Finally after 3 years and 2 children, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden have informed all friends and family that they will be tying the knot. Richie confirmed the news during a taping of David Letterman’s Late Show Monday. Good Charlotte‘s front man Madden had his say via Twitter and revealed that the couple have secretly been engaged for some time now.

“Yep. I’m engaged. Very happy,” Madden wrote. “Yeah we’ve been engaged for a while so you’re all kind of late on that. But thanks for the hooplah all the same.” Taking a knock at the tabloids who have long-speculated over the couple’s possible breakups, make-ups and secret weddings, Madden added a note highlighting their discreet inner circle. “P.S. that’s why I love my family and friends. None of them are sources. All good tight lipped people who let us enjoy it! Thanks everybody.”

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Check out of pics of  the newly engaged couple below at the New York Knicks vs. Chicago Bulls basketball game at New York City’s Madison Square Garden Wednesday evening (Feb 17)…

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