Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are engaged

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Nicole Richie chose to announce her engagement to her partner of three years, Joel Madden, by showing up for a taping of The Late Show with a giant diamond ring on her finger. Her interview will air on Friday. Joel confirmed the news on his Twitter account, but it looks like he’s since deleted that tweet because it only appears on caches of his feed and not on his actual page. Maybe Nicole told him that she wanted to save the news until her Late Show episode aired. Joel later tweeted “I’m screwed. Oh boy,” which taken with the deleted tweet probably means that he’s in trouble for confirming the engagement before Nicole was ready.

They’ve been together for more than three years and have two children. Now, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are planning to make it official.

“Yep. i’m engaged. Very happy. Yeah we’ve been engaged for a while so your all kind of late on that. But Thanks for the hooplah all the same,” Madden Tweeted Monday night, after news of their plans to wed went wide. He also expressed thanks to relatives who did not let word of the engagement slip.

He Tweeted: “P.s. thats why i love my family and friends. None of them are sources. All good tight lipped people who let us enjoy it! Thanks everybody”

Richie said Monday night during a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman that the couple are engaged to be married, a source told PEOPLE.

After the show, Richie headed to the New York restaurant Abe & Arthurs – without her fiancé – for dinner. “She was glowing,” says a source. “She was telling her table how happy she was.”

Richie, 28, and Madden, 30, began dating in December 2006 and have daughter Harlow, 2, and son Sparrow, 5 months.

[from People]

Whatever works for them. I don’t think that people should necessarily get married just because they want to be partners and raise children together. It’s a legal issue and is not for everyone. It sounds like this is something that Joel and Nicole have thought through and that they’re ready to make it official. US Weekly quotes a source that says they’re already planning the wedding. “Nicole and Joel are in the process of planning the wedding. She’s very involved in every detail. She’s thrilled.”

We haven’t heard much about Nicole and Joel because they lead such a family-oriented, low-key lifestyle. There is an article in this week’s National Enquirer about Nicole, and it’s all about how she’s influencing Jessica Alba to feed her daughter whole, organic foods and limit access to television. Given the things we used to read about her, it’s a welcome change. Congratulations to Joel and Nicole!

Photo credit: WENN.com

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  1. Sarah says:

    Nicole really seemed to have grown up since she become a mom. It guess that’s why she wants now the marriage to make it whole. Congrats

  2. GatsbyGal says:

    Who is that guy in the background of that first picture? Ooooo, he looks like an interesting character.

  3. DoMaJoReMc says:

    She looks STUNNING with the darker hair! Not one of the cookie-cutter blondes we see EVERYWHERE!

    Congrats on the FANTASTIC news!

  4. Constance says:

    Yeah I thought they got married/ were getting married a long “timez” ago. Congrats I guess on a delayed shotgun wedding? I hope she’s past all that other nonsense and ready to be a real person.

  5. mel says:

    Horse before the carriage but atleast they didnt get married just because she got pregnant. I wish them luck.

  6. SammyHammy says:

    Well, they aren’t doing things in quite the order I would recommend, but what the heck. They seem to be a happy and loving family, so good for them.

  7. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “We haven’t heard much about Nicole and Joel because they lead such a family-oriented, low-key lifestyle.”

    Amen, that’s why I kind of like these two. Richie really seems to have “grown up” and gotten her act together. no more drugs and partying all the time.

    to DoRaJoReMo: funny, I was thinking the opposite! I think the dark hair is a little too severe for her. I like her as a dirty blond, but I think a lighter brown would look better on her than this shade.

  8. javelin says:

    yes, mel- we should all be so wise as to live according to school-yard rhymes.

    GatsbyGal- indeed, quite a striking presence!

  9. gigi says:

    @gatsbygal – the dude is a richie-madden friend/bodyguard. I think he’s catt saddler bf or husband.

    @Celebitchy – Nicole shouldn’t be mad at him since it was the daily 10/eonline who spilled the beans.

  10. lucy2 says:

    She really seems to have gotten it together, stopped the partying and got away from the bad influences. They seem happy together and seem like good parents, so that’s great. Good luck to them.

    Have to say though, from what I can see of it, I don’t care for her ring. I’m an emerald cut kind of girl. :)

  11. ogechi says:

    C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S to them.

  12. Jillian says:

    Congratulations Nicole and Joel!

  13. GatsbyGal says:

    @Gigi – You absolute DOLL! Thank you! It’s Catt’s boyfriend, named Barry Meyerson…I guess from what I saw on a google image search, he’s something of a high-profile bodyguard. He’s been photographed “guarding” a bunch of big-name chicks. Oof, and what a silver fox (or is that salt ‘n pepper fox?).

  14. Cheyenne says:

    Nice news. Congratulations to them.

  15. celandine says:

    Cute couple and it’s great to see a ex-drug-using party girl turn her life around. I just wish they hadn’t inflicted “Sparrow” on a innocent human child…

  16. Nicole says:

    Congratulations to both of them! I’ve always liked Nicole Richie. I admit that “The Simple Life” was a guilty pleasure for me, and she provided 100% of the humor. It would’ve been incredibly boring without her.

    On an unrelated note, I love her shoes in those pictures!

  17. Cinderella says:

    I wish them all the best. Sometimes families start out the “unconventional way”, but that doesn’t mean they won’t work. Their love has obviously gotten stronger over time. I’m sure Nicole wants her children to enjoy a peaceful, happy and stable childhood that she did not have. Good for them.

  18. Tia C says:

    This is anti-climactic news, to say the least.

    On a nicer note, she looks like a completely different person with the dark hair. Beautiful. It suits her.

  19. georgia says:

    I love Nicole but I’m sure they will be over soon..
    I hope I’m wrong but that Joel charecter is a man hoe.