Ex-Stylist Gives the Skinny on Richie Split

11/27/2006 8:58 PM PST

Ex-Stylist Gives the Skinny on Richie Split

Stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe has come out swinging against reports that she was fired by Nicole Richie.

Rachel issued the following statement to TMZ: "There has been a lot of speculation as to the cause of my parting with client Nicole Richie. The tabloid reports have no merit. After trying to be a good friend to Nicole, we made a mutual decision to sever our working relationship. Changes are inevitable in any business relationship. I am very fortunate to have such a wonderful life, I have been married for 10 years and have been a stylist for more than 15 years and am lucky to work with such a diverse group of women of all shapes and sizes that inspire me everyday. I have nothing but love for Nicole and wish her only health and happiness."

Sources tell TMZ that Rachel, who had worked with Nicole for more than three years, had become increasingly unhappy with bad choices Nicole was making in her life, and simply wanted to be finished with the whole thing.

When asked to elaborate further about "being a good friend to Nicole," Rachel's rep refused comment.

A rep for Nicole could not be immediately reached.