Nicole Richie's Dad Credits Joel for Changing Her

September 1, 2010 By:
Nicole Richie's Dad Credits Joel for Changing Her

Nicole Richie has come a long way since her days of hard partying with pal Paris Hilton.

She's engaged to be married to Joel Madden and they have two beautiful children together. And her father couldn't be more thrilled that Joel stepped in and took charge before Nicole ended up like Paris.

Lionel Richie said: "I think Joel had a lot to do with it, Joel's an anchoring soul for Nicole. He came in the door once and said, 'Mr. Richie, I just want to let you know I've got control of this.' I was like, 'No you don't! Are you kidding me?'

"But I think that was the start: she found somebody that would challenge her stuff. They are a great team and I love him very much."

He recalls when Nicole was partying and her life was spiraling out of control. He added to Closer magazine: "It was brutal. You're a parent so you'd like to just take them and put them in a basket and say: 'I'll protect you.' But when they're over 18 they get to walk out and you can't keep them in a bubble. You have to sit and kind of watch it, because there's nothing you can do."

He said: "Nicole turned into a mom! She's done a great job, I'm really proud of her. She grabbed the bull by the horns and turned it around."

She really has changed her life around. Whether we have Joel or her two kids to thank for it, we're happy to see her in such a great place.