Who says musicians make strange bedfellows? Jessica Simpson and 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey are flourishing both creatively and romantically.
The couple, whose engagement was announced earlier this year (see "Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey To Go All The Way"), got married last weekend at the Riverbend Chapel in Austin, Texas, Lachey's publicist said. A reception followed at the nearby Barton Creek Resort.
"I'm very excited," Lachey said recently of the impending ceremony. "When you know the situation's right, you don't have anything to worry about. I've got the normal kind of nerves [about marriage], It's certainly a new thing for me and for her, and we're really happy."
When the happy couple come down from their nuptial euphoria, they'll return to their musical endeavors. Lachey is still working on his first solo album, which he hopes to have ready for release early next year (see "98 Degrees' Nick Lachey Following In Footsteps Of Justin T., Nick C."), and he and Simpson are writing songs for her third record.
"She's doing something that's really neat," Lachey said. "She's finally writing her own music, which I've told her she could do forever but she's been shy about stepping out there and doing it. But she's an incredible writer, and she's doing stuff that's really from the heart.
"It's a much more organic record and it's more true to herself," he continued. "There's all live instrumentation and it's very musical as opposed to the pop thing that was happening before for her. I think she finally feels like this is her record and her chance to do exactly what she wants."