Quincy Jones Stands Up For Nicole Richie

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Legendary composer and producer Quincy Jones hasn't spoken to his friend Lionel Richie's daughter, Nicole, since her arrest Monday morning, but he blames her troubles on the pressures of being in the public eye.

Nicole, Harlow Photo

"You get caught up in the peer pressure and the hoopla. It's a media frenzy. It's insane. Success doesn't help," Jones told People.

"Processing success is a major, major, major process."

Jones, who has seven kids - six of them daughters - added, "I try to tell the young kids there are two cardinal rules: You should approach creativity with humility and have your success with grace. It's a gift from God. You don't deserve it. You are a vehicle of a higher power. Don't abuse it."

Nicole Richie, 25, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. She was not drunk, but told officers she was on marijuana and Vicodin at the time.

But Jones remembers a time when life really was simpler for the Simple Life star. You know, before all the raging anorexia and mug shot stories.

"I adore Nicole. I've known her since she was a baby. She's a very smart girl. When she was younger she worked eight hours a day for eight years to become an Olympic figure skater. She's a very talented girl," Jones said.

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