Joel Madden (born Joel Reuben Combs on March 11, 1979) is an American singer and the lead vocalist for the band Good Charlotte.
Joel Madden was born Joel Reuben Combs in Waldorf, Maryland to an Irish-American family. He has an identical twin brother, Benji Madden, who also plays lead guitar in their band Good Charlotte. He also has an older brother named Josh, and a younger sister named Sarah. Madden attended La Plata High School in La Plata, Maryland.
When Madden was sixteen years old his father left the family, causing them financial hardships. Madden took up various odd jobs as a teenager to help his mother with the family's bills. One job he and his brother, Benji, took up was washing hair at a salon. While in his early twenties, Madden, along with his siblings, changed his last name from Combs, his father's last name, to his mother's maiden name, Madden. He did so to distance himself from his father.