As Life & Style previously reported, after months of bickering, Nicole Richie, 33, has been quietly shopping for a divorce attorney to end her four-year marriage to Joel Madden, 36 — though he's not ready to throw in the towel just yet!
"Joel doesn't want a divorce," reveals an insider. "He's trying everything he can to get Nicole to change her mind. He wants to work things out. He keeps suggesting that they try couples therapy again."
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Nicole reportedly isn't open to the idea. "She just wants to get it over with," the insider tells Life & Style. "She's tired of all the fighting."
But Joel, who has two children with the former reality star, has another way of convincing Nicole to change her mind.
Nicole and Joel with their two kids in 2010. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"He has a lot of dirt on Nicole and he's not afraid to use it, especially if it's going to stop her from divorcing him," the insider says.
"He's made it very clear to Nicole that he has no problem playing dirty. If she divorces him, he will put her through the wringer."
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That sounds healthy...
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