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.The whole thing started when Vanessa played the woman who's ripping his heart out in his video for "What's Left of Me," the breakup-inspired ballad that to date is his biggest single as a solo artist.Lachey (and Simpson) had met Minnillo many times before on special that aired on MTV in April 2006. "I think we just kinda have to do what they call 'improv.' Wing it.Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo have called it quits, reps for each confirm to PEOPLE.
It's hard for me as a man to see my girl go through that. He's very strong and has a good head on his shoulders. He has single-handedly pulled me through."Their first scandal behind them, they rang in 2008 with a big kiss on Yet as they got more serious, and even though Nick knew he wanted the whole family package one day, he started to get cold feet. Perhaps as what would have been their third anniversary that July passed him by, he realized he was being ridiculous and the two were spotted looking very much a couple again at a bar in Los Angeles that August. "I don't pretend to know what the future holds, but everything's good.Nick remained speechless, so she turned to the camera and insisted, "No, how do we rehears? " She turned back to him, "How do you rehearse for emotional scenes? I don't think there's rehearsal time."Vanessa turned the flirt up in a friendly manner, and it's cute to see how flustered Nick gets, but while their playful chemistry was off the charts in their behind-the-scenes clips, they were also falling for each other in real life."He's a gem—mini-crush," Vanessa concluded when the shoot wrapped. "Just listen to him open up about how tough it was to watch his marriage unravel in the public eye.""It's great to see Nick dealing with his own heartache by talking about it and being so open and honest," Vanessa concluded.I never felt so helpless."Vanessa broke down in tears while talking about her son arriving 10 weeks early, saying that her only concern was Phoenix's safety: Earlier this year, Vanessa posted a photo of her and a happy, healthy Phoenix for Mother's Day. Let me be the first to tell you Mama's who want more kids... In the caption she wrote that "it's amazing how much more love you find in your heart for your family as it grows." I remember my first Mother's Day with each of my babies!
"We told them they were going away and the attire was 'island chic.' It was all very vague.""For us, this is just a stepping stone to do what we ultimately want and that's to start a family together," Vanessa said.