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Nicole Richie opens up about her marriage, kids and 'The Simple Life'

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In a recent interview with Oprah, former wild child Nicole Richie revealed the secrets behind her happy marriage to musician Joel Madden and how she hones her parenting skills.

During the airing of Oprah: Where Are They Now?, the 32-year-old, who is mother to son, Sparrow, 4, and daughter, Harlow, 6, said that her and her husband Joel were "partners from day one".

"From the second we found out we were going to parents together, we looked at each other and we said, 'Okay, both of our parents are divorced. We both have had ups and downs with our parents and we don't really have a strong example of what a healthy family life is. But, we're recognizing that now, so let's work at it and let's go through this together as a team. I would say that's the easiest and hardest part."

As for her parenting skills, she recognises that she's still got lots of room for improvement but that she likes to talk to other mums to get tips too.

She also said that she likes to explain everything to her children, because she thinks they deserve to know the truth.

"I have to always come from a place of love and compassion with them. My kids operate best when I let them have a voice. I really explain things to them, because really, kids want to be told the truth. They just do. They just want you to be truthful."

The fashion designer first made her name starring with her best friend Paris Hilton in reality TV show, The Simple Life.

But after being a feature on the LA party scene, and frequently being featured in the tabloids, she settled down with her now husband Joel, who sings with the band Good Charlotte.

"The Simple Life was definitely one of the first five reality shows just to be out ever, so I had no understanding of [what to expect] because there were no examples of it. There was no precedent."

"To me, it was extremely fun. I was 21, 22. Somebody asked me if I wanted to go away with my best friend for 30 days and get paid for it. I went into it like that. I thought, 'This is like backpacking, except I'm going to do it this way...in front of people."

You can watch a snippet of the interview with Oprah and Nicole below

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