Wait, Are These Signs Nicole Richie and Joel Madden Are Headed for a Split?

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden sit courtside. (Splash News)
Nicole Richie and Joel Madden sit courtside. (Splash News)

Not exactly the way to strike down rumors of a breakup...

Designer and reality star Nicole Richie and her rocker husband, Joel Madden, have given several clues in the last few days that seem to show their marriage is in trouble. The two were first photographed together in January 2007 and married in December 2010.

On Friday, moving vans were spotted at their L.A. residence. The images of the trucks, coupled with shots of Madden shopping for furniture — without his wife — last week, don't bode well for their future.

Moving vans pull out at the Richie-Madden home. (FameFlynet)
Moving vans pull out at the Richie-Madden home. (FameFlynet)
Madden loads his car. (FameFlynet/AKM-GSI)
Madden loads his car. (FameFlynet/AKM-GSI)

However, Entertainment Tonight reported that the vans were parked in the couple's driveway because Richie and Madden are moving together into a new home close to Madden's brother Benji and his new wife, Cameron Diaz.

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Richie confused us again, though, when she was photographed without her wedding ring on Saturday as she and Diaz stopped by a local Whole Foods.

Richie and Diaz are close sisters-in-law. (FameFlynet)
Richie and Diaz are close sisters-in-law. (FameFlynet)

Then, Madden mixed things up once more by posting a sweet message and photo for his wife and mom of their two children, Harlow, 7, and Sparrow, 5, on Instagram. "Happy Mothers Day to my best friend and partner in rhyme," he wrote. "Best wife, mother and friend a father and his kids could ever ask for."

Madden pays tribute to Richie. (Instagram)
Madden pays tribute to Richie. (Instagram)

Richie has mentioned before that she and Madden work hard at parenting together.

"We met and we were partners from day one," she told Oprah in July. "And from the second we found out we were going to be parents together, we looked at each other and we said, 'OK, both of our parents are divorced. We both have had ups and downs with our parents and we don't really have a strong example of what a healthy family life is. But, we're recognizing that now, so let's work at it and let's go through this together as a team. It's been great."

No matter what happens with their marriage, Richie and Madden still have a lot of kiddie soccer games to attend.

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