They got engaged on Thursday in California, and Lachey made the announcement on his Twitter. "If anyone's heard the rumors of my engagement, they are absolutely true!
As a couple, Nick and Vanessa Lacheyseem as inevitable as PB & J. I certainly hope I'm not gonna be the jerk-uncle-bachelor the rest of my life." He laughed.
Her nationality is American and belongs to mixed (Filipino, Italian, Irish, and Ashkenazi Jewish) ethnicity. She is the daughter of Vincent Charles Minnillo and Helen Ramos Bercero.
On the show they gave nothing away, with the two practically feigning disinterest in each other (though it was Vanessa's work place, after all, so really they conducted themselves quite professionally).
By the end of the year, however, they were far less shy, cuddling up at events and wearing matching USC caps on the sidelines at a football game that November.
And so their relationship progressed like any other, the pair a reliable presence on the red carpet circuit as Nick hit the studio and Vanessa continued on at and co-hosted the Miss Universe Pageant in 2007.
They were also welcomed into the unwelcome attention club as a couple that summer when they were photographed from afar during a romantic, supposedly private trip to Mexico to celebrate their first anniversary."This is the girl that I love," Lachey told magazine in July 2007, as their attorney tried to prevent even more intrusive photos from being published.
"It's tough to see someone you care about be unfairly judged. I was in Mexico with my girlfriend of a year, celebrating our anniversary on a private vacation."Vanessa had extra plaudits for her boyfriend, telling the magazine, "I see even more now that Nick is the man I thought he was. But as it turned out, this time, Nick had plenty left in the tank.