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Nicole Richie talks to Oprah about marriage and parenting

The lavender-haired star shares the easiest and hardest parts of being married to Joel Madden

Can you believe Nicole Richie and Joel Madden have been married for over three years already?

The 32-year-old designer and mum of two discussed her family life and parenting style with Oprah Winfrey, revealing the easiest and hardest parts of being married to the Good Charlotte rocker.

Nicole says the lovebirds were "partners from day one", but knowing that both of their parents were divorced had a big influence.

"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," Nicole told Oprah.

"But, we're recognizing that now, so let's work at it and let's go through this together as a team. It's been great. And I would say that's the easiest and hardest part."

Nicole Richie sits down with Oprah Winfrey

As doting parents to six-year-old Harlow and four-year-old Sparrow, Nicole says there's always "room for improvement".

"My kids operate best when I let them have a voice," she said.

"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."