Thursday, June 24

Nick and Vanessa Lachey: A Timeline of Their Relationship


Still going strong! While they’ve faced their fair share of relationship challenges through the years, Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey (née Minnillo) are the definition of couple goals.

Nick first laid eyes on the former TRL host while he was still married to Jessica Simpson, from whom he split in 2006. Vanessa and the 98 Degrees singer got engaged in November 2010 and tied the knot eight months later. They went on to welcome three children: Camden, born in 2012, Brooklyn, born in 2015, and Phoenix, born in 2016.

When it comes to expanding their family of five, the duo have weighed all the options. “The shop is closed,” the former Miss Teen USA joked during a February 2020 appearance on the Tamron Hall Show, teasing, “No más.”

Six months later, however, she seemingly changed her tune. “I mean, I still like my husband and he likes me,” she told Us Weekly exclusively in August 2020. “So I guess anything’s possible.”

Even with their hectic work schedules — and while keeping tabs on their three kids — the pair always find time for one another. During the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, the couple had “a really amazing time” connecting with each other on a deeper level.

“I think we’ve had our highest highs and our lowest lows as a couple, and it’s forced us to communicate better and things that we thought we kind of had under control or tools we used to use in our relationship,” Vanessa exclusively told Us. “When you’re forced to be together 24/7 with three little ones, who also, you know, don’t really understand what’s going on. It kind of makes you have to reprioritize. I mean, we’ve been together for 14 years, married for nine and we still put our family first. I need different things now than I did 14 years ago. And he does as well.”

At the time, the twosome got creative with their communication tactics. To show her appreciation for her husband, Vanessa would write lipstick love notes on their mirror as a way of “letting him know I’m thinking of him.”

She explained, “We all like to hear it. We all want to hear it. It’s almost, like, such a cliche to go, well, ‘You know, I love you.’ I’m like, ‘OK, but I still want to hear it.’”

One month later, the couple soaked up some one-on-one time on a “no kids allowed” getaway. “I LOVE our kids, but I Love our solo time together just as much!” the TV personality teased in an Instagram post in September 2020.

Scroll through to relive their relationship journey, from Vanessa’s appearance in the Nick’s 2006 music video for “What’s Left of Me” to their brief split and romantic walk down the aisle:

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February 2006

Though Nick and Vanessa first met during one of the singer’s many appearances on TRL, which she hosted from 2003 to 2007, things began to get romantic for the pair when Vanessa starred in Nick’s video for “What’s Left of Me.” They could be seen flirting in the MTV Making the Video episode that aired for the mini movie in April 2006, five months after he split with Simpson. “How do we rehearse? Do we go to your trailer?” Vanessa joked, to which the pop star replied, “I think we just kinda have to do what they call ‘improv.’ Wing it. I don’t think there’s rehearsal time.” She later admitted to the camera, “He’s a gem — mini-crush.”

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July 2006

The sparks between the two were obvious by July 2006 (one month after his divorce was finalized), when Nick appeared once more on the set of TRL.

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December 2006

By December of that year, the new couple had taken their romance public: They shared an on-air kiss during MTV’s New Year’s Eve show.

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January 2007

The twosome shook off split rumors one month later. “Sorry. We are still very much together!” Vanessa told Us Weekly at the time.

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June 2009

Us confirmed in June 2009 that the duo had split for real. A source told Us at the time that their breakup was an “amicable” one. “They walk away from it still friends.”

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August 2009

Their time apart didn’t last long, however: The Top Chef Junior host and the 98 Degrees frontman were spotted locking lips one month later at L.A. bar The Dime. Nick told Us in September, “We’re trying to figure things out. I don’t pretend to know what the future holds, but everything’s good. Vanessa’s a good girl, and I care about her a lot.”

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October 2009

The singer and the former VJ made things official once more in October 2009. “I am happy in a relationship,” Nick said on Good Day Philadelphia at the time. “I was single for a minute there, and then we’ve kind of patched things up.”

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November 2010

The “This I Swear” singer put a platinum, asscher-cut diamond ring on it in November 2010. “We’re excited and incredibly happy about our engagement and we look forward to a wonderful future together,” the couple told Us in a joint statement at the time. Added a source, “They’re so happy, doing great. Thrilled about it.”

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July 2011

Us confirmed that the former Miss Teen USA and the musician had exchanged vows on the top of a cliff overlooking the ocean on Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson‘s private island in the British Virgin Islands, on July 15, 2011, before a small group of friends and family. “[Vanessa and my wedding is] for us, for the people in our lives who are close to us and mean a lot to us,” Nick told reporters at the time. “That’s the way we wanted it, and I’m happy we’re able to do it that way.”

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July 2011

The newlyweds headed to St. Bart’s for a romantic honeymoon later that month, where they soaked up the sun and frolicked in the ocean in their sexiest swimwear.

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March 2012

The pair announced that they were expecting their first little one in March 2012 on Live! With Kelly. “She was in New York and I was in the Bahamas,” Nick said on the show. “She went to the store and got a pregnancy test and it came back positive. We’re having a baby!” A source told Us at the time that the mom and dad-to-be were “both thrilled so excited. Can’t wait to meet the new little one.”

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July 2012

The Sing Off alum and his pregnant spouse celebrated their first wedding anniversary in July 2012 with an intimate brunch at Geoffrey’s in Malibu. “Nick was very sweet and doting on Vanessa,” an eyewitness told Us at the time. “He was rubbing her back and had his arm around her. At one point, he put his hand on her belly which made her smile.”

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September 2012

The lovebirds welcomed their first child, son Camden, on September 12, 2012. “We are incredibly proud to announce the birth of our beautiful baby boy, Camden John Lachey,” they told Us in a statement. “Born today at 6:54 pm. He came into this world at 8lbs 9oz and 21 inches. Love has truly been redefined for both of us.”

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July 2014

Two years later, baby no. 2 was on the way for the pair. Nick shared a photo on Twitter with the words “It’s a girl” written in the sand at the beach on July 15, 2014. “Can’t think of a better way to celebrate 3 years of marriage to my beautiful @VanessaLachey than this! #family,” he captioned the shot.

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January 2015

Nick and Vanessa became parents for the second time on January 5, 2015. “She’s HERE!!!!” Vanessa wrote in a post on her website. “Nick, Camden and I are SO excited to announce the birth of our sweet, beautiful baby girl, Brooklyn Elisabeth Lachey. She was born January 5th, 2015 at 5:17pm. She weighed in at 7 pounds 15 ounces, is 21 inches long and has already won over all of our hearts.”

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September 2016

The MTV alum shared the news that they would soon be a party of five on September 2, 2016, with a sweet photo of her family. #LacheyPartyOf5,” she captioned the Instagram pic, which featured a heart around her stomach and the words, “Newest Lachey arriving Spring 2017,” and “We got a new crib! Now we need a new crib!”

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The couple’s third child, Phoenix, made his grand entrance into the world on December 24, 2016. “It’s a very Merry Christmas indeed! We had our Christmas Miracle. Phoenix Robert Lachey decided to show up early and was born on Christmas Eve,” Vanessa wrote on a photo of a tiny hand clasping her own on Instagram on December 26, 2016. “Mommy, Daddy, Camden & Brooklyn LOVE You very much! #LacheyPartyOf5.”

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October 2017

Both Nick and Vanessa were announced as castmembers on season 25 of Dancing With the Stars, with Nick being paired up with Peta Murgatroyd and his wife working with Peta’s husband, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

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October 2018

Vanessa admitted her marriage to Nick isn’t all sunshine and roses in October 2018 — it takes hard work! “I see it as a working marriage and don’t mean like a job working, but we have to constantly work at it,” she told Us. “I was just telling my girlfriend last night, we don’t settle or run, we go head-on with the problem. We communicate, we talk things through and we listen to the other person. We both know exactly what we want out of life and that’s each other, so we’re gonna make it work.”

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December 2018

The former Entertainment Tonight correspondent gracefully responded to a tweet questioning why her daughter, Brooklyn, looks like Nick’s ex-wife, Simpson. “2019, new year, new outlook. Let’s be positive, especially with our children,” she tweeted on December 31, 2018. “Thanks Kimberly. Happy New Year.”

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February 2019

Getting out of the “kid bubble” works wonders for the pair, Vanessa told Us exclusively ahead of Valentine’s Day. “I’m going to light some candles, light the fire,” she said of her big holiday plans. “Just because we’re home doesn’t mean that it has to be the same routine.”

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July 2020

Nearly a decade after tying the knot, the former beauty queen reflected on her favorite marriage memories. “Thank You for the unconditional Love you give to me and our 3 crazy kids,” she wrote via Instagram. “Thank You for the hard work you put into Us and yourself daily. Thank YOU for keeping all your vows we shared on this day nine years ago. Thank you for it ALL. Happy Anniversary, My Love! I Love You!!! ❤️.”

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September 2020

The couple got away for a “Mom & Dad Weekend” in Lake Tahoe, California, for a “no kids allowed” vacation.

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June 2021

“This man. THIS. MAN. (He knows the rest of the gushy stuff cause I told him in person). 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨,” Vanessa wrote in a sweet Instagram tribute. “We have no idea what we are doing(most days)… but damn it, we are building a life TOGETHER. Know what you want, go get it and work hard to keep it! Nothing worth having is every easy, but I promise, it’s ALWAYS worth it! ❤️.”

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