That was fast! One week after Star's report that Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo's three-year relationship had hit the breaking point, Nick stepped out as a single man at a series of bashes for the Kentucky Derby.
In the May 18 issue of Star, on sale now, we report that Nick stormed the Louisville party scene, looking for a little loving — and got it!
Nick and his brother, Drew, arrived at the Derby Spectacular at Glassworks on May 2 at 1:15 a.m. And while Nick's ex-wife, Jessica Simpson, tells June's Vanity Fair, "I have not spoken to him in years," it seems Nick can't get her off his brain. An eyewitness tells Star that Nick immediately zeroed in on curvy blonde Emily Gimmel, star of SOAPnet's new reality series, Southern Belles.
"She's a dead ringer for Jessica; I thought Nick's eyes were going to pop out of his head!" As Nick, 35, chatted with the 24-year-old stunner, "he was making it clear he was into her," the eyewitness adds. "Emily laughed, flipped her hair and flirted up a storm. She was obviously interested too."
After two hours huddled together, Nick and Emily exchanged numbers — and a huge hug.
But that's not all the action Nick got. The night before, he kissed another young hottie at the club Prime!What happened between Nick and the hottie at Prime? What did he say when he was asked about Vanessa? Pick up the new issue today for the full story.