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Joel Madden

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Joel Madden of Good Charlotte

Joel Reuben Madden (born March 11, 1979) is the lead vocalist for the band Good Charlotte and twin brother of guitarist Benji.

Their father left on Christmas Eve when he and Benji were 16, which is mentioned in "Little Things," Good Charlotte's first single, and has influenced much of their music. Benji and Joel chose the name of the band from a book called Good Charlotte, by Carol Beach York.

Benji was always blamed for Joel's misdeeds because he was a troublemaker. Since Joel and Benji were twins they would switch places, which usually didn't help them out much. Benji and Joel were tormented by their peers throughout their time at La Plata High because they were considered "freaks," which inspired them to write "The Anthem", the second single from the album "The Young and the Hopeless". Joel admits that he couldn't sing a note when the band first started out, but over the years his dulcet tones have taken the modern punk rock world by storm. He collects crucifixes, and used to wear a promise ring his mother gave him for Christmas when he promised to remain a virgin until he wed.

During Z-100's Jingle Ball radio festival, Madden got involved with the feud between his "close friend" pop star singer Hilary Duff and her rival and also pop star/actress Lindsay Lohan by refusing to give her little brother Cody and his friend an autograph after Duff pointed out who they were and then asked for Lohan's mother to apologize. This was a rumor, and was said to be untrue by Joel himself. Joel Madden has also been spotted holding hands with Hilary Duff in various places over the last few months, but when asked if the two were dating, Joel Madden said she was just a friend.

However, in June 2005 the rumors were finally cleared up when Hilary finally admitted the two were dating, and had been seeing each other since Hilary was only 16. Their first public appearance will be at the MTV Video Music Awards in August on the verge of Hilary's 18th birthday.

In 2004, Joel was on Punk'd with his brother Benji after they were both tricked by Ashton Kutcher for the incident when they saw their Range Rover has smashed on top of Volvo while being towed.

Joel's Tattoos

On both of Joel's shoulders, he has an outline of a star.

On the inside of his right hand he has the letters "A-M-C." This stands for "American Murder Crew." It is something that he, Benji, and their group of friends from D.C. all have.

Right above his heart, he has praying hands with "Benjamin" and with "Saved By Grace" underneath.

On his left wrist, he has an outline of a star and "Truth" underneath it.

On the edge of his lower right arm, he has his last name, M-A-D-D-E-N.

On the back of his upper right arm, he has an Irish flag.

On his lower right arm, he has the face of Jesus.

On his upper left arm, he has a cross with a banner around it and 2 doves flying around it. Under that, there's a rose.

On his lower left arm, he has the face of the virgin Mary.

On his right wrist, he has an outline of a star with "Hope" underneath it.

On his right calf thingy, he has a dragon.

On his left calf, he has a heart and a shooting star.

Also on his lower leg sleeve he has somewhat a Chinese symbol for "Mom"

On his left forearm he has Joseph (foster father of Jesus) and the word "Salvation" on the front of his wrist.

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