Nicole Richie: Healthy, Happy, Remorseful

Nicole Richie tells OK! she feels "healthy and happy" and thinks of her jail sentence as "a blessing in disguise"

By Gina Serpe Aug 01, 2007 7:17 PMTags

As Nicole Richie exclusives go, when it rains, it pours.

A day after the worst-kept baby secret in Hollywood finally went public, via quotes from Richie's recorded interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer, OK! magazine has released its interview in which the Simple Life star continues to open up about being a breeder.

The 25-year-old, who's four months into her pregnancy with live-in rocker beau Joel Madden, sat down with the magazine on Saturday, one day after being sentenced to four days in a Los Angeles jail for her wrong-way DUI.

"I couldn't be happier," she said. "I will be really happy once I have done my jail time. I can start fresh.

"I don't consider it one of the worst. I think this was a blessing in disguise. This year has been full of lessons learned and soul searching and realizing I'm an adult. It's time to take responsibility and not take the easy way out."

The first step is expected to start relatively soon. Richie has until Sept. 28 to complete her jail time, which she plans to serve in a county lockup. (The judge gave Richie the choice of county or city jail.)

And while she describes herself as "happy and healthy," she's particularly looking forward to putting jail—and her seemingly wild lifestyle—behind her.

"I want to be happy and stable. My life is clearly going to slow down."

In the past few months, Richie and the 28-year-old Good Charlotte rocker have entered full-fledged nesting mode and managed to keep an amazingly low profile, despite the fact that Madden's band is about to kick off a nationwide tour with Justin Timberlake.

Even though they haven't announced any plans to tie the knot in the future, the magazine describes Richie as Madden's fiancée, and nuptials are clearly on her mind.

When asked by the magazine if she wanted a big, white wedding, Richie replied, "Yeah, it will be a really huge one!"

Although they didn't disclose the sex of their forthcoming child, Richie did say the tyke would be just the start of a brood that she dreamed would eventually include "three girls and twin boys." She also said she'd have no trouble following in the footsteps of Brangelina when asked if she would consider adoption.

"Definitely," she said. "I'm adopted."

Among other revelations via the OK! interview were the expectant mother's cravings (sushi and pizza), why she had popped an unprescribed Vicodin prior to her bust ("really bad menstrual cramps") and whether she and Paris Hilton ever compared mug shots (nope).

Another thing they won't rush to compare: jail terms.

"We weren't charged with the same thing," she said, explaning why she got the minimum 4 days relative to Paris' 45. "We had different judges. This isn't a popularity contest, and it's not up to people to compare my case with Paris'.

"It was a fair, standard sentence," she said of her own punishment. "I expected that."

Still, Richie says she and Hilton have discussed their similar fates and that her reality-TV cohort has "been really supportive. I don't know if there is anything to do or prepare."

Also in her corner is her father, Lionel Richie, despite his absence at her court hearing last Friday, when she entered her guilty plea.

Richie, however, says the decision to come solely with Madden was her own.

"I didn't want to come with an entourage. I went there to state my case and left. [My dad] called me right afterward and told me he was proud," she said, adding that Madden's support "means a lot. I'm really lucky."

As for the judge's in-court lecture chastising her for getting behind the wheel of a car while not of sound mind, Richie said she had it coming.

"He was right. I was lucky that no one else was on the road, but I could have killed someone."

Richie told the magazine she has not taken any drugs since her Dec. 11 bust and that the whole incident "was a big awakening experience. If I could take it all back, I would.

"Every situation is different. For me, I have come to a place where I never want to make a mistake like that again. I never want to possibly take another life in my hands," she said. "It's important for someone like me to say, 'This is real.' I want to reach out to people who possibly look up to me, and send a message out there to not make the same mistakes."

ABC News and OK! have been jockeying to be the first out with Richie's official confirmation. Seeking to protect its scoop, ABC released excerpts from the Sawyer interview hours after OK! announced it had locked up an interview with Richie.

Richie's two-part sit-down with Sawyer is set to air on Good Morning America and 20/20 on Thursday and Friday. Her OK! interview hits newsstands on Friday.