"They trusted that they would be better able to provide for me." Lionel and Brenda went through a bitter public split; as a result, they indulged Nicole's every whim."Their way of making me happy was to say, 'yes,' to everything I wanted, but I don't think a little girl should have that much freedom," said Richie in an interview with Vanity Fair.Richie graduated from Montclair College Preparatory School in 1999, then attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, alongside Kourtney Kardashian and Luke Walton, where she studied Arts and Media.
Richie and Madden founded "The Richie Madden Children's Foundation" in 2010.
Richie has starred as one of the three mentors on NBC's Fashion Star.
In July 2014, Richie's reality show Candidly Nicole premiered on VH1.
The show was renewed for a second season which premiered in July 2015.
Her biological father is Peter Michael Escovedo, a musician who briefly played with singer Lionel Richie, and her biological mother, Karen Moss, was the executive assistant for Nicole's aunt, Sheila E.
When she was three, her parents agreed to let her move in with Brenda Harvey and Lionel Richie because they could not afford to provide for her financially."My parents were friends with Lionel," she told People in 2003.Nicole Camille Richie (born Nicole Camille Escovedo; September 21, 1981) is an American fashion designer, author, actress and television personality.Richie rose to prominence for her role in the Fox reality television series, The Simple Life, alongside her childhood best friend and fellow socialite Paris Hilton, which lasted five seasons.The Simple Life was a hit for the Fox network, premiering with 13 million viewers.Richie's personal life attracted significant media attention during The Simple Life's five-year run, and she was a constant fixture of tabloid journalism before and after her appearance.