Nicole Richie wed Joel Madden 2010. They have 2 kids: 2008 daughter Harlow; 2009 son Sparrow. Nicole was adopted, at 9, by Lionel Richie and Brenda Harvey, who later had a bitter split up. Her biological parents are: Peter Escovedo who was a musician for Lionel. Her mother, Karen, was an executive asst. for Sheila E, her aunt.