Joel Madden Opens Up About Milestones He Has Missed

“Good Charlotte” rocker Joel Madden shared what it’s been like to be traveling on the road with his band, leaving his two small kids at home. Joel has a daughter, Harlow, 2, and a son, Sparrow, 1, with fiance Nicole Richie.

It’s hard to be away. It’s the first time I ever questioned what I did because sometimes you miss moments and you’re like, ‘Is this worth it?,’

Joel admits that he’s missed a lot of Harlow’s milestones:

“First word. First step. When [Sparrow] was born I was like, ‘I’m going to be honest with you.’ I was holding him for the first time [and I said], ‘I’m going to miss some birthdays.’”

The celebrity dad says he and father-in-law-to-be Lionel Richie have bonded over their common circumstances:

“Me and him have become best friends. We talk on the phone a lot. He’s always gone and I’m always gone, but we … totally understand each other. He’s been where I’ve been,”

Joel says that Harlow recognizes the song he recorded for her on the band’s new album, Cardiology.

“She loves it! She calls and says, ‘That’s my song.’ I just wrote it one night and it was really simple, on the piano. Then [Benji] heard it and said, ‘Let’s put it on the record.’ When I sing it to her, I just sing it to her. But when I wrote it, it was to piano.”

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