Is Nicole Richie upset with Joel’s ‘erratic behavior’ while he’s in Australia?

Nicole Richie

Here’s a cute photo of Nicole Richie on 5/12 at the Fifi Awards in New York City, and as usual, she attended the event all by her lonesome. Of course, this time there’s a valid excuse for husband Joel Madden’s absence, for he’s been busy shooting the Australian version of “The Voice.” Yet his presence down under has allegedly been a source of potential marital conflict as well, and there’s a story in this week’s issue of Star that alludes to trouble forecasted in another Star story from early January, which stated that Nicole was quite frustrated because Joel never takes care of their kids, and she was starting to feel like a single parent. Now that Joel is working on a separate continent, Star maintains that the marital tension has only grown worse, and now Nicole has apparently flown to Australia as well to help curb Joel’s “errative behavior” on the set. This combination of factors sounds like a total mess:

Nicole Richie to the rescue! The busy mom of two and “Fashion Star” mentor rushed to husband Joel Madden’s side, according to an insider, after learning of his erratic behavior while judging the Australian version of “The Voice.”

Signs of trouble were esspecially clear on May 14, when his bizarre antics forced the show’s reps to deny that he was intoxicated. In addition to making inappropriate comments to performers, “Joel was waving his hands around and looking wild-eyed,” says the insider. “The network claimed he was just nervous, but this is a rock star who’s used to playing in front of thousands of fans.”

Now Nicole is working hard to keep her mate in line by scheduling plenty of outings with daughter Harlow, 4, and son Sparrow, 2. “Joel swings between acting like a single man and partying without Nicole to wanting her beside him all the time,” another source tells Star. It’s like she has three kids.”

[From Star, print edition, June 4, 2012]

On one hand, it makes sense that Joel could be nervous with impromptu dialogue for the program if he’s only used to playing a well-rehearsed set, but it still sounds like the network’s publicists are just making excuses for him. Whatever the case, being drunk at work and wanting to party without his wife are neither signs of a decent employee nor a happily married man, respectively speaking. If this story is true, then Nicole would have good reason to be irritated with Joel, and it’s not fair if she really does feel like she has three children instead of two kids and a husband.

Here’s a photo of Joel in Beverly Hills on 3/12 with purple and blue stripes in his hair. What a rock star.

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Nicole Richie

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  1. RocketMerry says:

    Hm. Sounds like someone is getting ready to throw a major “poor me, poor me, I just HAD to leave him” party.

    That’s straight from Nicole’s publicist, if you ask me.

  2. Skinnybetch says:

    Bang trauma.

  3. Jayna says:

    Well, maybe she’s making the long flight to visit him because her work committments are freed up now and she misses him. Long distances this far away are always a strain on the marriage. I hear the Voice I’n Australia is a huge hit.

    • supalolly says:

      It is a huge ratings winner here.

      Also lots of rumours floating around that he’s been getting it on with one of his co-judges – Delta Goodrem (you know the one that was with one of the Jonas bros just recently)?

      Could be just publicity to pump up ratings for the show in Australia, but a bit suss that Nicole’s showed up during filming. Keeping an eye on Joel maybe?

      • Iggles says:

        I heard that too, and that it’s been going on for awhile. Even when Delta was still “dating” Nick the word was she was sneaking around with Joel in CA.

        I didn’t want to believe the rumors because I always thought Nicole and Joel were such a lovely couple, but now he sounds like a douche!

    • backwards says:

      Nicoles is in Australia because House of Harlow is being launched at a department store tomorrow. She arrived this morning (I was listening to a interview with her on the radio before….not stalking them lol)

  4. Gabbo says:

    Lol at that guy in the background looking at Nicole!

  5. brin says:

    Well if that blind item was about him and Delta Goodrum, she’s probably on hubby-watch.

  6. Gia says:

    Ugh he is so douchy. How Nicole ended up with a dork like him I will never know….

    • RocketMerry says:

      ‘Cause she wilfully had sex with him while he was in a relationship with another woman and then got pregnant?

      Sorry, I’m feeling extra-bitchy today :)

    • Jayna says:

      She has always been attracted to odd looks’as far as guys. He was a step up for her.

    • Elizabeth says:

      He may be douchy but when they started out, he was the responsible one taking care of her (anorexia, drug use, running with Paris Hilton). Then she got pregnant and turned her life around, got healthy, started her businesses, etc. Now she needs him to be something he’s not – a reliable mature partner who shares the load of raising a family. His previous girlfriend was Hilary Duff and they were dating when she was 16 or 17. I think Joel’s interested in someone he can take care of and make the decisions for. Sharing power is not what he’s into.

      • Iggles says:

        Wow, that’s a really good theory! Explains a lot. I forgot he was dating Duff when she was a teenager and he was in his 20s (yuck!).

        He probably resents their new dynamic now that Nicole is a successful career woman. With her healthy he may feel like she doesn’t “need” him.

      • jelynn says:

        Good read.

  7. kazoo says:

    I don’t know why people expect others to change just because they get married and/or have kids.

    I love both dresses she’s wearing. And her skin looks amazing.

  8. Mum says:

    I think she’s out grown him..

    • Elizabeth says:

      See my comment above. The old screw up, use alot of drugs Nicole is gone now. So, yeah, she likely has outgrown him. Too bad there are two little kids involved now so they will have to deal with the fallout. I hope the adults here can act like adults and put the children first.

  9. mia girl says:

    I honestly don’t think she looks good in any of these pictures. The top one looks like she’s channeling Tammy Wynette (that hair?!)
    At this point she looks like she’d be part of the RHOBH cast.

  10. Launicaangelina says:

    I’m so glad she looks much healthier. I don’t know much about Joel but it seems he had a positive impact on her health. She looks great and has beautiful skin. I hope these are simply rumors and not truth. I was impressed in the direction her life took after the Paris Hilton years.

  11. Talie says:

    Wasn’t there a blind item about him cheating on her with one of the judges? I think they were close to ending it not that long ago, but she seems very serious about keeping her family together.

  12. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    Nicole was far more entertaining than Paris Hilton on The Simple Life.

  13. nikzilla37 says:

    I love her dress but she’s too short for it.

  14. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Always liked her. I think she’s funny as hell.

  15. Raised Brow says:

    She looks like her aunt, Sheila E. in the last pic.

  16. epmd says:

    he has a serious double chin problem. not a good look.

  17. Dhalia1947 says:

    She has a nice figure. I don’t like the bangs. I remember that he was by her side when she was going through her stuff.

    He accompanied her to court. And waas just by her side during all of that. i think that he feels the need to take care of somebody and this new Nicole is not working for him.

  18. skuddles says:

    He’s such a gigantic dweeb…. I imagine she’ll divorce him before the year is out.

  19. Palefire says:

    I like darker hair on Nicole

  20. UniqJaz says:

    I love nicole richie’s style.

  21. Rachel says:

    I don’t believe it. He is so popular here and is great on the voice. All the magazine here talk about how much Joel and Nicole love Australia and want to move here.

  22. the original bellaluna says:

    There are bumps in EVERY relationship road. People grow; they change; circumstances change, too.

    That being said, this isn’t the first “bump in their road” I’ve read about. It wouldn’t surprise me if they end up splitting, though I don’t wish that on them.

  23. nikole says:

    1.) Nicole needs to be on a powertrip at all times. Joel took care of her when she needed it the most for personal & media reasons. Joel seems to do better where he can be the protector and caregiver. She seems like she enjoys walking all over everyone.

    2.) Joel probably has little to no freedom with her around… of course he’s going to let loose on The Voice. He also has been really excited to do this show and has been talking about it months prior. She’s always doing stuff with her lines and show, why not let him do something for once. (*also, maybe she is jealous of his success since her show bombed*)

    3.) Nicole definitely outgrew Joel. It’s obvious. She needed a rebound from DJ AM and she found Joel… who highly resembles DJ AM (go take a look). She got pregnant, twice, probably to make an image change, or whatever. Now she’s stuck with it but seems disinterested. Besides, when do you ever see Nicole out with just Sparrow? Um never, only Joel takes him places.

    4.) Let’s recall, Nicole and kids were supposed to move to Australia in JANUARY but she used the show she did to stay, when in reality she had to have known about it ahead of time. She even said in interviews (in December) that she was excited to move. Well did she ever? Did they ever? No. She trucked back and forth not even with the kids until now (so 6 months of hell for those poor kids) Obviously there is tension/marital distance/they are lying to the public…which is understandable but. cmon now.

    5.) She probably doesn’t want to leave him for the fact that her image has turned around as perfect wife/role model/business woman/etc since she’s been with him. She could care less if he snuck around because she has their kids to forever make herself seem like the victim. On the other hand, she probably would play the victim card, hence why she’s hawking Joel about the supposed fling with Delta (which I don’t think is true, they were signed by the companies owned by same label and met when they were in their early 20s so they’ve been friends for a long time). Who knows, he actually does a lot, he just doesn’t dote himself around like she does for the attention.