This interview is a little more introspective and honest than the insipid interview she just did for Flare April 2012. This alludes to the drug-addled past that includes an arrest for DUI and heroin possession. And it’s honest about the Paris Hilton time in her life. Except Richie has clearly grown up; she’s a wife and mother. Whereas Hilton is still sleeping around, partying, dressing like a teenager on the cusp of some questionable life decisions, and writing songs about drunk-sexting.
On her marriage: “Joel [Madden] and I are complete polar opposites. He’s from southern Maryland. He’s very family-oriented. He grew up with four brothers and sisters. When we met, I was definitely going through a difficult time with my family, and having him have such a strong foundation really opened the doors and brought both of our families together.”
On her kids’ personalities: “My daughter [Harlow, 2,] looks exactly like me, and she has Joel’s personality. She’s very careful. She doesn’t make a move without fully thinking about what the consequences would be and what that means. Sparrow, 4, looks exactly like Joel and has my personality. He’s just wild. I’m in for the ride. He’s two, and we’ve had broken fingers, we’ve been to the hospital. You cannot take your eye off of him for a second. He is just a full, free spirit.”
On her drug-addled past that includes an arrest for heroin possession: “You have to remember that I was 20 years old. I don’t know anybody who can look back at who they were at 20 and say, ‘I’m the exact same person.’ It’s all about evolving and growing. Who we are in our 30s is obviously very different than who we are in our 20s.”
On a period she mostly spent with Paris Hilton: “I have fond memories of that time. I was 20, 21 years old and I was doing a show with my best friend and we didn’t really have to do much. We were just being ourselves… and playing it up for the cameras, obviously… but the show was very safe for me to do, in the sense that cameras were never in my home. They were never shooting my family. It was more about stepping into other people’s realities, as opposed to the cameras coming into our realities.” - via Ocean Drive Magazine.