Gloriously marked his comeback with album “What's Left of Me” debuting at number 2 on Billboard Top 200 Album on its first week entering the chart, Nick Lachey seems fully prepared to regain his place under the spotlight he once had claimed in 1990s if looking from the schedule he has carefully compiled to be carried out throughout 2006. In the anticipation of his new sitcom, “She Said/He Said”, to come up, this charming singer tirelessly sets up to perform at KISS 95.7 Summer Kick off Concert held on May 21 in Hartford followed by another at 94.5 PST's PopFest 2006 by the next day in Trenton while slated to carry out radio concerts on May 25, June 5, and June 22 in 3 different U.S cities. Also joined the likes of Rihanna, The All-American Rejects, and Pink to highlight the KBKS-FM's Big Freakin' Deal show at The Key Arena in Seattle by June 25, the road to attain his goal is likely smooth enough for the blue-eyed star to undergo this time.
A son of German-American couple Cate Fopma-Leimbach and John Lachey, Nick was born Nicholas Scott Lachey on November 9, 1973 in Harlan, Kentucky and spent most of his early life in Cincinnati, Ohio where he later entered School for Creative and Performing Arts to develop his singing talent together with his younger brother, Drew Lachey. Also a huge fan of sports, this striking guy then shifted his attention to sports medicine when transferred his study from Los Angeles' University of Southern California in Los Angeles to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, but finally returned to music upon being convinced by a Canton native named Jeff Timmons to form a vocal group. As Drew also Nick's high-school buddy, Justin Jeffre, joined the lineup, the troupe afterwards enthusiastically headed for Los Angeles to audition for record labels and ultimately found themselves signed to Motown Records in 1997.
Christened the group 98 Degrees, the quartet instantly soared to be one of the popular boy bands in the nineties, producing five albums and some well-known hit singles like “Because of You”, “The Hardest Thing”, and “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” before put their partnership on hiatus by February 2002. Nick thus took his time to happily marry pop singing sensation Jessica Simpson on October 26, 2002 after an on-off relationship which lasted for about four years, holding a lavish private wedding ceremony in Dallas attended by close to 300 guests. Following this, an offer surprisingly came from MTV to film their new life as a couple in a reality show under the title of “Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica”, and feeling that the program could really support their singing career, the twosome subsequently gave their agreement to then see its first airing in August 2003 on the famed music network.
Much to Nick and Jessica's delight, “Newlyweds” was a phenomenal success as it soon managed to garner considerable attention across the States, even later increasingly boosted the sale of Jessica album “In This Skin” upon its re-launching in the same month. The same attainment, however, failed to be reached by Nick when he released his solo work, “SoulO”, on November 11, 2003 for it gravely sold for only about 28,000 copies on its opening week while was unable to place any single track on the Billboard charts. Though so, the popularity of the show had delightfully given the brown-haired hunk chance to spark a career in acting through several TV series, including “I'm with Her”, “Hope & Faith,” and notably “Charmed” besides appearances in ABC specials also involving his wife, namely “Nick and Jessica Variety Hour” plus “Nick & Jessica's Family Christmas” during the year 2004.
Nevertheless, things unexpectedly ran rocky by the time the couple entered 2005 since the rumors of their marriage crack were continuously featured in numerous celebrity gossip magazines and tabloids despite their constant denial of all the tidings. Sadly, the speculations concerning this matter were ultimately proven true by December 16 of the year as Jessica fixed her mind to file for a legal divorce citing irreconcilable differences in Los Angeles Superior Court. Though quite devastated by her decision, Nick kept moving on his career in the entertainment industry, persistently working on his next solo effort after ventured into film productions with an enactment in Peter Weller's vehicle, “The Hard Easy”, and a cameo appearance in Nora Ephorn's “Bewitched”, both came up in 2005. This return of his to music scene was first materialized in single “What's Left of Me” which satisfyingly rocketed to the top position on AOL.com before he finally released the studio album of the same title by May 9, 2006.
Waiting for his divorce with Jessica to be officially finalized, the charming hunk was for many times romantically linked to Hollywood scantily clad, naming one that became very popular among public was the young and beautiful US reality TV star Kristin Cavallari. Nick, moreover, also was linked to Kim Kardashian, a stylist who also is the daughter of O.J. Simpson's lawyer Robert Kardashian. The twosome was spotted chatted the night away at Hollywood hot spot Shag on May 15 the same year and were photographed on May 24 at an afternoon showing of "The Da Vinci Code" in Westwood. They were reportedly held hands as exited the theater, but separated when photographers started snapping.
Finally, the time has come. On June 30th, 2006 both Nick and Jess were “restored to the status of single, unmarried persons”. Yet, it has yet over as the now-pronounced single persons will still have to face another battle over their financial details. Regaining his single status, Nick next dated famous MTV VJ Vanessa Minnillo. The in-love couple became even more open up about their romance with Minnillo publicly stated that she and Nick are very happy together, claiming they are dating each other exclusively and are determined to make their relationships work, despite the fact that she lives in New York City and he lives in Los Angeles. Since then on, the lovebirds were often spotted making public appearances together, looks like they want the whole world to know they really are crazy in love.