Vanessa Lachey has revealed that she and her husband Nick only realized they wanted to get married after they broke up and dated other people.
The TV host, 41, admitted that she and her singer, 48, decided to divorce temporarily when she opened up about past difficulties in their relationship.
Speaking to participants on Netflix’s The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On, Vanessa said she thought she ‘would never give a man an ultimatum’, but ended up doing just that five years into their relationship because she would marry and have children.
She explained: ‘We dated for five years. So I finally said, “What are we doing?” I had moved in with him, I had renovated his whole bachelor pillow, there was a bar in the pool, I was like ‘whatever you want’, and now I say, “OK, I want to put kids in the pool.”
Lawsuits: Vanessa Lachey has revealed that she and her husband Nick realized they would get married after taking a break and dating other people
The couple, who have three children together, tied the knot on Richard Branson’s Necker Island in 2011, five years after they began dating
‘So that was when I started dancing [waves her ring finger in the air]. ‘
Vanessa admitted that she and Nick broke up before finally deciding they wanted to get married, saying it took them dating other people to realize their commitment to each other.
She continued: ‘If I am completely honest and transparent, we took a break. We both saw a different person and we realized that if we got out of our own way, we could be amazing together.
‘But it took me a while to see someone else and I realized I did not like the things that bothered me or held me back.
‘I do not mind all that, the bigger picture is how I feel about that person and their values of wanting to be with me and know everything about me.’
“I think we have perspective,” Nick added.
Nick and Vanessa met when they starred in his 2006 music video, What’s Left Of Me, shortly after his breakup with Jessica Simpson.
The 41-year-old admitted that she and Nick, 48, decided to break up after five years of dating after she said she wanted to get married. They are pictured on the left in 2008 and on the right in 2021
Romance: Speaking on Netflix’s The Ultimatum, Vanessa said she thought she ‘would never give a man an ultimatum’, but ended up doing so five years inside their romance.
After their brief breakup in 2009, they reunited and continued to tie the knot in 2011.
The couple share sons Camden John, nine, and Phoenix Robert, five, as well as daughter Brooklyn Elisabeth, seven.
Elsewhere in the reality TV show, Vanessa shared her thoughts on how her husband Nick’s much-discussed marriage and divorce from Jessica affected their early relationship.
Nick and Jessica, 41, who were married from 2002 to 2006, became tabloid fixtures when they starred in the MTV reality show Newlyweds, and their subsequent separation gained worldwide media coverage.
Vanessa said she was going to experience Nick’s ‘very public divorce’ and was only able to ‘commit’ to their own relationship when they ‘let it go’.
“He was literally in a very public marriage and a very public divorce, and I had to go through all that very publicly, and it was very difficult for us,” Vanessa told the participants in the sixth episode of The Ultimatum.
She continued, ‘It was only in that moment that he thought,’ I let go of it, ‘and I said,’ I want to let it go, ‘and we really committed to each other.’
The couple have now been married for more than a decade and they share three children: sons Phoenix at five and Camden at nine and daughter Brooklyn at seven
Exes: Elsewhere in the reality TV show, Vanessa revealed how her husband Nick’s much talked about divorce from Jessica Simpson (pictured) affected their early relationship
In 2014, Nick’s ex-wife Jessica married NFL player Eric Johnson, with whom she shares three children: daughters Maxwell Drew at nine and Birdie Mae at three and son Ace Knute at eight.
Nick and Vanessa’s frank confession about their relationship barriers comes days after the former 98 Degrees singer was caught on camera attacking a celebrity photographer – who exclusively told DailyMail.com that she feared he would “knock her out” under his nonsense. rant.
The ex-pop star was caught on video where she lost her temper with Jody Santos, went out into an ugly mouth and tried to snatch her phone from her car after he was seen having dinner with Vanessa last month.
In a video shared on social media, the Love is Blind host can be seen approaching the woman and calling her a ‘p *** y mother f *** er’ before reaching into her vehicle.
Jody, a veteran paparazzo, told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview that she is still getting nervous after the Oscar night incident.
‘I’m still shaken by this. I really thought Nick would punch his fist through my car window, “she said.
‘In all my years of photographing celebrities, no one has ever tried to beat me. I’m just relieved I rolled my window up as fast as I did, otherwise he would have knocked me out. No doubt about it.’
Last month, Nick was caught on camera attacking a celebrity photographer who said she feared he would ‘knock her out’ as he reached into her car window during a rumbling horror.
Jody, who has been in the paparazzi industry for 18 years, said it is common practice in her profession to drive around famous places at night and take pictures of stars leaving smart restaurants.
As she drove through Beverly Hills on Sunday, she spotted Nick and Vanessa leaving the popular Mastro’s Steakhouse, where a 4-oz kobe steak can cost as much as $ 240 and garlic mashed potatoes cost $ 15.
Jody said she pulled over to the other side of the street and started taking pictures, but what happened next came as a complete shock to her.
‘Nick is not really on the radar. I just saw him and I figured I would get a picture of a couple coming out of a restaurant, “she said.
‘I have taken pictures of him many times and never had any problems, but this time was different.
‘He turned me away and then I heard Vanessa say,’ Grab them, open the door, ‘and then he started walking towards my car, completely aggressive.
‘I immediately unlocked my door and rolled up my window as fast as I could. Then he started banging on the window. I thought he was going to break his hand, so hard he hit the glass. I’m surprised he did not break the window. ‘
Drama: Vanessa and Nick co-host the Love Is Blind spin-off show The Ultimatum, which focuses on six couples after an ultimatum is set where they must decide to get married or move on
Big decisions: In the couples in the show, one person in the relationship is ready for marriage while the other has their own doubts
Vanessa and Nick co-host the Love Is Blind spin-off show The Ultimatum, which focuses on six couples after an ultimatum is set where they must decide to get married or move on.
In the couples in the show, one person in the relationship is ready for marriage while the other has their own doubts.
They are given an ultimatum, and while deciding what to do, they choose a new potential partner. to get to know – from the other couples.
They are able to choose a new partner to live with for a three week trial marriage where they move in together to find out if they could have a successful relationship or if their hearts remain with their existing partners.
The reason for the change of partner is that the participants have to catch a ‘glimpse of two different possible futures’ according to the streaming service.
After their trial marriages, they reunite with their original partners and move in together again for three weeks to test whether they are ready to go down on their knees – or whether they must let their relationship go forever.
The final two episodes of the series – Ultimatum Day and the reunion show – came on Netflix on Wednesday and will see the couple make their life-changing choices.