Nick Lachey is surprisingly gracious about Jessica Simpson

Just when I’ve grown to expect the worst, the most immature, the most gratuitous behavior from celebrities, I get a surprise. It was a nice little interview with Nick Lachey in People Magazine. Remember, for much of last week, the tabloids were playing a little back-and-forth game about whether Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey would or could get back together, now that they’re both single at the same time. It was even US Weekly’s cover story last week, that’s how crazy it had gotten. Nick took himself over to People to give his first quote about the whole juicy story. Instead of saying something like, “Dude, I tried to warn Tony,” Nick was very gracious. All he says about Jessica is that he wishes her “the best, as I’ve always done.” Aw… nice.

Although Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, former spouses and stars of the reality show Newlyweds, now find themselves suddenly single at the same time, Lachey insists there is no reunion planned.

“I think it’s fun storytelling, but there’s very little truth to any of it,” the singer told PEOPLE at a party at Dusk at the Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City Saturday night. “I certainly have heard about her breakup and I wish her the best, as I’ve always done. Aside from that, there really is nothing to say.”

So has he reached out to his ex-wife since her sudden split with Tony Romo? “I haven’t talked to her in probably two years,” Lachey says. “I wish her happiness. That’s where it pretty much ends.”

As for his own recent breakup with girlfriend of three years, Vanessa Minnillo, Lachey doesn’t seem to be too torn up over it. “I’m in a good place,” he says. “I’ve learned, through years of not only being in this business, but being in relationships, that you have to take it as it goes. With every experience, you learn something about your life, and you try to take that and move on and be a better person because of it. We’ll see what happens.”

Lachey has been focusing on his music lately. His new album, Coming up for Air, will be released this October, and the first single will come out next month. “It’s reflective of a lot of different sides of me. It’s still pop but it’s a little more produced. It’s weird because music has changed so much, and as you get older, you have to see where the music scene is going but at the same time be true to who you are. I can’t really go out and do what I used to do, it’s just a different game.”

While he has no plans for a return to reality television, he doesn’t rule it out. “I would never do it the way it was done with us – with people living in your house, essentially, and having 24-hour access to your life, in your home. That, to me, was not a healthy way to go about it. But I think that anyone that kinda denies the success of reality TV is kidding themselves.”

[From People]

Alright, Nick sort of used that interview as a way to promote his new album, but that doesn’t negate his general kindness. He could have been really rude to or about Jessica, and I’m glad he didn’t go down that road.

Meanwhile, People Magazine is still all over the Jessica/Tony split story. They were the first to break the news of the split, and I think that People is pretty much the official mouthpiece for the Simpson family. I’m judging that solely on last week’s People piece that told Jessica’s side of the story, without actually doing an interview with her. Most of the quotes sound like they came from Papa Joe Simpson, honestly. However, late Friday, People put up a story about how Jessica has been laying low post-split. The fact that it’s People Magazine pointing out that Jessica is laying low… well, it’s a nice little public relations conundrum. In any case, they’re really painting Jessica as utterly devastated, with quotes like “She is still with her family. She is surrounding herself with a network of support.” Meanwhile, Tony Romo is banging anything with two legs and a pulse. Sigh. Poor Jessica.

Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson are shown out together in August, 2005. He is shown alone in the header on 7/18/09. Credit:

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  1. Maritza says:

    They looked so cute together, I wish they would try again, who knows? maybe this time around it would work!

  2. giggly says:

    Nick has always been gracious to Jessica even when her people would trash him in the press. I bet they put it out there that Nick and Jessica were talking to make her look less patetic.

  3. Beth says:

    Nick has never said anything bad about Jessica so I don’t see why anybody would think he would do so now. If he was going to talk trash it would have been during the breakup or when things ended with John Mayer.

  4. Nev says:

    People should leave Nick alone he has been tortured by the Simpsons enough. He has always been nice to Jess even when they bashed him. We can see Nick don’t like living in the spotlight like the publcity seeking Simpsons.

  5. anonymous says:

    I LOVE Nick. I WISH they would get back together!!

  6. Trey says:

    I wonder what he gave Jess for her birthday. Probably not a dumpin’ or a DVD of themselves on tour, which could make him the nicest piece she’s ever dated.

  7. Wow says:

    He always has been gracious when the press ask him about Jessica. Even when the media tried to make a big deal about how his relationship with Venessa (at the time) had lasted longer than when she was with Mayer. He was also polite when they asked him what he thought of Jessica and the Tony’s first breakup.

    He just seems over it and her, but in a nice way.

  8. Iggles says:

    I’m so glad he’s not dealing with her. She’s a loser. She treated him like dirt and thought she could do better. Her fame from newlyweds got to her head and now look at her!!

    Her career is non-existent and she’s been dumped, *again*!! Karma is a b….

  9. irl500girl says:

    I like Jess but agree with Iggles. . .Karma gurlfriend. . . it’s a beyotch.
    Nick was, is and always been a good dude.
    She messed up divorcing him but. . . they were young, dumb and full of cum. Nick is right about learning from each relationship and moving forward. Going backwards very rarely works.

  10. Renee says:

    Oh Nick, I hope he settles down with a nice non-celeb. A girl that would really appreciate him.

  11. Dirty Martini says:

    The worst thing I ever heard anyone say about Nick was that he was a tad, ahem, frugal.

    Which by the way….there are worst things. Especially with the shape of healthcare, social security, the economy etc.

    Jessica was an absolute fool and idiot to lose him.

  12. Carrie says:

    I think that jessica Simpson made a bad call on letting go nick lachey. If you look at their duets and picture comparing to previous relationship they looked so in love. I hope that they reunite and try their relationship again. They were meant to be, the sign are there they both need to stop being stuborn and let there love flow for one another. Jessica needs to stand on her own two feet and stop letting her family especially her father to make the decisions for her. If she had just followed her heart she would have had her love of her life still beside her. I hope they get back with each other! If they are meant to be the lord will pull them back together
    no matter what. I know because I was stuborn just like jessica and lost the love of my life, we both dated other people but in the end I knew and he knew we where meant to be but we were both to prideful to call one another. Then one day my parents had set us up on a date without us knowing and saw each other again. We are now happliy married and I hope that jessica and nick can reunite to see if they are meant to be.