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Friday 26 December 2014

Nicole Richie: Arrests sobered me

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie can't really say why she started taking drugs, although being arrested made her realise she needed to stop.

The American star has been open about her use of heroin and cocaine and receiving treatment to help her combat her addictions.

She has previously claimed she was so bored because of her life of privilege that she sought out some excitement. While she isn't sure if that was the sole reason for her behaviour, the star knows what made her stop what she was doing.

"I was so young, it's hard to say really," she told British newspaper The Telegraph when asked why she started taking drugs.

"I got tired of it. A few arrests helped. A few hours in jail will do that to you… Once you see the consequences are real."

The 31-year-old star has put that behind her now and has a success fashion business.

She is also mom to daughter Harlow and son Sparrow, who she has with her husband Joel Madden. Both Nicole and her rocker spouse put the children before everything else.

"Joel and I both grew up in what other people would call an unstable home. We both come from divorced parents and did a lot of moving around, so it's very important to us to create a stable environment for our kids… or at least try to," she explained.

Nicole was adopted by Lionel Richie and his now ex-wife Brenda Harvey when she was nine years old, shortly after which they went through a difficult divorce.

Recently the whole family has started spending time together again as Lionel and Brenda both want to be involved in their grandchildren's lives.

"My mum's your typical grandma. She doesn't listen to anything I say, and buys the kids anything they want, while I want them to work for it. My dad's that silly guy who comes and sings songs to the kids," she laughed.

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