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Love Is Blind hosts Nick and Vanessa Lachey have been together for 14 years and married for 9 years. They both have had successful TV careers separately. Nick was the lead singer of the boy band 98 Degrees; Vanessa was a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and hosted MTV’s Total Request Live.

The couple’s experiences in entertainment built the foundation for their time on Love Is Blind. But Nick and Vanessa still surprised fans with their admissions during the heated Season 2 reunion episode.

How Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo met

The duo’s romantic journey began as Nick and Vanessa got steamy in a music video back in 2006. The video was for Nick’s single called “What’s Left of Me” and Vanessa starred in it. The NCIS: Hawai’i star admitted to Billboard that the experience ‌pushed their relationship further. It “made them no longer friends and it got romantic.”

Of course, prior to Nick’s “What’s Left of Me” release, the 90 Degrees star and former wife, Jessica Simpson, finalized their divorce after four years of marriage. Given the extremely public nature of their relationship, Nick’s next love interest, Vanessa, seemed more hush-hush.

A heated moment on ‘Love Is Blind’ revealed more about Nick and Vanessa’s marriage

Things grew intense on the set of Love Is Blind‘s Season 2 reunion. The two stars facing the most drama were Shayne Jansen and Shake Chatterjee. But Shake stole the day, admitting that he played the villain. The heated scene revealed to us the depth of Nick and Vanessa Lachey’s marriage.

It started when Vanessa told Chatterjee that he was on the wrong dating show and it was wrong of him to belittle women by insulting their physique. Instead, he should’ve asked questions that would build an emotional connection. 

Nick agreed Shake did not understand the purpose of the show. The 48-year-old host asked, “What were you missing in the conventional dating world that you thought you could find here?” Shake responded with, “Love is blurry to me” and “I wanted to feel partially blind.”

But Vanessa let us see a deeper side to her marriage with Nick. She insisted Shake should open up his heart to more than just the weight and look of a woman. She stated that Nick would still stand by her side if she experienced any physical deformities because he loves her.

Both Nick and Vanessa stand by this. During an interview with Us Weekly, Vanessa said that the beauty of Love Is Blind is that it brings out raw emotions. “We want people to start talking about seeing love in its purest form, which is emotion. An emotional connection and foundation is the basis for a long-term happy marriage because you’ll be able to communicate.” Nick added, “When tough times come and you have to find the strength to get through it, you rely on that emotional connection.”

What are Nick and Vanessa Lachey’s secrets to a healthy and happy marriage?

Married couple Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey discuss show 'Love is Blind' on the set of E! Daily Pop
Nick and Vanessa Lachey | Nick Agro/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

‘Love Is Blind’ Creator Addresses Shake Facing off with Nick and Vanessa Lachey

Vanessa’s secret to a happy marriage is communication. The 41-year-old also adds, “If you can see a therapist.” She doesn’t believe in leaving things unsaid or hidden.

When it comes to keeping it steamy and romantic, Vanessa says, “You have to remember why you got here in the first place. And you can’t just kind of let the kids take over your world, which is our most important priority. Don’t get me wrong, but the family starts with our foundation.”

No wonder they both believe in the idea behind Love Is Blind. Vanessa likes the concept of talking to a potential partner and asking question after question so you can get to truly know them.

This is how their long-distance relationship started. Nick resided in LA and Vanessa worked in New York. He said, “Those calls with ‘V’ were the best. It really helped us build a strong emotional foundation that still helps us to this day.” Nick strongly believes they would still have chosen each other if they went on Love Is Blind, as he echoes on the Season 2 reunion episode.