Joel Madden: I had no idea what love even was until Harlow came along

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Rocker Joel Madden, 28, is definitely a proud daddy now that he’s almost two weeks into fatherhood with Nicole Richie, 26, and their new daughter Harlow Winter Kate, 12 days. He blogs,

She’s already growing too fast! So I am at home writing this blog before I head [out to do some work]. I swear it’s so hard to leave during the day, but always so rewarding to come home to the little family.

I’ve always been a guy who loves to love. Probably one of the things that define me outside of my work is love. I had no idea what love even was until Harlow came along.

Me and her mother feel like the luckiest two people alive right now. This time in our life has been amazing. We both look at our little girl every single moment everyday and know there is nothing we wouldn’t do to protect her and her perfect little innocence.

It seems like you turn on the TV, or get online and it’s all bad news.We don’t want her to know any of that yet. I actually never want her to know any of the pain and suffering we see out in the world everyday, or how harsh people can be as a result of it. Having this baby has really made me realize we all start out that way, then somewhere along the way something happens and people go one way or the other. But all started out sweet and innocent just like my little daughter.

The world could really make you bitter if you let it, but that’s where music, and art come in to save the day.You’ve got to surround yourself with the things you love…I want my kid to grow up around that.

My heart goes out to Heath Ledger’s family. Too young. Too soon. Too loved to be gone. It almost seems pointless to say this with the state of the media today, but I hope people will respect what his child and her mother are going through right now and give them space. May God be with them.

Source: DCMA

Thanks to CBB reader Jennifer.

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