Nicholas Scott Lachey (/ləˈʃeɪ/ lə-SHAY; born November 9,
1973) 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
1 Early life
3 Sports interests
4 Cannabis investor
5 Personal life
8 Awards and nominations
10 External links
Lachey was born in Harlan, Kentucky, the son of Cathalyn (née
Fopma) and John Lachey. He is the brother of singer and actor
Drew Lachey, alongside whom he has worked closely. 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
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 in February 2006
Lachey started his professional singing career at
Kings Island with
Justin Jeffre in the mid-1990s singing in a group quartet
throughout the park. 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
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. In 2005,
Newlyweds won a
People's Choice Award
People's Choice Award for
Favorite Reality Show before wrapping shortly after. On November
11, 2003, his solo debut album, SoulO, was released. Despite being
released during the success of Newlyweds, the album was a commercial
failure. Lachey took a recurring role on series
Charmed between 2004
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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
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. 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. 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,
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
NBC celebrity reality competition series called Stars Earn
On January 16, 2014, VH1 announced Lachey would resume hosting Big
Morning Buzz Live, upon its return on March 3, 2014.
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. 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
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. 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.
Lachey was among a group of investors that placed a marijuana
legalization initiative on the Ohio ballot in 2015. The initiative
sought exclusive grow rights for the group members while prohibiting
all other cultivation except small amounts for personal use.
Lachey appeared in a TV ad advocating for passage of the initiative,
but it was ultimately defeated.
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.
They became engaged in February 2002, and married on October 26,
2002, in Austin, Texas. 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." The couple's divorce was publicized worldwide
and was reportedly finalized on June 30, 2006.
Soon after the release of "What's Left of Me",
Lachey's 2006 music
video starring Vanessa Minnillo, he and Minnillo began dating.
They briefly broke up in June 2009, but by October 2009, Lachey
confirmed that they were back together after having been "single for a
minute". Lachey and Minnillo became engaged in November 2010,
and married on July 15, 2011, on Sir Richard Branson's private Necker
Island in the British Virgin Islands. The wedding was filmed and
televised on TLC. They have three children together: a son born in
September 2012, a daughter born in January 2015 and another
son born in December 2016.
Lachey is also on the Entertainment Council of the hunger-relief
organization Feeding America.
98 Degrees discography
Nick Lachey discography
98° and Rising (1998)
What's Left of Me (2006)
A Father's Lullaby (2013)
Soundtrack of My Life (2014)
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
Christmas in Rockefeller Center
Television special (NBC)
Episode: "To Tell the Truth"
Leslie St. Claire
I'm with Her
Episode: "I'm Not With Her"
Hope & Faith
Episode: "Just-In Time"
The Hard Easy
She Said, He Said
Main role; television pilot
Rise: Blood Hunter
Clash of the Choirs
One Tree Hill
2 episodes (Season 6, episodes 21 and 23)
Taking the Stage
Episode: "Powa Maka Moana (Pirate)"
Nick & Vanessa's Dream Wedding
Stars Earn Stripes
The Winner Is
Big Morning Buzz Live
Lachey's: Raising the Bar
Star vs. the Forces of Evil
Voice role; Episode: "Just Friends"
Dancing with the Stars
Contestant on season 25
Awards and nominations
Teen Choice Awards
Best Love Song: What's Left of Me (August 20, 2006)
Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon (August 20, 2006)
MTV Video Music Awards
Best Male Video: What's Left of Me (nominated) (August 29, 2006)
American Music Awards
Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist (nominated) (November 21, 2006)
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