Now that Joel Madden and Nicole Richie are expecting a little bundle of punk rock celebutante joy, they're hoping to give back to their community and help other young families. We sat down to chat with the Good Charlotte frontman yesterday and here's what he had to say…
Joel told us that he and Nicole are throwing a baby shower on Sunday in Los Angeles. And while there's been some speculation about which celebrity guests will be bearing gifts -- Paris Hilton? Lindsay Lohan? -- and lots of talk about what color those gifts will be (pink or blue?), Joel says the main focus of the day will be raising awareness for the newly founded Richie Madden Children's Foundation, which will benefit underprivileged children and families.
When word got out that Nicole was pregnant, Joel said that all sorts of companies sent "everything under the moon," hoping that the couple would flaunt their newly acquired goodies in front of the paparazzi. So, needless to say, the couple doesn't really need anything for their baby-to-be.
"Instead of accepting any more gifts, we told people to give to the L.A. Free Clinic, and we got a bunch of companies to give a bunch of strollers and cribs and things like that," he told us. "We've had opportunities and know that we're very blessed, and we couldn't imagine having a baby and not being as blessed as we are. We're just trying to help out some other young couples, and the L.A. Free Clinic -- which provides healthcare, prenatal care and job opportunities for free -- is the most amazing place I've ever seen."
But with fatherhood just around the corner -- Nicole is reportedly due in late-December or early-January -- will a baby change the status of Good Charlotte? "It'll change everything … but it won't," Joel said. "We're a family, and it's just a new addition to the family. I have no idea what to expect but I know it's gonna be great things. It's exciting."