Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo Take Relationship Public
July 25, 2006

Hot new photos of Nick Lachey and rumored gal pal Vanessa Minnillo are spreading across the world.

For the first time, the pair appeared out in the open, tenderly touching each other curbside at one of New York's hottest sidewalk cafes.

Sparks first started to fly between Nick and the MTV VJ while shooting Lachey's video, "All That's Left of Me." Right after the shoot, Vanessa told MTV's "Making the Video," "Nick is amazing. He's a gem; mini crush!"

Nick has remained tight lipped about Vanessa all summer. But is this very public rendezvous their coming out party?

Only "Extra" has Nick on the record about Vanessa. "She's a great friend, I'll leave it at that," he said. "That's the one thing I learned, that's a part of my life I'm going to keep private from now on, and we'll leave it up to everyone's imagination."

Nick opened up to "Extra" about everything from his ex, Jessica Simpson, to his dreams of having a family someday.

"I'd like to believe I'll have a family and have kids of my own," he said. "For me, it's what I look forward to more than anything else."

Despite a difficult divorce that was finalized in June between the once serene "Newlyweds," Nick said he remains a fan of Jessica. 

"I'm a huge fan of hers, I always have been," he said. "I wish her nothing but the best with everything she does in life including her singing career. She deserves every bit of success she had." 

Jessica's new album, "A Public Affair," hits stores August 29, while Nick's album, "What's Left of Me," is soaring through the charts with more than 500,000 albums sold. 

Meanwhile, Nick has learned some other Hollywood lessons, like how to deal with the constant headlines and paparazzi. 

"What I've learned to do is try to ignore the stuff being said," he told us. "You can't change it or stop it from happening, so worry about the things you can control. Live your life the best way you know how." 


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