Good Charlotte's Joel Madden Makes 8-Year-Old Cry

By | December 20, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Hilary Duff is, after all, your girlfriend and, yes, you should stand up for her. But did you really have to bring small children to tears?

According to a report on, Madden – Good Charlotte lead singer and Duff’s current partner in love – was at a radio station’s Christmas show in New York last Friday when he was approached by two young autograph seekers. Duff quickly pointed out the problem – one of these boys was Cody, the kid brother of her arch-nemesis Lindsay Lohan! To sign an autograph for this completely uninvolved 8-year-old child would be like admitting defeat!

Or something like that.

Anyway, the end result of all this was a self-righteous Madden telling Cody Lohan to go get his mother, then telling mom Dina that it would take a public apology from her daughter to get his autograph for the now-crying child. Of course Cody soon wisened up and didn’t want the autograph anymore, instead throwing out the 8-year-old equivalent of a clever one-liner: asking if Simple Plan were around, because they’re probably nicer.

Points for effort, kid.

The two boys then took off down the hall, screaming “Simple Plan! Simple Plan!” Simple Plan, by the way, were not at the show, or, as far as we know, even in the country.

So this whole teenage debacle is the latest battle in the ongoing Lohan-Duff war. The two pop tartlets started feuding when Lohan’s ex, yet another pop singer, Aaron Carter, started going out for burgers and shakes with Duff (seriously, what else could a Hilary Duff date entail?) last year.

Following some not-so-sweet comments from Lohan in the press, Duff recorded the song “Haters,” which was largely assumed to be about her rival. She sang about Lohan “spreading her dirt,” being “the queen of superficiality” and wanting Carter back – which are heavy-duty digs for the Disney-sweet Duff.

Lohan, meanwhile, may or may not have left nasty messages on Duff’s answering machine. She also probably has some kind of retaliatory song on her new album, but I’m not about to listen to it to find out.

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