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Nick Lachey
Nick Lachey
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Lachey in March 2012
Nicholas Scott Lachey

(1973-11-09) November 9, 1973 (age 46)
OccupationActor, singer-songwriter, producer, television personality
Years active1995-present
TelevisionLachey's Bar
Jessica Simpson
(m. 2002; div. 2006)

Vanessa Minnillo
(m. 2011)
RelativesDrew Lachey (brother)
Musical career

Nicholas Scott Lachey ( l?-SHAY;[1] born November 9, 1973)[2] is an American actor, singer, and television personality. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the multi-platinum-selling boyband 98 Degrees, and later starred in the reality series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica with his then-wife, Jessica Simpson. He has released four solo albums: SoulO, What's Left of Me, A Father's Lullaby, and Soundtrack of My Life. He also had a recurring role on the television series Charmed.

Early life

Lachey was born in Harlan, Kentucky, the son of Cathalyn (née Fopma)[3] and John Lachey.[4][5] He is the brother of singer and actor Drew Lachey, alongside whom he has worked closely. His maternal grandfather, Robert James Fopma, was of Dutch descent. Nick's other ancestry is English, Scottish, Irish, German, and distant Welsh and French (his surname originates in the Alsace region of France). He attended grade school at Clovernook Elementary School in North College Hill, Ohio (a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio), and then went to the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon. In the fall of 1992, he enrolled at the University of Southern California, according to a statement he made during his guest appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show on December 12, 2013.


Lachey started his professional singing career at Kings Island with friend Justin Jeffre in the mid-1990s singing in a group quartet throughout the park.[6][7] Lachey was a member of boyband 98 Degrees along with his brother, Drew, Justin Jeffre, and Jeff Timmons. Their debut album was the self-titled 98 Degrees; however, the band's first real success came with their follow-up album 98 Degrees and Rising. 98 Degrees has sold over 10 million records. 98 Degrees performed a one-off summer reunion show in Hershey, Pennsylvania, at the Summer Mixtape Festival on August 18, 2012, their first concert in more than a decade.[8]

During the summer of 2003, the reality show, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, starring Lachey and then-wife Jessica Simpson began airing on MTV. The couple starred in the television special The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour," which aired in 2004 and was compared to The Sonny & Cher Show.[9] In 2005, Newlyweds won a People's Choice Award for Favorite Reality Show before wrapping shortly after.[10] On November 11, 2003, his solo debut album, SoulO, was released.[11] Despite being released during the success of Newlyweds, the album was a commercial failure. Lachey took a recurring role on series Charmed between 2004 and 2005.[12]

Lachey at Ramstein Air Base in April 2005

What's Left of Me was released on May 9, 2006 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. The album was certified Gold, after selling more than 500,000 copies domestically. The first single from the album was the title track, "What's Left of Me", released on February 21, 2006. The song became a hit, reaching a peak position of number six on the Billboard Hot 100. The video for "What's Left Of Me" featured former MTV VJ, Vanessa Minnillo. Lachey recorded "Ordinary Day" for the Oprah Winfrey-produced film, For One More Day. Lachey began working on his third solo album in 2007.[13] Lachey also starred in a well known TV series, One Tree Hill, as a singer at Red Bedroom Productions. It was announced in January 2010 that Jive Records had put his new album on hold indefinitely.[14] In June 2010, Lachey confirmed that he had parted ways with Jive Records.

Taking the Stage, a musical reality show documenting the lives of high school students at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, premiered on MTV in March 2009. It was produced by Lachey. In December 2009, he hosted The Sing-Off, a four-part American singing competition featuring a cappella groups, a role he reprised during December 2010 for the show's second and third season on NBC. Lachey was a contestant in the NBC celebrity reality competition series called Stars Earn Stripes.[15]

On January 16, 2014, VH1 announced Lachey would resume hosting Big Morning Buzz Live, upon its return on March 3, 2014.[16][17]

On September 6, 2017, Lachey was announced as one of the celebrities who will take part on the 25th season of Dancing with the Stars, competing against his wife Vanessa. He was paired with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd.[18] Murgatroyd's husband, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, was paired with Vanessa. On October 23, Lachey and Murgatroyd were the fifth couple to be eliminated from the competition, leaving in ninth place.[19]

Lachey is the host of a new musical competition on Nickelodeon titled America's Most Musical Family[20] premiering November 1, 2019.[21]

Sports interests

Lachey is part owner of the Hollywood Fame, a team in the American Basketball Association that began play in fall 2006, and was part of an ownership group of the Tacoma Rainiers, the Seattle Mariners' Triple-A affiliate. Lachey is also a die-hard Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, and Cincinnati Bearcats fan.[22] On April 7, 2009, Lachey threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the MLB Opening Day game in Cincinnati, Ohio. On July 9, 2011 Lachey sang the National Anthem for the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky.

Cannabis investor

Lachey was among a group of investors that placed a marijuana legalization initiative on the Ohio ballot in 2015.[23] The initiative sought exclusive grow rights for the group members while prohibiting all other cultivation except small amounts for personal use.[24] Lachey appeared in a TV ad advocating for passage of the initiative, but it was ultimately defeated.[25]

Personal life

Lachey with wife Vanessa Minnillo in March 2012

In December 1998, Lachey and fellow singer Jessica Simpson were introduced by their shared manager at a Christmas event. They subsequently began dating after meeting again at a Teen People event in January 1999, but broke up for five months beginning in April 2001 until getting back together following the September 11 attacks.[26] They became engaged in February 2002,[27] and married on October 26, 2002, in Austin, Texas.[28] In November 2005, after months of tabloid speculation, Lachey and Simpson announced they were separating. Simpson filed for divorce on December 16, 2005, citing "irreconcilable differences."[29][30] The couple's divorce was publicized worldwide and was reportedly finalized on June 30, 2006.[31]

Soon after the release of "What's Left of Me", Lachey's 2006 music video starring Vanessa Minnillo, he and Minnillo began dating.[32] They briefly broke up in June 2009,[33] but by October 2009, Lachey confirmed that they were back together after having been "single for a minute".[34] Lachey and Minnillo became engaged in November 2010,[35] and married on July 15, 2011, on Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands.[36] The wedding was filmed and televised on TLC.[37] They have three children.[38][39][40][41]

Lachey is also on the Entertainment Council of the hunger-relief organization Feeding America.[42]


98 Degrees

Solo albums


Year Title Role Notes
1998 City Guys Himself
2003--2005 Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica Himself
2003 Room Raiders Guest
2003 Christmas in Rockefeller Center Musical Guest
2004 American Dreams Tom Jones Episode: "To Tell the Truth"
2004 Charmed Leslie St. Claire 6 episodes
2004 I'm with Her Tyler Vance Episode: "I'm Not With Her"
2004 Hope & Faith Chris Episode: "Just-In Time"
2005 Bewitched Vietnam Soldier Cameo
2006 Twins Charlie Episode: "Himbo"
2006 Overhaulin' Himself Episode 73
2007 The Hard Easy Jason Burns Main role
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Dwayne Cameo
2008 Clash of the Choirs Choir Director
2009 One Tree Hill Himself 2 episodes (Season 6, episodes 21 and 23)
2009 Taking the Stage Himself/Guest
2009-2014 The Sing-Off Host
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Tyler Episode: "Powa Maka Moana (Pirate)"
2011 Nick & Vanessa's Dream Wedding Himself
2012 Stars Earn Stripes Himself
2013 The Winner Is Host
2014-2015 Big Morning Buzz Live Host
2015 Lachey's: Raising the Bar Himself
2016 Burgers, Brew & 'Que Himself Reality television
Episode: "Phenomenal Philly Food Feast"
2017 Dancing with the Stars Himself Contestant (season 25)
2017 Top Chef Junior Himself Guest judge
2017 Drop the Mic Himself Episode: "Mayim Bialik vs. Kunal Nayyar / Ashley Tisdale vs. Nick Lachey"
2018 Miss USA 2018 Co-Host/Performer (98 Degrees)
2019 Sugar Rush Himself Guest Judge, Episode: "Made with Love"
2019 Miss USA 2019 Co-Host/Performer (Solo)

Awards and nominations

ASCAP Pop Music Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2007 "What's Left of Me" Most Performed Song Won
American Music Awards
  • Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist (nominated) (November 21, 2006)
Groovevolt Music and Fashion Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2007 What's Left of Me Best Pop Album - Male Nominated
"What's Left of Me" Best Pop Song Performance - Male Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards
  • Best Male Video: What's Left of Me (nominated) (August 29, 2006)
Teen Choice Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result
2000 "Where You Are" (with Jessica Simpson) Choice Music: Love Song Won
2003 Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica Choice TV: Reality Hunk Nominated
2004 Choice TV: Reality/Variety Star - Male Nominated
2005 Himself Choice TV: Personality - Male Nominated
Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon: Male Nominated
2006 Won
Choice Hottie: Male Nominated
"What's Left of Me" Choice Music: Love Song Won


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Host of Miss USA with Vanessa Lachey
2018, 2019

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