Richie appears on her second PEOPLE cover with baby Harlow, where Madden reveals just how 'blessed' they are. "I can't imagine life without her," Madden says of their 9-month-old daughter. "It was never a moment where it was like, 'This is inconvenient for us.' We're very blessed to have it happen the way it did." Richie adds, "I'd love to say she's a mommy's girl, but when she sees her dad, she nose-dives for him."
Madden and Richie welcome their second child, Sparrow James Midnight Madden. Their baby boy weighs 7lbs 14oz. "Mothering comes naturally to Nicole," Madden tells PEOPLE. "She loves it." In the New Year, Madden announces his engagement to Richie on Twitter. "Yeah we've been engaged for a while so your all kind of late on that," he Tweeted.
After a three-year hiatus, Madden returns to the music scene, releasing his fifth studio album with Good Charlotte, Cardiology. The dad-of-two dedicates a song to daughter Harlow on the CD, "Harlow's Song (Can't Dream Without You)", who he also enlists to help promote the album in a YouTube video. "Harlow helps announce our song on iTunes," Madden Tweeted. "LOL She's loves goin 2 work w/me."
After four years and two children together, Madden and Richie tie the knot in front of 130 close family and friends at Lionel Richie's Los Angeles estate. "It was the best night of my life," the gushing groom tells PEOPLE of the nuptials, whose guests include Benji Madden, Samantha Ronson and Gwen Stefani.
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