Joel Madden Scoops Nicole Richie By Announcing Engagement On Twitter

Richie also made announcement while taping 'Letterman' for Friday.

Oops! Nicole Richie had apparently planned to announce her engagement to Joel Madden on Friday night’s “Late Show With David Letterman,” but her fiancé seems to have scooped her.

“Yep. I’m engaged. Very happy,” Madden tweeted in a post that has since been deleted, but not before the news was picked up everywhere. “Yeah, we’ve been engaged for a while, so you’re all kind of late on that. But thanks for the hoopla all the same.”

According to People, a source confirmed that Richie broke the news of her engagement to the Good Charlotte singer during Monday’s taping of Letterman’s show. Details of the former reality-TV star’s announcement are unknown as of press time.

On Tuesday morning (February 16), Richie appeared on “Live With Regis and Kelly” and made no reference to her engagement. Richie — who has dated the father of her two kids, Harlow and Sparrow , for more than three years — wasn’t wearing an engagement ring on the morning talk show. But according to Us Weekly, she was sporting a diamond ring on Monday night, presumably after making the announcement.

The pair is currently in the Big Apple as Richie promotes her new jewelry line during New York Fashion Week. Madden has been busy sending fans messages about their activities while in town. While the paparazzi have been snapping photos of Richie in the city, on Tuesday, Madden tweeted that he and Richie were snowed in and about to spend the day watching DVDs.

The celebrity couple have long been targets in the tabloid world , so it’s understandable that Madden erased his tweet, though it has since been archived by a number of celebrity Twitter following services. And after breaking the word of his engagement before any of the celebrity weeklies, he thanked his friends for not tipping off the media.

“P.S. That’s why I love my family and friends,” he tweeted (in another deleted post). “None of them are sources. All good tight-lipped people who let us enjoy it! Thanks, everybody.”

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