Joel Ryan Rueben Madden was born on March 11, 1979, is an American singer who is the lead vocalist & songwriter for the pop punk band Good Charlotte, a record producer, actor, and a DJ. Madden’s father left the family when he was 16, getting them financial hardship. He took up different odd jobs as a teenager in high school to help his mother with the family’s bills. One job he and his brother Benji took up was washing hair at a salon. While in his early twenties, Madden & his siblings changed their last name from Combs, his father’s last name, to his mother’s maiden name, Madden. He did so to distance himself from his father. Madden begun a clothing line called MADE Clothing along with his brothers Benji & Josh. The line is now defunct. In early 2006 MADE Clothing became DCMA Collective. The line is owned by himself, his brothers Benji Madden, Josh Madden, and friend Tal Cooperman. The Madden brothers also front a production team called Dead Executives.
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In November 2007, Nicole Richie & Madden created The Richie Madden Children’s Foundation. The charity will produce & promote an online registry to inspire the purchases of items for moms and their families in need. He is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 2010, w/ his brother, Madden contributed to “We Are the World 25 for Haiti,” a redo of the song “We Are the World” by USA for Africa, written by Michael Jackson & Lionel Richie.
On March 7, 2010, Madden was a DJ for the 2010 Academy Awards. He was brought in as a DJ to ‘fill the void’ in between presenters & other created parts of the show. The organizers of the Awards felt that there was too much lull in the show and wanted a DJ to play music to ‘keep the energy in the building.’
Madden was also a judge for the 10th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists’ careers. Madden started out dating Hilary Duff in 2004, when she was 17 yrs old and he was 25. In November 2006, after 2 & a half years, Madden & Duff broke up.
Madden started out dating Nicole Richie soon after he and Hilary Duff broke up. They have two children: daughter Harlow Winter Kate Madden, born on January 11, 2008 & son Sparrow James Midnight Madden, born on September 9, 2009). The couple confirmed their engagement in February 2010.
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