Joel Rueben Madden is the lead vocalist for the American pop punk band Good Charlotte, as well as a record producer, actor, DJ, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He is also part of the pop rock collaboration The Madden Brothers with his identical twin brother Benji Madden. Take a look below for 25 more awesome and interesting facts about Joel Madden.
1. Madden was born Joel Rueben Combs in Waldorf, Maryland, the son of Robin Madden and Roger combs.
2. He has an identical twin, Benji Madden, who plays guitar and sings backing vocals in their band, Good Charlotte.
3. He also has an older brother named Josh Madden who also works in the music industry, and a younger sister named Sarah Madden.
4. Madden attended La Plata High School.
5. In 1995, at the age of 16, Joel Madden, his brother Benji, and a friend started their own band.
6. The band was short-lived and the Maddens eventually recruited fellow high schoolers Paul Thomas, Aaron Escolopio, and Billy Martin to form their current band Good Charlotte.
7. They took the name Good Charlotte from the children’s book, Good Charlotte: Girls of the Good Day Orphanage, by Carol Beach York.
8. In July 2004, a 25-year-old Madden began dating teen idol Hilary Duff when she was 16.
9. After a long period of tabloid speculation, Duff’s mother Susan announced their relationship in a June 2005 interview for Seventeen magazine.
10. In November 2006, Madden and Duff broke up.
11. Madden started dating Nicole Richie in December 2006.
12. They have two children: daughter Harlow Winter Kate Madden (born January 11, 2008) and son Sparrow James Midnight Madden (born September 9, 2009).
13. The couple confirmed their engagement in February 2010, and married on December 11, 2010.
14. Joel’s brother Benji is married to actress Cameron Diaz.
15. Madden has residences in both Los Angeles and Sydney.
16. Madden has a trademark habit of chewing toothpicks to help reduce the number of cigarettes he smokes a day.
17. Growing up in Maryland, Madden and his brother became big fans of the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Redskins.
18. From the beginning of the show in 2012 to the end of the fifth season in 2016, Joel was a coach on The Voice Australia.
19. He was also a coach with his brother Benji for The Voice Kids.
20. In 2013, Joel won the Logie Award for Most Popular New Male Talent for his role as coach on the program.
21. In 2015, he appears as guest in the American TV series Empire.
22. Joel is now in a pop rock duo with his brother Benji called The Madden Brothers. They released the record “Greetings from California” on September 16, 2014.
23. Joel featured in Alex Kunnari and Heikki L’s single “City of Sin”, released on July 12, 2013.
24. In 2012, he joined the 11th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians’ careers.
25. In 2013, he also provided songwriting and production assistance to the Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer on their first album. He has also helped write songs with them again for their later album Sounds Good Feels Good.