:20 am ET

Awesome! Way To Go Nicole!
By the way.. Nicole is famous because Lionel Richie is a musical Icon and she is his daughter.
But... if she were only famous for starting the 4EveryBaby charity, that is good enough for me.
So Many People and Babies in Need, Thank You Nicole!

Mary Savage   May 29th, 2009 10:03 am ET

I had never heard of Nicole but she seemed to be a nice person and learned from her mistakes. I'm sure she knows who her birth parents are since Lionel said she was part of the adoption scene at 8 years of age at the time and from a large family. I just wonder if she keeps in touch with any of them.

Anyway, Larry, I'm going to tell you something probably nobody around you will tell you. Please stop doing whatever you are doing with your tongue, it's an old man's gesture and doesn't help your image. Look at some of your shows and you'll see what I mean. I enjoy your shows but the best when you have Bill Maher on! I'm glad you've found happiness but sorry I don't care to read your book. Luck to you in the future. Sincerely, Mary Savage

Nic   May 29th, 2009 10:06 am ET

I think both Lionel & Nicole are great.

The not so nice comments above just show what narrow minded people wrote them....

Show me someone who has not made mistakes in their lives ~ it is the fact that Nicole has learnt from hers & so obviously grown from them also, into such a strong and loving woman & mother & wonderful contributing member of society... What more could you ask for?

I love that Nicole is bringing Harlow up in the most 'normal' lifestyle, she doesn't want her spoilt, even by Lionel....

Keep up the great music Lionel 🙂 Nicole what you are doing with your 'House of Harlow 1960' rocks, the foundation work is inspiring!

Nic   May 29th, 2009 10:15 am ET

I meant to say too... I so love that Nicole makes no excuses for who she is or how she has lead her life. Totally confident & knows that it is ok to be yourself!

Kris Peterson   May 29th, 2009 12:58 pm ET

Thank you Larry for bringing such a nice success story to your show. So many kids can get caught up with the wrong crowd and never turn their lives around. Good for Nicole for being such a breath of fresh air and an inspiration to so many others out there. I am very happy for the Richie and Madden families! And little Harlow is adorable!

KH - Fort Worth, TX   May 29th, 2009 2:08 pm ET

I actually felt a sense of pride for Nicole when she acknowledged her short-comings and took responsibility for her poor choices.

I think both Nicole and Lionel were very genuine and appeared humbled by the path that has gotten them to this point in each of their lives. She made a comment, with regards to having a very "honest" relationship with her parents; I saw that. The fact that Lionel admitted (on tv, in front of millions of viewers) to being embarrassed by Nicole's behavior, confirmed that honest, real relationship. I commend him for practicing "tough love."

At the end of the day, it's not circumstance that defines character, it's how a person recovers. And in my opinion, she has done a great job of turning her life around.

P.S. For all you haters out there, listen up . . .

You're right, she isn't in the same situation most un-wed mothers are, however she is using her name, her fame and her fortune to do good things for those less fortunate.

Rose   May 29th, 2009 3:00 pm ET

Nicole was born Nicole Escovedo. She is Black Creole, Mexican and white. Lionel and his wife took in Nicole when she was 2 and legally adopted her when she was 9. Her mother was a back up singer, her father a musician who played with Lionel's band.

Charlie   May 29th, 2009 6:14 pm ET

Nicole, you did an amazing job! I support you 100%!

Theresa Felske   May 30th, 2009 1:24 am ET

Please notify me of follow-up comments via email.

Jessica   May 30th, 2009 3:44 pm ET

I think it is really lame that a lot of people are putting Nicole down! She has done a complete 360 and is doing what is right.
Barbara who are you to say she is a bad example she has made mistakes and she admitted to her wrong doings, which she should get praised for and hse did it in the lime light! As for being an example to others she isn't telling people to look up to her! if you watched the interview she is helping a lot of less fortunate women out there so who are you to judge! get a life!

Cyril   May 31st, 2009 4:13 am ET

Nicole is a proven case where one's past does not define one's future. I think everyone has fallen at one time or another. And it's no big deal. What matters is when you are able to brush off the dust, hold your head high and move possitively on with your life. That's what Nicole did. She was lucky to have a very supportive family but the decision to mend her life came from her and that was very commendable.

michelle   May 31st, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Nicole does know her birth parents and does have a relationship with both of them. She had some real trying times, like any young person and has sorted herself out with the help of her friends and her family. She is a mother and woman now and has truly found her passion. Paris IS a great friend to her and they are closer than ever. I find some of these comments to be so judgemental. Let's focus on the fact that many children and mothers have benefitted from the Madden-Richie Foundation and I hope they inspire other not-so-famous people to contribute to society. Great interview Nicole and it was nice to see you and your father so close!

Janet from Canada   May 31st, 2009 10:46 pm ET

I had no idea Nicole was actively participating in such valuable charity work. Too many people who can make a change, choose not to. Way to go, Nicole and Joel!!

bety   June 3rd, 2009 9:22 am ET

ther is lot hostile opinion about Nicole Richie , you guys talk like German people lot hate and rude come dowen guys .
do not make your self look like an idiot
you are american behave like that!!!!

Roy Mabe Jr.   June 14th, 2009 12:15 pm ET

Nicole Richie is really a good person ,now if she and Joel Madden could settle down with their daughter Harlow and the child is pregnant with.

Roy Mabe Jr.   June 14th, 2009 2:06 pm ET

Nicole Richie is really a good person,now if she and Joel Madden could settle down with daughter Harlow and the child she is carrying.

JAMIE E.   July 17th, 2009 8:02 pm ET

This was very heartbreaking and it is great that a person so famous can put aside their selfishness and vanity and give to great causes. Thank you Nicole for helping us moms that are so overlooked.

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