The duo began dating in December 2006 after the Good Charlotte lead singer turned on the charm for Richie.
“When I first would see her around, we were friends,” Madden told Australia’s 60 Minutes in April 2013. ”But I don’t think I’m the obvious choice. I’m always like, ‘Just give me a shot. Just give me one date.’ If I can get my foot in the door …”
Two years later, the Simple Life alum and Madden welcomed their daughter, Harlow, followed by their son, Sparrow, in 2009. The couple announced their engagement in February 2010 and tied the knot in December of that year.
The Great News alum admitted in March 2012 that she and the Maryland native were “polar opposites” when they first got together.
“He’s very family-oriented,” Richie, who is the eldest daughter of Lionel Richie, told Ocean Drive Magazine. “He grew up with four brothers and sisters. When we met, I was definitely going through a difficult time with my family, and having him have such a strong foundation really opened the doors and brought both of our families together.”
The California native told Us Weekly in September 2019 that having fun is the foundation of their successful relationship.
“I don’t know [if there’s] a secret [to it], other than we love to laugh and have fun,” Nicole explained at the time. “It’s nice doing the journey of life together. Doing it with somebody else that has the same goals as you is a really fun way to live.”
She also gushed to Us that Madden is “the most supportive.”
One of the duo’s common goals is to instill good values in their children. “I think we just have to encourage kids to be themselves and to stand up for what they believe in and to stand up for something,” Nicole noted.
“I’m going to take responsibility for everything!” she said on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. “I am a devoted sister-in-law. I’m happy for anyone who is happy, and I want everyone to be surrounded with love.”
Diaz and Benji tied the knot in January 2015 and announced the arrival of daughter Raddix in January 2020.
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