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Nicole Richie Is 'Not Trying To Hide' Her CRAZY Past — Here's Why!

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Early 2000s Nicole Richie is our favorite.

In the latest edition of Lena Dunham's Lenny Letter, Nicole spoke out about her wild past and why she's damn PROUD of it!

Related: Sofia Richie Hangs Out With Nicole's Former BFF Paris Hilton!

According to Richie, she often sees magazines praising her for overcoming the cray cray times of her youth. We're talking multiple arrests, rehab, and a headlines-making stint on the Simple Life, people!

While the mom of two feels pride for her recent accomplishments, she's not going to forget about the mistakes which led her to this happy place. Richie's colorful history is what made her who she is today, after all!

The fashionista explained:

"Other moments come when I'm out in the world, and that's a very different picture, one of danger, darkness, and shame. Moments of congratulation and celebrating who I am do not come without strangers pointing out how dark my life once was. I hear a lot of 'Wow, you once looked like this, but now you look like this!' and 'You once were wild, and now you're an angel!' I was so used to hearing others' views of my life that I found myself believing them. I sat and wondered, Why do I laugh at home, but feel shamed out in the world? With my family and close friends, I am owning my past, relishing in the absurdity, slightly flinching at my own naïveté, and giving myself props for the unabashed bravery that streaked through my youth. But not trying to hide from it, not trying to change it, just allowing it to help propel me forward."

Not only is the 35-year-old using her tumultuous resumé to make moves today, but she also is letting herself feel "gratitude" for those moments:

"I feel the need to support women loving themselves. It's by loving ourselves that we give permission to others to love us. Life is a roller coaster, and we all have had times where we need to get back on the up, but we can't do it alone. We need each other's love and support. And as much as I have to look at those moments and learn from them, as we all do, it's important for me to have gratitude for that time, too. Not shame. Being ashamed of your life is not OK. I realized I am actually extremely thankful I was so beastly in front of the world for a few reasons. It's so bad in people's minds that there's nothing that can embarrass me now. I got a little surprise gift of freedom!"

YAS! Self love is SO important — we should take pride in the complicated people we ALL are!

Summing up her poignant essay, Nicole stated:

"I also truly believe if I didn't have so many eyes on me, it would've been easier for me to slip back into my reckless behavior. I had people rooting me on and watching me at a time when I needed that. I've been given many titles: Wild child. Reality star. White-washed black girl. Skinny. Rich. (I guess the last two aren't so bad). Now, at 35, the only titles I am taking on are the ones I give myself."

Woot! It's clear Richie is truly confident in her life and self… how wonderful!

So, what do YOU think of Nicole's message?

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