Joel Madden, Nicole Richie

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It apparently wasn't love at first sight when Nicole Richie met her future husband, Joel Madden.

"When I first would see her around, we were friends," the Good Charlotte frontman told Australia's 60 Minutes in an interview airing Sunday. "But I don't think I'm the obvious choice. I'm always like, 'Just give me a shot. Just give me one date.' If I can get my foot in the door..."

In a preview clip for the show, even his father-in-law Lionel Richie cracked that Madden "was not Prince Charming, believe you me."

But two kids and a vow swap later...

"I'm not for every woman, you know," Madden said. "Because a lot of women...I mean, obviously, your first thing is, 'What do you want your guy to look like?' And I'm not the tall, dark, handsome guy, But I think, once you get to know me—like how I got Nicole."

Consider Madden's time-biding strategy a success: The couple have been together for more than six years and celebrated their second wedding anniversary in December.

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