It's official: Nick Lachey liked it, so he put a ring on it! The singer-songwriter (and one-time MTV reality star) is now engaged to longtime girlfriend, former "TRL" host Vanessa Minnillo, after presenting a ring and popping the question in a casual, beachy setting on Thursday, People reported.
Reaction from fans around the web ranged from simple "Congrats!" to the snarkier, "It's about time!" The couple had been dating for four years, minus a brief split in 2009 that saw them reconcile after just a couple months apart. But we can't blame Nick for being more cautious to take the marital plunge for a second time—especially considering that the pair met when Vanessa appeared in Nick's 2006 music video for "What's Left of Me," the song that chronicled his heartbreak in the aftermath of his high-profile divorce from Jessica Simpson.
Hmm...so Nick's split with Jessica led him straight into the arms of the next woman he'd marry? Ironic! (How does that saying go, again? "When one door of happiness closes, another opens...and Vanessa Minnillo walks in"?)
Meanwhile, the pair seem thrilled to be taking this next step in their relationship—and they didn't take long to spread the word to fans. Nick tweeted the news soon after, writing, "If anyone's heard the rumors of my engagement, they are absolutely true! Vanessa and I couldn't be happier." But when it comes to the more intimate details of their life together, don't expect any "Newlyweds"-style disclosure from these two; apart from the occasional interview, Nick and Vanessa seem happiest when they're keeping their private lives off the radar.
Okay, prediction time: Will Nick's second marriage be a keeper?