Friday, December 25, 2020

Vanessa Lachey and Husband Nick Lachey Find 'a Lot of Silver Linings' This Year to Teach Their Children (Exclusive)


2020 hasn't been an easy year, with many people losing their jobs, falling victim to COVID-19, and businesses being forced to shut down. However, Vanessa Lachey and husband Nick Lachey have found a few "silver linings" and are using those experiences to teach their children, including helping them understand the importance of giving back. In an exclusive interview with, Lachey said she and her family are making a few new traditions and memories this year and shared how she and her family plan on spending the holidays.

"Nick and I have made it a priority to explain to our children about not just this time of year but overall what it is to be thoughtful and giving and kind and caring, and try to help out the less fortunate when we are in a position that is fortunate," Lachey explained during a PopCulture @ Home segment. "That's one word, so yeah, it's been a year where we found a lot of silver linings in ways to teach our children good things and also make some memories and moments and traditions with them."

As coronavirus cases are on the rise as the winter season quickly approaches, families and friends across the world are still in a tight situation on whether to gather for the holidays or not. Some states are mandating certain numbers of those who are allowed to gather, while others have been a little more lenient. For the Lachey family, like many, they have taken it upon themselves to play it safe this year. For Thanksgiving, the Love Is Blind host explained that they planned on keeping it small.

"It's different for everybody and I think that can be a good thing," Lachey explained as she is finding the positive in keeping her gatherings small this year. "It can be a time for us to really, literally slow down and just spend some quality time with family and just create those traditions. [...] For us, we're gonna stay here, just the five of us — which I guess we're pretty much already rolling deep. And honestly, I love a party, I love to throw a party. [...] [But] I'm really excited this year to not. It's just, we're gonna stay in our pajamas for as long as we can, wear our slippers, and we're still gonna make all the food because that's something that we look forward to."'

The mom of three partnered again with Libby's Vegetables to help bring her family the perfect Thanksgiving meal before she preps for the next holiday feast. "Yes, that's a big reason why I love my partnership with them," Lachey explained since Libby's is donating a large portion of proceeds to Feeding America. "[...] It's an organization Nick and I have been supporting for so many years and continue to support." Lachey then created a few new recipes with her kids using the brand and gushed over the time well spent with her kids and husband.

Nick and Vanessa Lachey joke around with a 'Lachey Boneyard' decoration outside their Los Angeles mansion: 'We LOVE Halloween


Vanessa and Nick Lachey are getting in the mood this Halloween

On Thursday, the 39-year-old Vanessa took to Instagram to share a glimpse at the 'Lachey BONEyard' decoration with a cheeky photo next to 46-year-old husband Nick. 

In the snap, the couple of nine years are seen on the front stoop of their Encino, California mansion surrounded by decorations, with one particularly notable piece between Nick's legs that stood out. 

Just in time for spooky season, Vanessa showed off her decorations with the caption, 'It's OCTOBER!!! Lachey BONEyard in full effect! We LOVE Halloween...who's with me?!?

The innuendo was quick to garner a comment of the same caliber from Nick, as he retorted back on Instagram. 

Things went into overdrive on the double entendre front as he commented, 'Why do I look so "stiff" in this picture? You get me "excited" for Halloween. Glad covid didn't give us the "shaft" on decorating.'

Nick Lachey rewrites iconic 98 Degrees song for coronavirus quarantine98


Nick Lachey put a spin on Music Monday in honor of the continued coronavirus quarantine.

The 46-year-old “Love Is Blind” host and singer shared a parody of “The Hardest Factor,” a success single carried out by his previous pop group, 98 Degrees, that discusses washing arms, isolating and social distancing.

“We each know that we shouldn’t be right here. This feels flawed. And child it’s killing me, it’s killing you,” he sings within the tune, which was posted to Instagram. “They’re telling us we gotta keep dwelling, we received some place else to be, different buddies to see. But when we go exterior proper now we’d unfold the illness. So I’ve made up my thoughts, I’m staying in the home. It’s time to quarantine ’trigger staying protected is what it’s all about.”

Transitioning into the refrain, the previous pop star croons, “Yeah, it’s the toughest factor we’ve ever needed to do. To remain caught in our home, simply watching all this dangerous information. It’s the toughest factor we’ve ever needed to attempt. To remain six toes aside after we go exterior.”

“Nothing to do, no sports activities on TV. Washed my arms a lot that they began to bleed. Rattling this quarantine,” he continues. “It’s the toughest factor we’ve ever needed to do. However ultimately it’s value it. Collectively we are going to get by way of.”

On the finish, he added, “Keep protected, everyone.”

Lachey’s spin on his previous tune comes days after JoJo reworked her hit single, “Go away (Get Out),” and Neil Diamond remade his “Candy Caroline” to encourage individuals to clean their arms as coronavirus continues to plague the world.

WATCH: Rent Stars From Broadway and Beyond Join Forces With #ArtsHeroes for Performance of the Musical’s ‘Will I?


Several stage and screen favorites—who have each appeared in some iteration of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning Rent—convened digitally for a virtual rendition of the musical’s “Will I?” The performance premiered as part of the new organization Be An #ArtHero’s Labor Day of Action September 7.

The grassroots campaign is calling on Congress for $43.85 billion in economic relief to the arts and culture industry through the DAWN Act, based on an open letter that was co-signed by over 10,000 supporters.

Featured in the video are original cast members Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Rodney Hicks, Aiko Nakasone, Fredi Walker-Brown, Gilles Chiasson, and Byron Utley; additional Rent Broadway alums Norbert Leo Butz, Will Chase, Wilson Cruz, Eden Espinosa, Joey Fatone, Tamyra Gray, Adam Kantor, Jeremy Kushnier, Drew Lachey, Telly Leung, Jose Llana, Michael McElroy, Jai Rodriguez, and Tracie Thoms (who also starred in the 2005 film); Annaleigh Ashford and Adam Chanler-Berat of the Off-Broadway revival; tour alums Aaron Tveit and Caissie Levy; Tveit's Hollywood Bowl co-star Skylar Astin; and three cast members of Fox’s recent small screen presentation: Jordan Fisher, Brennin Hunt, and Tinashe.

Joining them are a variety of arts workers from around the country who have been fighting for economic protections for the 5.1 million Americans who work in the arts during the public health crisis.

The video is produced by Jenny Grace Makholm, Meaghan Wilbur, and Robert Vornkahl (who also edited and mixed the track). Geoff Josselson and Katja Zarolinski of JZ Casting served as talent coordinators.

For more information about the campaign, visit

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey Have a ‘No Kids Allowed’ Vacation: We Love ‘Solo Time’



Parents’ day out! Nick Lachey and Vanesa Lachey enjoyed a solo vacation without their three kids.

Mom & Dad Weekend!” the former Total Request Live host, 39, captioned a Sunday, August 30, photo with the singer, 46. “No kids allowed. I LOVE our kids, but I Love our solo time together just as much! Weekends off from filming in Tahoe aren’t so bad! #LakeLife.”

In the social media upload, the couple grinned in front of a scenic backdrop. The former beauty queen rocked a striped bathing suit and a straw hat.

Yesssssss. Can we come????????” Molly Sims commented, while Jana Kramer wrote, “Yasssss.”

The couple share Camden, 7, Brooklyn, 5, and Phoenix, 3, and said that “anything is possible” when it comes to expanding their family.

“I mean, I still like my husband and he likes me,” Vanessa exclusively told Us Weekly last month when asked about baby No. 4.

She and Nick have been homeschooling their little ones amid the coronavirus pandemic, but don’t think they’re “built” for it.

“I don’t know how I’m going to teach phonics or math,” Vanessa told Us in August. “And there’s new math now. It’s different than the math that we [learned]. The good thing that I always remind myself is that we’re all in the same boat. We really, truly are all in the same boat. … We’re all behind together.

In order to make the experience “positive” for Camden, Brooklyn and Phoenix, the former Wipeout cohost told Us at the time that she was writing them letters. “[I’ll] just give them a little extra love because I know what it’s like to be overwhelmed as a parent,” she explained at the time. “Could you imagine what it’s like for [kids]?”

Vanessa and Nick tied the knot in July 2011. In March, the actress called “shower sex” the secret to their marriage during a “Total Bellas” podcast episode.

“So I’m in the shower and I’m like, ‘I have a full day. You have a full day. It’s either now or never,’” she told Nikki Bella and Brie Bella at the time. “The kids are at school. It happens and then later that night, if you get like the cherry on top, great. But if not, we already did shower sex.”

Vanessa Lachey Reveals Quarantine Forced Her and Husband Nick Lachey to Be More 'Patient' Together (Exclusive)



With 2020 posing challenges for many families across the country and the world, celebrities are no exception. In an exclusive interview with Vanessa Lachey for our PopCulture @ Home series, the mom of three admitted to that it's been a little crazy in the Lachey household with so much up in the air between work and school. However, that's not the only thing she's having to navigate. Quarantine has also shown her and her husband Nick Lachey areas they needed to work on in their relationship, revealing they had to learn to "communicate better" and develop "more empathy" for one another.

"I've realized that having a 3-, a 5-, and a 7-year-old — while it's incredible in its own right, and I'm very lucky that I am blessed with three kids — it's also the hardest time to be in a quarantine situation because they're still emotionally figuring out how to be and how to handle things and how to cope and how to understand everything," Lachey detailed, adding she, like many others, has had some "high highs and low lows" throughout this process — but what it's done for her marriage she's thankful for.

"And for my marriage, it's been really incredible in the sense that it's really forced us to, like, take our marriage and relationship to the next level," the Love Is Blind host confessed. "We've been together for 14 years and we've been married for nine, but we really had to communicate better," she continued. "We had to be patient more. We had to have more empathy with the other person's feelings and understanding, and it's just overall been like a learning experience."

While Lachey is learning to be "kinder" to herself through this process, she's also making an extra effort for her and the 98 Degrees boy-bander's children — Phoenix, 3; Brooklyn, 5, and Camden, 7 — as they try and navigate going back to school in such an uncertain time. Recently, she partnered with Rice Krispies Treats for its "Love in Case of" kits that provides parents the opportunity to write their kids a sweet note, but also raise money for No Kid Hungry. "I love that they are encouraging us to not be so overwhelmed [...] and to take a deep breath, and to know that we're all in this together, and we can all use a little extra TLC, especially our children and you can do it through a fun treat, literally!"

Vanessa Lachey Touches on How She's Navigating the School Year With Her Kids (Exclusive)



With students and parents gearing up for the school year with the pandemic still in play, it's been a confusing time for many. While many schools have opted for in-school teaching, others have chosen to do virtual classes instead, or a mixture of both. In an exclusive interview with, Vanessa Lachey touched on how she's going to help encourage her kids through this challenging time.

"The school year, overall, is just an uncertain time. You've got new teachers. You've got kids over the summer who have changes, whether it's a physical change or an emotional change," Lachey explained in our series PopCulture @ Home. "There's a lot of uncertainty. So overall, the new school year's already kind of overwhelming for kids. And then to add on top of that, the uncertainty of not knowing what's going on for parents: Are we homeschooling? Are we going to a campus? Are we doing hybrid? What's going on? Am I supposed to get another iPad?"

With all of the confusion, Lachey's hope for this year is to provide her kids with a sense of calmness in the midst of chaos. She and her husband Nick Lachey share Camden, 7, Brooklyn, 5, and Phoenix, 3. In an effort to provide as much stability as possible throughout this turbulent time for their children, she's partnered with Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats to celebrate their "Love in Case of" kit that provides 12 treats that come with enough packaging room for a sweet hand-written note from parents. "For every kit purchased on, they will donate $20 to No Kid Hungry, which is up to 200 meals," Lachey said.

Kellogg's conducted a survey that showed 80% of kids wish to have a handwritten note from their parents, which is something Lachey finds important, more now than ever. "Could you imagine if your 10-year-old is like, 'I really want my mom?' But they just don't say that," she said. "So what they've [Kellogg's has] done is they've realized that there's a huge communication gap between parents and kids, especially in the back-to-school-time."

The Love Is Blind host echoed why it's "important" for her "because I really realized through this process that we've all been going through, there's a lot of uncertainty. But at the end of the day, my kids will know that they're loved, that they're safe, that we are there for them, and anything that I can do to encourage that and reassure them of that or tell another mommy like, 'Hey, maybe we can all do it together,' and at the end of the day, as far as, like, academics, we're all in the same boat."

Vanessa Lachey Admits Being 'Fascinated' by 'Love Is Blind' With Husband Nick for Its Simplicity (Exclusive)



The Bachelor and The Bachelorette can move on over because Love Is Blind is coming through! When Netflix released its new reality series showing audiences a refreshing way of finding love, viewers were quickly enthralled. In an exclusive interview with for our series, PopCulture @ HomeLove Is Blind host Vanessa Lachey says she and husband Nick Lachey were "fascinated" by the premise behind the psychology of the show when they were first approached to be the series' hosts.

"When they told us the idea, Nick and I were so fascinated, because it's so simple," Lachey explained of the show, which has been picked up for two seasons on the streaming giant. "It's so important, and what I mean by simple is they basically said, 'You're developing an emotional relationship with somebody,' and that will be the foundation for a lasting relationship. You're taking out the external actors: physicality; social media; money; work; family; friends; television — I'm like, 'Oh?' And you're actually falling in love with the person."

Love Is Blind featured several men and women through their journey of falling in love with someone, to then getting engaged without having seen the person face-to-face first. Each couple would go into pods where they would have hours to chat with an individual they were interested in, getting to know one another for their personality and eliminating looks from the picture. While it sounds out-of-this-world crazy, to say the least, it not only captured the attention of a wide-ranging audience, but a few of the couples are still together today.

Though viewers may not have seen how in-depth and hands-on the Lacheys were, the mom-of-three said she and the former boyband member were on site to discuss the process with the cast after their dates. But they also got to know them on a personal level throughout filming. "When we were there, I was in the pod with the women — all the women [were] in the pods — I talked to them after most of the big dates, and Nick talked to the guys for most of the dates." She noted that the couple was there for eight weeks and heavily involved in the process.

"We went into their apartments together. We went on the romantic getaway with them. Like, we really got to know them. But at the end of the day, Nick and I would sit down together, and we would talk with a bourbon — like an old married couple — about relationships and the progression and who we think's gonna make it and why."

She added, "He [Nick] was like, 'If the people watching this show are even an ounce as infatuated as we are right now,' he's like, 'This is gonna be a big hit.' And he was right." It was easy for viewers to become invested because the show was like nothing that's been presented so far.

While the sweet pair helped others throughout their romantic process, Lachey says quarantine has taught her and Nick a thing or two about theirs. She's also prioritized being extra compassionate towards her kids throughout this time, even partnering with Rice Krispies Treats as they head back to school. The famous brand has created a limited edition "Love in Case of" kit as kids head back to school, and it allows and encourages parents to write a little note for their child, while they also get to enjoy a sweet treat.

"Kellogg has created this amazing kit, Love In Case Of — it is Rice Krispies Treats," she said of the 12-treat kit that retails for $10 on the official For every kit purchased, Kellogg's will donate $20 to No Kid Hungry, which is up to 200 meals. "Kellogg did a survey, and it was almost 80% of kids said that they wanted handwritten notes from their parents, and they weren't getting that," she said. Further noting how this is something she finds extremely important for parent-child relationships, especially during such challenging times, she wants her kids to know just how much she loves them and encourages them using handwritten notes.

Vanessa Lachey Stays Connected to Husband Nick Lachey With This Sweet Trick



From her lips to his ears! Vanessa Lachey came up with a creative way to stay connected to her husband, Nick Lachey, as they navigate the new normal of quarantine — lipstick love notes

“This has been a really amazing time for us and a really hard time for us,” the TV personality, 39, exclusively tells Us Weekly while promoting her collaboration with Rice Krispies Treats to develop limited edition “Love in Case of” kits, which help parents stay connected with their kids through a handwritten note.

She adds, “I think we’ve had our highest highs and our lowest lows as a couple, and it’s forced us to communicate better and things that we thought we kind of had under control or tools we used to use in our relationship.”

Vanessa says that the coronavirus pandemic forced her and the 98 Degrees member, 46, to realize that their relationship has changed over the years — and they didn’t even realize it

“I think a lot of it was crutched on the fact that we’re both working,” she explains. “So whether he would go on tour or I would go on set there was always a little bit of distance. And so now when you’re forced to be together 24/7 with three little ones, who also, you know, don’t really understand what’s going on. It kind of makes you have to reprioritize. I mean, we’ve been together for 14 years, married for nine and we still put our family first. I need different things now than I did 14 years ago. And he does as well.”

The former Total Request Live host decided to spice up their communication by writing a note with “lipstick on the mirror” to tell him “‘I love you,’ or ‘You’re amazing’ or ‘Thank you for being all that.'”

Although their connection has gotten stronger, Vanessa admits “it wasn’t an easy road” to navigate their struggles but they were determined to put in the hard work.

“So it’s back to communicating,” she says. “It’s me writing a note on his mirror with lipstick and letting him know I’m thinking of him. We all like to hear it. We all want to hear it. It’s, almost, like, such a cliche to go, well, ‘You know, I love you.’ I’m like, ‘OK, but I still want to hear it.”

Vanessa and Nick got engaged in November 2010 and tied the knot eight months later. They are the parents of son Camden, 7, daughter Brooklyn, 5, and son Phoenix, 3.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Vanessa Lachey on how quarantine has strengthened her marriage to Nick Lachey: We 'communicate better'

Vanessa Lachey is working on being her best self, mother, and wife every day.

As she continues to quarantine at home in Los Angeles, the former "TRL" host spoke with Fox News about finding the silver lining amid all the uncertainty the future holds right now.

"I found that [quarantine has] allowed me and my husband [Nich Lachey] to learn how to communicate better because when we aren't communicating on the same page we are shorter tempered and not as patient," she admitted.

She and Nick married in 2011 and share three kids: sons Camden, 7, and Phoenix, 3, and daughter Brooklyn, 5.

"You don't want to be that way," Lachey continued. "You don't [want] to be snappy and punchy around your kids or to your spouse or to your friends. So we've learned how to take a beat and communicate better."

The "Truth Be Told" actress has also learned "to be kinder" to herself and practice self-love because the pandemic is a difficult time for all of us. "When your cup is full, you can be a better mom and a better wife and a better friend," she advised.

One of Lachey's main focuses during quarantine has been the safety and well-being of her kids, emotionally and physically.

She and Nick still don't know the status of their kids' school year right now and although the mom of three can't predict the future she can give her kids "as much emotional confidence as they [need] by telling them how amazing they are and how great they're still going to be."

Vanessa Lachey partnered with Rice Krispies for the company's 'Love in Case of' project 

Vanessa Lachey partnered with Rice Krispies for the company's 'Love in Case of' project  (Kellogg)

She still plans on doing the "First Day of School" picture and keeping them in as normal of a routine as possible. That's why Lachey partnered with Rice Krispies on its “Love in Case of” kits which provides parents a blank space on the wrapper to write an empowering and encouraging note to their kids.

"Kellogg did a survey and near 80% of kids are craving that extra love and attention and want that handwritten note," she said. "Take a little extra time to give your kids that TLC. It's important for parents and kids to connect."

Lachey's goal is for her kids to feel comfortable being who they are and expressing themselves as they get older. It's a lesson that the "Love Is Blind" host learned from her "TRL" hosting days early on.

Vanessa Lachey (L) and Hilary Duff (R) during a visit to MTV's 'TRL' studios in New York City back in 2007.

Vanessa Lachey (L) and Hilary Duff (R) during a visit to MTV's 'TRL' studios in New York City back in 2007. (Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)

"TRL taught me early on to be myself and to be comfortable with being myself," she said. "[It taught me] to listen when I'm interviewing somebody and to be present while I'm on camera. It was live every day... five days a week and you had to roll with the punches."

The experience allowed her to become a multi-hyphenate media personality and she easily pivots from hosting to acting to working with brands she believes in.

Marty Brennanman 'How We Lookin'?' Film Premieres Monday, Aug. 17 (Nick Lachey Cameo)


And this one belongs to Reds fans!

After 18 months, we can finally see Terry Lukemire's Marty Brennaman documentary, How We Lookin?: The Immortal Words of Marty Brennaman at Amelia's Starlite Drive-In Monday, Aug. 17.

So, how we lookin'?

The three-minute trailer gives us a good indication. It includes Marty's greatest hits from radio (Pete Rose breaking Ty Cobb's hit record; Tom Browning's perfect game; Hank Aaron's record-tying home run No. 714) edited together with game video or film.

Brennaman, who retired last year after 46 seasons, comments throughout the film along with Rose, Browning, son Thom Brennaman, Jeff Brantley, Chris Welsh, Jim Day, Reds radio producer Dave "Yiddy" Armbruster, Bronson Arroyo, Reds Hall of Fame Director Rick Walls, entertainer Nick Lachey, retired football coach Urban Meyer and ESPN football analyst Kirk Herbstreit. But no current players.

Also missing from Lukemire's lineup is Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.

Marty Brennaman in the Reds Radio booth on his final Opening Day in 2019.

"I really wanted Joe Morgan. He was my idol growing up, and of course, he is one of Marty’s best friends. Joe wanted to do it, but we just couldn’t make it happen," says Lukemire, who directed and produced the Pete Rose documentary called 4192: The Crowning of the Hit King 10 years ago.

How We Lookin'?, a phrase frequently said by Brennaman during games, appears to be packed with Reds highlights, including monstrous homers by Adam Dunn, Joey Votto and Ken Griffey, Jr. Lukemire punctuates Marty's calls by putting the words, one by one, on the screen: "Swung on. Long drive. Right field. It's gone! And this one belongs to the Reds!"

"I think everybody in my profession," Brennaman says in the film, "lives with the fear that you're going to be a part of something like that, and you may screw it up."

Marty Brennaman in 1974, when hired by the Reds as play-by-play announcer with Joe Nuxhall.

The film also includes Brennaman's immortal words ripping Cubs fans for tossing balls onto the field from the Wrigley bleachers ("This is the kind of thing, quite honestly, right now, that makes you want to see the Chicago Cubs lose"); waxing poetic in a Kroger commercial with longtime radio partner Joe Nuxhall; arguing in the clubhouse with Griffey, Jr. for not hustling ( "I was here before you were here, and I'll be here after you're gone"); and calling NCAA basketball tournament games for CBS. And the movie shows how Brennaman was lookin' after getting his head shaved on the field in 2012 to benefit The Dragonfly Foundation.

After Brennaman announced his retirement plans early last year, Lukemire started a GoFundMe campaign to make the film for Barkingfish Entertainment. Some of the details have changed since then.

Lukemire has ended his partnership with Barkingfish owner Aymie Majerski. He produced the film under his new company, Tachyon 12 Entertainment, as "A Titantic Struggle Pictures" production, another Brennaman phrase.

"Aymie and I had decided to pursue our own separate interests. She was getting more and more involved with Women in Film and wanted to help that grow. As a Cincinnati native, I wanted to continue telling stories about our town that I grew up in," Lukemire says.

Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall, seen here in the Riverfront Stadium radio booth, did Reds games together for 31 years.

Lukemire also told me last year that the "net proceeds of the film" would go to The Dragonfly Foundation and the Reds Community Fund. For now, the proceeds from the premiere will benefit the Reds Community Fund, he says.

"We do plan on continuing to support both of them… once we secure distribution. I can tell you that there is a fantastic segment in the film about Marty and his relationship with Dragonfly. It’s an organization that remains very close to Marty's heart," Lukemire says.

Admission to the premiere party is $75 per car load (six people). Tickets are available at the Starlite Drive-In site.

Marty Brennaman, Joe Morgan and Jeff Brantley broadcast from the stands on Sept. 24, 2019, during Marty's last homestand.

Gates open at 6 p.m., and the Catalina Wine Mixer Band performs at 7 p.m. After the film, Brennanam and Lukemire will talk about the documentary with comedian Josh Sneed, a producer on the film. 

How can Reds fans see the film after Monday's premiere?

"We will be pursuing traditional outlets including broadcast, video on demand, streaming services, etc… I had initially wanted to do some film festivals, but with the need for original content, I don’t want to miss any opportunities to get it picked up," Lukemire says.