Socialite Nicole Richie on kids Harlow and Sparrow

Harlow looks like me, but has Joel’s personality and Sparrow is wild like me!

Nicole Richie‘s two children with Good Charlotte lead vocalist Joel Madden, 32, are an equal mix of both parents, but they’re also complete opposites.

“My daughter looks exactly like me, and she has Joel‘s personality. She’s very careful,” Nicole tells the March issue of Ocean Drive magazine of daughter Harlow, 4. “She doesn’t make a move without fully thinking about what the consequences would be and what that means.”

Richie, 30, recently revealed to Access Hollywood Live that Harlow likes to be a fashionista like her.
“[Harlow] likes to get ready with me. As long as we make it fun,” she said.

Nicole‘s 2-year-old son Sparrow “looks exactly like Joel and has my personality. He’s just wild. I’m in for the ride,” the Socialite says. “We’ve had broken fingers, we’ve been to the hospital — you cannot take your eye off of him for a second. He is just a full, free spirit.”

The Winter Kate designer admits that when she didn’t think they’d hit it off when they began dating in 2006, since they were “polar opposites.” She says, though, that he entered her life at the right time.

“He’s from southern Maryland (Waldorf, Maryland). He’s very family-oriented,” Richie tells Ocean Drive. “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.”

Nicole also opens up about her wild child past, which was documented for five seasons with Paris Hilton on The Simple Life.

The adopted daughter of singer Lionel Richie has openly struggled with substance and weight issues but turned her life around following the birth of her two children.

“You have to remember that I was 20 years old,” the designer says. “I don’t know anybody who can look back at who they were at 20 and say, ‘I’m the exact same person.’ It’s all about evolving and growing. Who we are in our 30s is obviously very different than who we are in our 20s.”

Nicole began dating Joel in December 2006. Daughter Harlow Winter Kate Richie Madden was born on January 11, 2008 and son Sparrow James Midnight Madden was born on September 9, 2009. The couple were married on December 11, 2010. In February 2008, the first photos of Harlow were sold for $1 million.

Nicole Richie‘s biological father is Peter Michael Escovedo. He is a member of a musical family and is the son and namesake of percussionist Pete Escovedo, nephew of percussionist Coke Escovedo, brother of percussionist Juan Escovedo and drummer Shelia Escovedo (also known as Sheila E.), cousin of drummer René Escovedo.

Nicole Richie will return to reality TV as a mentor on NBC’s Fashion Star, which premieres March 13.

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