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Vanessa Minnillo: Nick Lachey and I Are Engaged!

Posted by on November 5, 2010 at 12:06 PM EST

vanessa minnillo engagedNick Lachey and longtime girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo agree to tie the knot!

Nick Lachey of 90’s boy-band 98˚ and MTV reality show fame has finally popped the question to long time gf Vanessa Minnillo, according to rumors.

Gossip swirled that Nick proposed to Vanessa near a beach in California where the couple lives, and Lachey cleared the air yesterday afternoon. Nick confirmed the two were indeed engaged on the world’s fave 140-character rumor squasher, Twitter.

Says Nick Lachey Thursday: Hey all. If anyone’s heard the rumors of my engagement, they are absolutely true! Vanessa and I couldn’t be happier. Thanks for all the love.

Vanessa Minnillo slid safely into Hollywood on the coattails of beauty pageant fame in the early 2000s. From 2003-07 Minnillo was a host of MTV’s TRL, and was also an NYC correspondent for Entertainment Tonight from 2005-07. Minnillo most recently worked as host of ABC’s True Beauty from 2009-10.

Vanessa and Nick’s dating life was largely publicized due to Nick’s previous marriage and ultimate split from pop star Jessica Simpson. Lachey and Simpson starred in their own MTV reality series, Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica that somehow survived four seasons. By 2005, Nick Lachey realized his “what the  ” moment was four seasons worth of lapsed judgment, and the air-heady Jessica Simpson and Lachey divorced.

Vanessa and Nick began dating in 2006, had a brief hiatus in 2009, and were back on again earlier this year. We’re happy for Vanessa Minnillo and Nick, and look forward to seeing beautiful squinty-eyed olive skinned babes in their future. But please, guys, no reality shows.



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