How Did Vanessa Minnillo Get Nick Lachey to (Finally) Pop the Question?

Linda Sharps

They started dating in 2006, broke up for a while last year, and now they're "excited and incredibly happy about our engagement and we look forward to a wonderful future together." Awwww, Vanessa Minnillo finally got Nick Lachey to put a ring on it.

I don't find this couple super fascinating, but I have to say, I'm kind of surprised they really did get engaged. If I had to guess based on her past passive-aggressive comments to the press ("So once again it looks as if I'm always the bridesmaid but never the bride"), I'd have pegged her as the needy girlfriend constantly bugging her guy to take things to the next level, while Nick's all, duuuuude, I just want to get laid on a regular basis.

Vanessa's 29, which sounds young to me—because I'm crusty and withered at 30-harrrrumph—but she's probably been hearing the increasing TICK TOCK TICK TOCK for a while now. I'm thinking she put the hammer down on Lachey. Maybe reminded him that being host of The Sing-Off isn't exactly boy-band status, and if he doesn't settle down, he'll eventually be hanging out with Charlie Sheen and ordering hookers off the Internet.

Of course, after being married to Jessica Simpson, Nick's probably just happy he's hooked up with someone who doesn't fart and burp all the time. (Hey, I wonder if Vanessa knows the difference between tuna and chicken?)

In all seriousness, or at least as much as I'm capable of, congratulations to the happy couple. I sure hope he bought her a big-ass ring, since she once commented that her middle-finger ring “...will be 10 carats when it moves to the fourth finger!"

Ah, true love. It's so beautiful when it's measured in clarity, color, cut, and carat, don't you think?

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