Six Degrees Of Nick Lachey And Vanessa Minnillo

Nick Lachey may have been the stud of 98 Degrees, but in our world, he's a member of a different circle: the six degrees of Nick and Vanessa.

Once upon a time in 2002, there was a little show on MTV called "Newlyweds." Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson shared their lives as a newly married couple with the world, and we learned a great deal from them. If it weren't for this show, would we know for sure if it was chicken or tuna in our cans of Chicken of the Sea? No. Unfortunately, the pair did not last the test of time and eventually divorced in 2006.

After her split with Nick, Jessica began an on-again-off-again relationship with serial dater John Mayer. The two dated for about nine months, from the summer of 2006 to the spring of 2007.

Following his relationship with Jessica, John started dating Minka Kelly. The pair did not last long and split after only a few months.

Minka did not stay single. She started dating Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter in 2008, and now the two are engaged to be married! The nuptials are rumored to be sometime during the Yankees off-season this year.

Before he met Minka, though, Derek found comfort with Vanessa Minnillo. The pair dated for a couple of years during her reign as one of our "TRL" hosts.

After they split, Vanessa starred in Nick Lachey's music video for "What's Left of Me," which marked the beginning of their relationship. And now, closing the full six-degree relationship circle, Nick and Vanessa are engaged to be married.

Phew, what a journey. Congratulations, you two!

Check out our entire flipbook illustrating the couple's six degrees!