|By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith |
Mar 17, 2009
Nick Lachey's relationship with Vanessa Minnillo has certainly been the topic of tabloids at times, but the musician, for the most part, has had a break from media scrutiny since his much-publicized marriage to Jessica Simpson. He admits it's been a welcomed difference. "It's been a nice change to be a little more private and to have a little more privacy. I realize that the tables can turn very quickly, so I just keep working hard," Lachey tells us in between filming his guest spot on "One Tree Hill."
"You learn early on in this business that public intrigue is a big part of it. There are certain aspects of your life that are going to be more looked at and scrutinized than they were before. It comes with the territory. I've just learned to live my life as best I can and not worry too much about it."
Besides promoting his album "Coming Up For Air," which releases in May, Lachey has been hard at work behind the scenes with the new MTV show "Taking the Stage." The show, premiering March 19, documents the lives of students at Lachey's former high school, Cincinnati's School for the Creative and Performing Arts. "I describe it as a reality show version of 'Fame.' It's the antithesis of 'Laguna Beach,'" he adds. "It's a very urban school with an eclectic student body. It's just a very unique school setting, and the only thing that really matters is talent."
Lachey, who serves as executive producer on the show, says the project ended up being very near and dear to his heart. "I had such a positive experience at that school. It's why I'm in this business to begin with," he notes. "I just thought this would be a great way for me to give back and help the school by raising money for them and raising the level of exposure for them."