Virgin Nicole Richie

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As her son Sparrow celebrates his first birthday on September 9, Nicole Richie is opening up about her wild teen years and the day she decided to become a virgin – or at least declare herself one with a tattoo.

"I'm a Virgo and the sign is a virgin," Richie, who turns 29 on September 21, tells the October issue of InStyle UK. "So, when I was 16, I got the word 'virgin' tattooed on my wrist thinking I was so deep and cool."

But now that she's a grown woman – and also mother to 2-year-old Harlow, her other child with rocker fiancé Joel Madden, 31 – Richie admits the ink is a bit embarrassing. Says the celebutante turned designer, "Now I just look really weird having 'virgin' written across my wrist – and I have to explain it."

Taking responsibility is important to Richie, who doesn't fault Hollywood or her music legend dad Lionel Richie, 61, for her rebellious past. "I don't blame my parents.

It had nothing to do with them," says Richie, who was once a regular on the club scene with pal Paris Hilton. "I created it and manifested it, and I got myself through it with the help of a lot of great people."