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If we've learned anything in two and a half years in this biz, it's that the celebrity news world is chock full of DUI arrests, plastic surgery and best of all, eating disorders. Stars binge and purge - or just starve themselves - like mad.

Well, we're happy to present a rare success story - a young celebrity who, in the not-so-distant past, was fast approaching refugee status, but who has since filled out to the point where she actually looks good in a bikini.

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Take a look at the comparison of Nicole Richie now and 28 months ago (TMZ put this together). It's amazing what a steady relationship (with Joel Madden), a baby (Harlow) and eating regularly will do for a girl's figure. 

Keep up the good work, Nicole! And give Kate Bosworth a call ...

Nicole Richie bikini pics, then and now. We'll take the 12/08 model, thanks.

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Nicole Richie claims she doesn't have an eating problem, and did not check herself into rehab for one.

Interestingly, though, she was photographed outside the W. Hollywood Recovery Center, which is evidently an informal meeting place that focuses on 12-step meetings.

Nicole, Harlow Photo

A search of the rehab venue's programs reveals Crystal Meth Anonymous meetings that are held there on Wednesday nights.

We've got a picture of Nicole outside the place from September 27. Here she is, seen leaving the center the same day Crystal Meth Anonymous meetings are held.

Therefore, our favorite girl must totally be hooked on the stuff, right?

Oh, who the hell knows, but it makes for some interesting gossip (not unlike Suri Cruise being born of alien life forms).

And we thought it was just an eating disorder, Nic! Crazy!

There's more to the meth myth than meets the eye. It's long been rumored that Richie's stylist, Rachel Zoe, keeps her clients thin by doubling as their drug dealer.

Nicole may indeed be telling the truth that she doesn't have an eating disorder -- she has been chowing down on some pretty big slabs of meat of late -- and maybe her thin frame could be evidence of another addiction entirely.

If she is getting help, good for her. She clearly needs it -- look at how narrow this pic is! Look at ANY Nicole Richie pics from the past year!

Get some counseling, girlfriend. There's no need to ride the rails all night long when you can ride Brody Jenner instead.

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Our dear friends at the Hollywood Grind and the journalists at CNN are both reporting an interesting piece of news about Nicole Richie.

The Simple Life star and daughter of singer Lionel Richie has been getting a lot of grief over her food aversion in recent months. Some might say she looks a bit thin. Skeletal, even. The way one envisions a malnourished, third-world refugee.

Everybody Together: Awww!

Or a scary creature from another planet.

In any case, here's what the CNN News ticker has to say as of this morning:

"Singer Lionel Richie says he is not happy about his daughter's pencil-thin figure, and neither is Nicole Richie herself. She has checked into rehab for an eating disorder."

Well, we hope this is the beginning of a new phase in Nicole's life. One in which she embraces food in addition to boyfriend Brody Jenner.

Not sure where this picture was taken exactly, but it looks to be of Nicole entering the rehab clinic. That guy's shirt probably says "Hunger."

Or maybe "Burger."

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No, it's not what you think. Everybody, please calm the f*ck down and return to your homes. Nicole Richie is doing fine.

A Harlow Smile

Well, kind of. Much as we would like to report that Nicole's eating disorder has become public knowledge in the worst sort of way, it appears as if the attractive and talented young actress singer socialite alien goblin was merely celebrating a friend's birthday in West Hollywood, Calif., last week when she got sh!it-faced and puked on the floor of a bar.

"Nicole puked right on the floor, like right in the middle of the club, everyone saw," a source dished to PerezHilton.com.

Apparently, though, Nicole swears by the boot-and-rally philosophy.

"But I guess she didn't care. She kept partying," the source continued. "She loves tequila. But you know, she's so small - and she probably didn't eat anything that day. So you know, she probably had a couple shots and it just happened. She was just having a good time."

So she's no Kate Bosworth. Still, do the math, people:

Getting wasted + dropping a few pounds = TIGHT!!!!

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Like the Hollywood Gossip, singer Lionel Richie admits he has become distraught over daughter Nicole's weight loss.

The "Dancing on the Ceiling" singer calls himself a "basket case" and is so worried about how thin his adopted daughter, Nicole Richie, has become. The constant speculation about her size has made him into a wreck, he says.

Lionel And Nicole Richie Photo

"I'll be honest with you, it hurts me more than it hurts her. I'm more sensitive. I take it more personally. I must tell you, I'm the basket case," Lionel told Access Hollywood on Monday.

Lionel also revealed that he has had words with Nicole about her increasing resemblance to a two-dimensional alien weight and overall physical health. Just look at that pic! You can barely see her!

"What are fathers for if you can't point the finger every once in a while. The good part of it is she is aware of it. She has heard this all her life from me so this is just a continuation of the reminder," he said.

Nicole, 24, recently admitted that she was too thin and wouldn't want young girls to copy her look.

"I know I'm too thin right now," Nicole said.

In related news, the sky is blue and Tom Cruise is insane. Oh, snap! However, when asked how Nicole -- who has announced she is getting ready to release her debut album -- is doing at the moment, her proud father was more positive.

"She is doing great," he said.

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According to Us Weekly, Nicole Richie has gained a few pounds, "by eating protein bars, drinking Progain energy shakes prescribed by a holistic physician and working out twice a week to build muscle."

Seriously. A magazine wrote that. Richie will be eating protein bars and working out right around the time Kevin Federline gets off his lazy, freeloading ass and gets a job. But she must have actually eaten something, because she now looks like a standard Hollywood anorexic, rather than an impoverished, freakish she-goblin from another galaxy. See below.

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Nicole Richie Quotes

He is a good man, he is cool. He is just a great person overall.

Nicole Richie [on Barack Obama]

Nicole Richie: I’m 26. I’ve definitely had a very eventful year. So right now, it’s about me enjoying my time with my daughter. I want five children: twin boys and three girls. I’ve wanted that since I was a little girl.

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