Nicole Richie Covers ‘Flare,’ Talks Family and Fame

Nicole Richie has matured drastically over the last few years, and since becoming a mom the one-time late-night party girl, favors waking at early dawn to squeeze in some alone time.

“I wake up at 5:30 in the morning, every morning, so I can be alone,” admits the Fashion Star mentor, who graces the cover of the April issue of Flare magazine. “I don’t have anywhere to be, but mentally, I like to go downstairs and drink my coffee … I’m telling you, it changes my entire day.”

And while Richie has certainly cleaned up her act, she has a problem with the notion that celebrities should serve as role models.

“I was just talking to a friend of mine who has two little girls about a certain singer whose name I won’t mention,” she explains. “He was really upset, saying she wasn’t a good role model for his kids. But here’s the thing: that girl is 20-something, so she shouldn’t be a role model to your little girls. She’s human, and it’s unrealistic to put people on a pedestal and expect that they’re not going to make mistakes.”

As for her own kids, Nicole and Joel Madden want Harlow and Sparrow to have as normal a childhood as possible.

“[Harlow] has no idea that she has two [fashion] lines named after her,” she reveals. “I try and let her be a kid.”

Photos by Fame

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