Is Joel Madden Ready To Tie The Knot With Nicole?

Nicole Richie & Joel Madden hit the town... Nicole Richie & Joel Madden hit the town...

Could Joel Madden be ready to propose to his expecting girlfriend, Nicole Richie?

Speculation has run wild for months over whether Madden and Nicole would tie the knot, with anticipation reaching a fever pitch since Nicole confirmed her pregnancy earlier this month.

Regis Philbin broached the subject this morning when he welcomed Madden and his band, Good Charlotte, to ABC’s “Live with Regis and Kelly.”

“You’re going to present her, maybe, with – did I hear the right thing, or should I not even talk about this?” Regis said to Joel.

When Madden replied with an “uh, what?,” Regis quickly got to the point.

“A little ring, or something,” he prodded.

“I was hoping it would be a surprise,” laughed Madden, “but uh…”

But nothing! Joel didn’t finish the sentence.

Regis, with a quick “ah dammit,” turned straight to Joel’s identical twin brother, Benji, and said, “What’s new with you, big boy?”

Madden’s and Richie’s lips have been sealed about when (and if) they intend to marry, but could Joel have hinted at something real when Regis put him on the spot?

Only time will tell. For now, Madden is all about preparing for his child with Nicole, who is currently 4 1/2 months into her term.

“Yeah, we’re expecting a baby,” he said this morning, to cheers from the audience. “I did it.”

He told Regis and Kelly that he’s been reading up on the subject, with books such as “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “The Expectant Father” and “Baby Signs.”

Nicole was sentenced last month to four days in jail and three years probation stemming from a December DUI arrest, and must complete her sentence by September 28. While rumors have surfaced that the couple plan to tie the knot before she serves her sentence, that has not been confirmed.

One thing that is for certain? Nicole’s joy over being an expecting mother:

As she told ABC’s Diane Sawyer earlier this month, “I’m so excited about my baby’s life and this is just…it’s so much bigger than me.”

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