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Nick and Vanessa Lachey probably didn’t expect a hosting gig on Netflix to be a place they’d air their real-life marriage issues. But that’s exactly what’s happened on The Ultimatum

After the success Nick and Vanessa had helping cast members find romances on Love Is Blind, they joined Netflix again for hosting duties on a second reality TV series. This time, couples aren’t trying to find one another. Instead, they’re deciding whether the love they already have is enough to get engaged.

The Lacheys guide the cast through the ups, downs, and steamy dramas. They also give some private glimpses into their own relationship.

The Ultimatum brings together a group of couples who all face the same problem: One half of the couple is ready to get married, and their partner is … not. The ultimatum that’s been issued is to get married or break up.

Adding a serious wrinkle to the experiment is the fact that the couples on the show will spend time living with another potential partner from the cast. The premise: They may get the opportunity to see that someone else is a better fit for their happily ever after. 

The Ultimatum brings together a group of couples who all face the same problem: One half of the couple is ready to get married, and their partner is … not. The ultimatum that’s been issued is to get married or break up.

Adding a serious wrinkle to the experiment is the fact that the couples on the show will spend time living with another potential partner from the cast. The premise: They may get the opportunity to see that someone else is a better fit for their happily ever after. 

The show’s first season wrapped in mid-April, bringing plenty of the promised drama as well as some unhappy participants who feel their portrayal onscreen was manipulated. It’s also generated tons of buzz among viewers.

April went through Jake’s phone and sparked a confession from Nick and Vanessa Lachey

The show’s first season focuses heavily on the relationship between participants Jake Cunningham and April Melohn. After dating for two years, April pulled Jake onto the series with an ultimatum to propose. But things did not go as planned.

As a Netflix article introducing the couples put it, “Just one year after leaving the military, Jake wants to travel and become financially stable before he proposes to girlfriend April. But April, who wants a family as soon as possible.” The experiment did not push him to propose. Instead, Jake ended up getting cozy with fellow participant Rae Williams. April and Jake decided to go their separate ways at the series’ end.

ong the way, however, there was a scene where April went through Jake’s phone while he sleptt. Playing the part of good co-hosts, the Lacheys brought up this violation of privacy at the reunion. Vanessa started the convo by saying, “You went through Jake’s phone when he was sleeping. I’ve got mixed feelings about that. There was a time in my life when I did it.” 

Nick and Vanessa bantered back and forth, joking about how they cracked one another’s passwords before Vanessa got real about therapy: “Honestly, I remember we went to a therapist and she was like, ‘If ya’ll are going through each other’s phones then you shouldn’t be together.'” Ultimately, Vanessa agreed with the therapist. They broke the habit for the sake of their marriage. 

Canadian Country Star Brett Kissel Makes Sweet Harmonies Alongside 98 Degrees on New Single 'Ain't the Same'


On a red carpet at an award show in Toronto, Brett Kissel met 98 Degrees, and they shared a dressing room. And that was where their story could have ended.

"It was sort of like, 'How are you guys doing?' and then we moved on," explains Kissel, 31, during an interview with PEOPLE. "They introduced me on stage that night too, but that was about it."

But as fate would have it, the country singer from Canada and the pop group from the States would ultimately find themselves in a room together as they collaborated on Kissel's new single "Ain't the Same."

"It was the quickest collab that has ever happened in my entire life," laughs Kissel, who has made quite the career for himself in Canada with 15 top 10 radio singles, 4 No. 1 songs, and a slew of gold and platinum plaques. "Within three days of talking to them about this song, they had their vocals on it."

Certainly, the collaboration was a bit of a no-brainer for the men, as both Kissel and the members of 98 Degrees — Jeff Timmons, brothers Nick and Drew Lachey and Justin Jeffre — find themselves making their way into the country genre here in the States.

"You look at the demographics of 98 Degrees fans who have followed their band since the beginning, and you will find that those fans today are country fans," says Kissel of the continuing appeal of 98 Degrees, who are currently celebrating their 25th anniversary year since they formed. "So, we actually share a lot of the same fans. And if you strip down some of their biggest hits, they are in fact country songs."

The men of 98 Degrees couldn't agree more.

"People have been pushing for 98 Degrees to do country for quite some time," explains Timmons, 48. "For us, it's always about the song and if the song will allow us to showcase our harmonies and abilities and such. So, to us, it just felt like it was the right time and the right song and the right person to do the song with."

"What separates a country song from a pop song is the production," adds Drew Lachey, 45. "You take a certain keyboard sound out and you put a slide guitar in there and now it's a country song. I'm simplifying it, but I think there is a lot of room in that middle area where you can kind of go back and forth between different genres that are appealing to you."

The song itself is about that age-old topic: everything one experiences in life is better when you are doing it alongside someone you love.

"It's sort of like if you don't have sun, the beach kind of sucks," Kissel chuckles of the song that he co-wrote alongside Karen Kosowski and Tim Nichols. "Within about an hour and a half, we had this song done from start to finish. Then we decided that we were going to go celebrate and have a cocktail."

And yes, the cocktails were also flowing during the video shoot, as Kissel and 98 Degrees reunited to not only have some fun and create music, but bond over their shared love for their respective families.

"When you put my family, especially my little kids on camera, you never know what you're going to get!" says Kissel, whose wife Cecilia was pregnant with their fourth child during the filming of the music video, which is set for release in May. "Actually, we all talked about our families when we were together, about how we all really love what we've been able to accomplish in their careers, but we still obviously love spending time with family and friends. We were really connected over that both as men and as parents."

"I played 'Ain't the Same' for my wife and immediately she was like, 'Do whatever you got to do to convince the guys to get on this one," remembers Timmons. "And fortunately for me, it didn't take much convincing. But yeah, my wife was instrumental in pushing me forward with this one."

Everything about this collaboration seemed to go smoothly, except for one thing.

"A tree almost killed Nick," Kissel recalls of the near-miss caught on a special behind-the-scenes video premiering on PEOPLE. "I'm not embellishing that. That's 100% true story — if Nick didn't duck, he would have fallen two stories. This bus we were on had no business going down some of those streets, but the director wanted more scenery and palm trees," he says with a laugh. "We got the shot and Nick survived!"

Country Singer Brett Kissel Talks Collaborating With 98 Degrees on ‘Ain’t The Same’ [Exclusive]


Brett Kissel is a romantic at heart. The country singer, who refers to his wife as “so kind, so beautiful,” really does feel life ain’t the same when she’s not around. So was born his recent collaboration with 98 Degrees. The JUNO Award and Canadian Country Music Association winner sat down with Showbiz Cheat Sheet to discuss the single, “Ain’t The Same,” and what it was like working with the pop and R&B vocal group.

How Brett Kissel came to collaborate with 98 Degrees on ‘Ain’t The Same’

According to Kissel, “Ain’t The Same” was a quick song to write. It came easy to him and co-writers Karen Kosowski and Tim Nichols.

“We really just talked about all the great things in life that are maybe even better when you’ve got the person that you love beside you, and how if you take that person away from you, it really ain’t the same,” he tells Showbiz. “And that instantly became our title. And we didn’t spend much time on the song because it fell out. Sometimes you can write days for a great song, sometimes it’ll take you all day and hours and hours. This one, I think we wrote it in two hours and went and had a few cocktails and an early lunch.”

Around the time that Kissel, Kosowski, and Nichols wrote “Ain’t The Same,” there were “rumblings in the industry that said” 98 Degrees was interested in making a country record. Kissel’s manager presented the song to the group and they loved it.

“When that country record idea kind of fell to the wayside, Nick Lachey and Jeff Timmons reached back out to my manager and said, ‘We still love the song, but do you think Brett would actually like to do it with us?'” explains Kissel.

The “Ain’t The Same” music video is slated to come out in May.

“It wasn’t until the music video that we really got a chance to hang out in LA,” says Kissel. “And these guys are, obviously extremely famous — there were paparazzi, cameras, and fans waiting outside the studio to see and catch a glimpse of Nick Lachey and the band. But they’re the nicest guys.”

The country singer calls 98 Degrees “the four nicest guys I’ve maybe ever met in this business.”

I’m just grateful they said yes to doing this collab and that they added their tender, sweet, silky, beautiful vocals to make this song ever better,” he says.

As for what the video will entail, Kissel says it’ll show 98 Degrees showing him around Los Angeles, California.

“And all while I’m seeing the great sights of LA, The Hollywood Sign and going on a double decker bus, all that great stuff, I’m FaceTiming my beautiful wife and my kids and saying like, ‘It’s really great that I’m here, but it really ain’t the same without them,'” he says. “And then we do a concert at the end of the video where we’ve got a sold out show at one of the great theaters in LA and my wife and kids end up surprising me at the show. So catching that footage is really special.”

Brett Kissel on Nick Lachey’s ‘Love is Blind’ and ‘The Ultimatum’

“Nick Lachey is probably counting his money as he sees that it’s the number one show on Netflix in America,” Kissel says of his collaborator’s Netflix projects. “I’m really proud of his success and they really are very unique shows.

At the time of our interview, Kissel had watched both seasons of “Love is Blind” and was making his way through “The Ultimatum” with his wife of 10 years

The country singer is “happily married.” But was there ever a time he would have gone on a show like “Love is Blind” or “The Ultimatum”?

“Nope, not a chance, no,” he says without hesitation. “… I’m not handsome enough and number two — I’m just a country boy who likes to drive tractors and go fish and hunt deer and chase cows. I’m not an LA type.”