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Who Are Nicole Richie's Parents?

What to Know About Nicole Richie's Parents and Her Adoption Story

Who Are Nicole Richie's Parents?

Many know Nicole Richie for being part of a famous family and having legendary singer Lionel Richie as a dad, but some may still be surprised to learn she's adopted. The designer was born Nicole Camille Escovedo, though she eventually took on the last name Richie. In 2022, Lionel β€” who took Nicole in with ex-wife Brenda Harvey-Richie when she was a toddler β€” opened up about adopting his oldest daughter to People, saying, "Nicole was actually a godsend."

According to the outlet, Nicole's parents, who were friends of Lionel's, had money struggles when she was a kid, so Lionel and Brenda officially adopted her at 9 years old. Though the couple separated in 1988 and later divorced, Lionel said they were always on the same page when it came to raising Nicole. "Brenda and I went through a very interesting time," he shared in his interview, "We didn't agree on a lot of things, but we did agree on [Nicole]. . . . She turned into a fantastic young lady."

Nicole has the same love for her adoptive parents. In July 2018, she posted a brief but sweet tribute to them on Instagram, writing, "It's #nationalparentsday & these are mine. I love you both and am inspired by both of these hairstyles."

Read ahead to learn more about Nicole's adoption story and her biological parents.

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