Nick and Vanessa Lachey's Relationship Timeline Involves 'TRL,' a Brief Breakup, and a Lot of PDA

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Nick and Vanessa Lachey's Relationship Timeline Involves 'TRL,' a Brief Breakup, and a Lot of PDA
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Vanessa and Nick Lachey have been dating since the dawn of time, aka 2006. And like most early aughts couples, their origin story involves TRL, a steamy music video, a public NYE kiss, and a slightly messy breakup, complete with a romantic reunion. In other words: there's a lot to cover when it comes to these Love Is Blind co-hosts, and we're taking it back all the way to the beginning. The year? 2006. The vibe? Low waisted jeans, platform sandals, middle-parted hair, and baby tees. So...basically same as right now.

Circa 2006

Nick and Vanessa first met on TRL (reminder: Vanessa was a host!), but they didn't start dating until she starred in his music video for "What's Left of Me."

As Nick told Billboard, "I wouldn’t necessarily say TRL brought us together, but that was definitely part of our time together—me being a musician and her being on-air talent. I saw her multiple times throughout the years when she was on TRL."

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Photo credit: Scott Gries - Getty Images

Meanwhile, Vanessa noted, "It wasn’t until, coincidentally, I broke up with my longtime boyfriend and he was getting divorced that we ended up reconnecting. He did a solo album and he asked me to do the video for 'What’s Left of Me.' And he’ll joke, 'In my grand marketing scheme I thought if I get the girl who is on TRL to do my video, she’ll play it on the show.' Little did he know I had no pull! My joke is I never got paid to do the video. And of course he’s still paying to this day, if you ask him. But the video, which was on TRL, was the beginning of our relationship. That’s what made it no longer friends and it got romantic. To the point that if you go back and look at the video, when he came to premiere it, I was so nervous and so crushing him that I didn’t show up for work that day. I called in sick."

Obviously they ended up connecting later that year!

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Photo credit: Evan Agostini - Getty Images

October 12, 2006

Nick and Vanessa are spotted on a date night during their early days of dating.

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Photo credit: Rob Loud - Getty Images

December 31, 2006

And then they're spotted sharing very public kiss on New Year's Eve!

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Photo credit: Astrid Stawiarz - Getty Images

February 2, 2007

Paps were a big (and pretty toxic) thing at this time, and naturally they had their eye on Nick and Vanessa's party PDA:

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Photo credit: James Devaney - Getty Images

February 10, 2007

Pretttty sure this is their first red carpet together:

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Photo credit: Jon Kopaloff - Getty Images

June 23, 2009

Nick and Vanessa briefly break up. Her rep tells People, “They have amicably split but remain good friends who still greatly care for one another," while a source notes they are “still friends" and "it was the right thing for both of them to do.”

Vanessa gave Nick an ultimatum (which she later revealed on The Ultimatum, no less) saying, "We dated for five years. So I finally said, 'What are we doing?' I have now moved in with him, I renovated his entire bachelor pad, there was a bar in the pool. I'm like, 'Whatever you want!' Now I'm like, 'Okay, well, I want to put kids in the pool.'"

Here they are mere days before their breakup on June 17:

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Photo credit: Jason LaVeris - Getty Images

September 4, 2009

Nick and Vanessa are spotted getting "cozy" post-split, but a source tells People that "Nick and Vanessa are not officially back together, but they're hanging out. They'll see what happens. Maybe a reconciliation will happen, but they're not exclusive right now."

October 8, 2009

Nick and Vanessa get back together, and Nick confirms as much in an interview with Good Day Philadelphia (via Us Weekly), saying, "I am happy in a relationship. I was single for a minute, there, and then we've kind of patched things up."

Meanwhile, a source tells People, "They've always had a lot of love for each other, but they took a little break, and now they're working on their relationship."

November 24, 2010

Nick proposes to Vanessa! People drops the news, with the couple giving a joint statement saying, "We're excited and incredibly happy about our engagement and we look forward to a wonderful future together."

Oh, and Nick also tweeted about it:

July 15, 2011

Nick and Vanessa get married during a small ceremony with just 35 friends and family in attendance.

Naturally, there was a TLC special:

September 12, 2012

Nick and Vanessa welcome their son, Camden! They release a statement, saying, "We are incredibly proud to announce the birth of our beautiful baby boy, Camden John Lachey. Born today at 6:54 p.m., he came into this world at 8 pounds, 9 ounces and 21 inches."

January 5, 2015

The couple welcome their daughter Brooklyn Elisabeth Lachey, and they announce the news on Vanessa's since-defunct website (via Us Weekly). "She's HERE!!!! Nick, Camden, and I are SO excited to announce the birth of our sweet, beautiful baby girl, Brooklyn Elisabeth Lachey! She was born January 5, 2015 at 5:17 p.m. She weighed in at 7 pounds 15 ounces, is 21 inches long, and has already won over all of our hearts."

Here's Brooklyn celebrating her 7th birthday back in January!

October 2018

Nick and Vanessa film Love Is Blind together!

December 24, 2020

Nick and Vanessa welcome their third child, a baby boy named Phoenix Robert Lachey.

March 13, 2021

Vanessa reveals the secret to her marriage: spontaneous intimacy. “It’s always a secret to any marriage," she tells Us Weekly. "Anytime that you can find spontaneous intimacy with your partner, I think, is a go! It will never backfire on you.”

Circa 2021

Nick and Vanessa move their family to Hawaii for Vanessa's new role in NCIS. "I told the kids and they were gung ho because they think that Hawaii is water slides, play," she tells Entertainment Tonight that September. "I ask them all the time, 'Are you happy or no?' And they're like, yeah! So they're very happy here, they love it here. They're island babies. I didn't even realize I had island babies until I brought them here."

June 19, 2022

So, what's the vibe for Nick and Vanessa in 2022? Non-stop cuteness with their family pretty much. Ahem:

And with that, I'm gonna go re-watch The Ultimatum (pray for me!).

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