Nick Lachey finally proposed to Vanessa Minnillo: they are engaged!

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Us Weekly has confirmed that Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey are engaged. Can someone stay with Jessica Simpson? Yeah, she’s in the bathroom throwing up after spending the night downing straight tequila. Just pull her hair back and put a trash can by her side. Don’t lay her on her back! Back to Nick and Vanessa – that’ve been together since 2006, with only a couple of bumps in the road, like this past summer’s breakup. I always thought that Nick was a little gun-shy, given his first experience with marriage was so awful, and I actually had a wager (with myself) that Nick and Vanessa would never marry. But he proposed a few days ago… and he even had a good ring! Asscher cut! Good boy.

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo are engaged, reps for both stars tell UsMagazine.com exclusively.

“We’re excited and incredibly happy about our engagement and we look forward to a wonderful future together,” the couple tells Us in a statement.

“They’re so happy, doing great,” a source adds. “Thrilled about it.”

According to another source, Lachey proposed with an Asscher-cut diamond with baguettes from Bader & Garrin.

“I popped the question on bended knee,” Lachey tweeted Thursday. “I do a lot of squats so my knees are very strong.”

The two began dating in 2006, following his highly-publicized divorce from Jessica Simpson. Though they briefly split last summer, they got back together a short time later.

The True Beauty host recently told Parade their relationship has lasted all this time because they openly communicate.

“You have to talk through everything,” she said. “We talk daily about things that upset us. It’s about having a sounding board because if you hold in all your thoughts, dreams, anger and anxiety than you’re only hurting yourself.”

She said they have no plans to do a reality show a la MTV’s Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, which caused strain in Lachey’s relationship with Simpson, 30.

Chatting on Good Day Philadelphia last year, the Sing-Off host — whose show was just renewed for a second season — said he was “happy” with Minnillo, whom he described as “a very smart girl. She’s far smarter than I!”

Lachey and Minnillo have another reason to celebrate: They both have birthdays Nov. 9.
Lachey will be 37; Minnillo, 30.

[From Us Weekly]

Good for them, and congratulations. I think Vanessa has stuck by him and shown him that she’s in it for the long haul, and I’m sure Nick appreciates that most of their life together is private, and not for mass consumption. Do you think Vanessa is knocked up? Ye Olde Standby for getting a guy to propose? Could be. I wouldn’t put it past her, but maybe not.

Whatever happens though, I hope Vanessa enjoys the hell out of Jessica Simpson’s money.

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  1. brin says:

    Love them together….a real couple….congrats & much happiness!!!

  2. PrettyTarheel says:

    I love poor dumb Jessica Simpson, but I also thought Nick was a sweet, decent guy who got used and abused by the Papa Joe Meat Grinder, so I’m so glad he’s found happines with only a Level 1 fame whore with no family insanity, as opposed to a Level 5 fame whore family.

  3. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Their dull and contribute nothing…I could care less they are getting married. I can’t imagine why super successful Jessica would care. Jess honey even if you never find love being a successful business woman is probably even better. It has to be.

  4. Sarah says:

    Good for them.

  5. alejandro says:

    Boring couple. The only way to make it interesting is to throw Jessica in the mix but she doesn’t care and isn’t regretful of letting him go like so many people think she is.

  6. Jacq says:

    I hope those little Keebler elves are ready, cause Jessica’s coming for their cookie dough!!!
    Expect lovey-dovey “candids” of Eric, Jess and, of course, Papa Joe soon.

    “I do lots of squats, so my knees are very strong.” ugh! Which one was the prize again?

  7. Samigirl says:

    I think they are pretty. Congrats to them!

  8. launicaangelina says:

    i used to watch newlyweds when it was on the air – jess and nick had such issues. lots of people like knocking vanessa but i think she and nick are good for one another. they keep so much under the radar – unlike jess who is so desperate for attention.

  9. Hautie says:

    Dang and I thought Vanessa would not be able to get that ring out of Nick.

    Now poor Eric J. is not going to have any peace till Jessica gets a ring.

  10. guesty says:

    more deets would be nice…like where he proposed & let’s see that ring!

    ita…eric will not get any peace til jess gets one too & we all know papa joe will be trying to one up this news.

  11. Po says:

    I think Nick and Jessica were cute together and that’s the most I can say about that. He seemed normal and honestly I don’t think Jessica cares now. She has a new man and is in heaven. However, in 20 or 30 years I think she will look back and regret not just having a normal marriage with a normal guy and no Papa Joe involved.

  12. Bodhi says:

    Good for them! I went to high school with Vanessa & it makes me wonder if they’ll get married out in Cali or back home in Charleston. There are loads of plantations you can rent for a huge expensive shindig!

  13. lilred says:

    @ Bodhi- what was she really like?

  14. Jezi says:

    Now them I’m happy for. Love them, glad they are going strong. Hope it lasts.

  15. ElizabethM says:

    Wow, if they have kids then the kids’ dimples will rival those of the Garner-Afflecks! The cute overload could cause me to not be so grumpy. ;)

    On a sidenote, who made Vanessa’s jacket? I love it.

  16. bellaluna says:

    I like them. I think Jess has been jealous since the get-go, and she always will be. When you let go of the best thing that’s ever happened to you, it’s inevitable.

  17. Bodhi says:

    Well, she was the head cheerleader & homecoming queen & all that & then she won Miss Teen USA… She was nice enough I guess, pretty stuck up, but I don’t think she was ever outright mean to anyone, not that I saw anyway. I know that she did get some passes when it came to actual school work tho…

  18. Lin99 says:

    I would be gun shy to if I had married/divorced J Simpleton…..I’m glad he found a nice normal girl, with some brains

  19. kelBear says:

    Ew, don’t like either of them.

  20. TG says:

    I have always thought Vanessa was so beautiful and exotic looking. She and Nick are cute together and she must really love him because she could do way better in the money and man department.

    As for Jess being in heaven of course she is she has a man to lead her around. The good news is she seems to have broken up with papa joe or at least I don’t see any more creepy pics of him stalking her like in the old romo and lachey days.

    I only wish the beloved Willie Nelson wouldn’t have attached himself to her movie or her family. He is way too good to be associated with the non-talented simpson family.

  21. Kevin says:

    She’s an old Jeter reject. Matter of fact she stiff armed Nick until she was sure he was done servicing her.

  22. Mairead says:

    Who?

  23. samanthalous says:

    Yawn, happy for them though.

  24. Will says:

    Good for them both. God knows that Nick deserves a little happiness in his life after having to deal with the cousin of Frankenstein. They look happy together and way better than with Nick being with Jessica…..

  25. crazydaisy says:

    why did i think she was with zac efron? that must be another vanessa.

  26. Camille says:

    I’ve always thought of Vanessa as a prettier, more likable and smarter version of Jessica Alba. I also think that Vanessa was an upgrade (at least in looks) for Nick over Jessica (who I am not a fan of).

    I wish these 2 the best. If they stay together long enough to have kids, they will be adorable.

  27. Jen says:

    Jessica is way better screw nick and that whore of Vanessa