- Nick and Vanessa Lachey met on the set of “Total Request Live” and later started dating in 2006.
- They got married in 2011 and have since had three children together.
- In 2020, the pair cohosted the hit Netflix reality show “Love Is Blind.”
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About 15 years ago, Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey (née Minnillo) felt sparks on a music-video set and eventually shared a New Year’s kiss on MTV cameras.
The two, who went on to get married and have three children, recently celebrated the power of love by cohosting Netflix’s hit reality show “Love Is Blind.”
Here’s a look at Nick and Vanessa’s long-lasting relationship, from their early flirtations caught on camera to their mutual career successes:
Early 2000s: They appeared on MTV’s ‘Total Request Live’ when Vanessa was a host and Nick was married to someone else
Vanessa joined “Total Request Live” as a host in 2003, and Nick frequented the show after his rise to fame in the boy band 98 Degrees.
At the time, Nick was still married to his first wife, Jessica Simpson, and Vanessa frequently covered the news of their relationship.
In a 2017 interview with Billboard, Nick said that although “TRL” wasn’t the only thing that connected them, it “was definitely part of our time together.”
November 23, 2005: Nick and Simpson announced their divorce
After three years of marriage, the couple publicly announced their split to Us Weekly.
“This is the mutual decision of two people with an enormous amount of respect and admiration for each other,” they wrote in a statement, according to MTV. “We hope that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
Months after announcing their breakup, they finalized their divorce in June 2006.
April 2006: Vanessa starred in Nick’s music video for ‘What’s Left of Me’
In the same 2017 interview with Billboard, Vanessa called the music video “the beginning of our relationship.”
“That’s what made it no longer friends and it got romantic,” Vanessa said. “To the point that if you go back and look at the video, when he came to premiere it, I was so nervous and so crushing him that I didn’t show up for work that day. I called in sick.”
Summer 2006: Nick and Vanessa started dating
The new couple was spotted spending time together off-screen.
During a 2020 appearance on “Strahan, Sara and Keke,” Nick said that he took Vanessa to Hooters for their first date after his show in New Jersey.
Vanessa added that earlier that day, a psychic stopped her on the street to tell her she was going to find her prince charming “on a white horse.”
Later that night, Nick sent a white Escalade to pick her up for their date.
January 1, 2007: They took their relationship public with an on-screen kiss
June 2009: The pair briefly broke up
After three years together, Nick and Vanessa split up for a short period of time.
Vanessa’s representative told People that they had “amicably split” and were remaining “good friends.”
But according to Us Weekly, the two were back on by the end of the summer, and Nick told the publication in September 2009 that they were “trying to figure things out.”
“I don’t pretend to know what the future holds, but everything’s good,” Nick said. “Vanessa’s a good girl, and I care about her a lot.”
October 2009: Nick publicly confirmed he was back with Vanessa
Us Weekly reported that Nick shared his relationship status during an appearance on “Good Day Philadelphia.”
“I am happy in a relationship,” he said. “I was single for a minute there, and then we’ve kind of patched things up.”
November 2010: Nick and Vanessa got engaged
After about four years of dating, Nick got down on both knees to propose to Vanessa.
The two detailed the moment during an “Entertainment Tonight” interview with Nancy O’Dell, and Nick said he gave his “best romantic effort.”
When Vanessa shared that Nick got down on both knees to propose, he added, “I figured one wasn’t enough. I had to go to the full begging position, you know, and plead for her hand.”
“I think I knew pretty early on that we would be a good match, that I loved her,” he said. “So I would say, within the first six months we dated, I probably knew that was the one I wanted to be with.”
July 2011: They got married on a private island in the Caribbean
Nick and Vanessa tied the knot during a small ceremony at Sir Richard Branson’s private getaway in the British Virgin Islands.
They told People in July 2011 that they sent the invitations in the form of plane tickets and flew their guests in for the surprise trip.
“We told them they were going away and the attire was island chic,” Nick said. “It was all very vague.”
Later that month, the couple showcased their big day with the feature-length TLC special “Nick and Vanessa’s Dream Wedding.”
September 12, 2012: The couple welcomed their 1st child together
Vanessa gave birth to the couple’s first son, Camden John Lachey, in September 2012.
“Love has truly been redefined for both of us,” the couple told Us Weekly.
January 5, 2015: Their 2nd child was born
The two welcomed their daughter, Brooklyn Elisabeth Lachey, at the beginning of 2015.
“I have been dreaming of this moment for as long as I can remember, the day I was going to meet my little girl,” Vanessa wrote on her now-defunct website, according to People. “A friend recently told me how magical today was going to be because it’s the day I would meet my best friend.”
“I can’t even begin to tell you how it felt to hold her in my arms for the very first time,” she added.
December 24, 2016: They celebrated the birth of their 3rd child
In the middle of the holiday season, Vanessa gave birth to their second son, Phoenix Robert Lachey.
Vanessa posted a photo on Instagram of the baby holding her finger, writing that he “decided to show up early and was born on Christmas Eve.”
Fall 2017: Nick and Vanessa did a side-by-side stint on ‘Dancing With the Stars’
The couple merged their careers as cast members on season 25 of “Dancing With the Stars.”
Nick was paired with Peta Murgatroyd, and Vanessa partnered with Murgatroyd’s husband, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
But in September 2019, Nick told USA Today that he doesn’t like dancing and probably “shouldn’t have done it to begin with.”
“That was one of those things – I’m glad I did it,” Nick said. “I’m glad I checked it off the list, and I can look back and say, ‘I have no regrets,’ (but) it was not one of the fonder moments in my life.”
February 2020: They cohosted the reality dating show ‘Love Is Blind’
Nick and Vanessa paired up with Netflix to cohost “Love Is Blind,” the hit reality show in which contestants fall in love without seeing each other until the proposal.
During their 2020 appearance on “Strahan, Sara and Keke,” they tied the premise back to their own relationship and explained that they had originally gotten to know each other in a similar way since they were living across the country when they first started dating.
“We actually spent a lot of time getting to know each other on the phone, kind of the old-school way …” Nick said. “You actually got to know somebody by spending hours and hours talking through everything and what made you tick, and it really kind of was the foundation for our relationship.”
August 2020: Vanessa said she hasn’t ruled out having a 4th child with Nick
In an August 2020 interview with Us Weekly, Vanessa did not shoot down the idea of having another kid when asked about it.
“I mean, I still like my husband, and he likes me,” she said. “So I guess anything’s possible.”