Nick Lachey & Vanessa Minnillo: Ready for Baby?

01/28/2011 at 04:00 PM ET
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Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey have yet to set a wedding date — but that doesn’t mean a baby in 2011 is out of the question.

“Things happen,” Minnillo, 30, tells PEOPLE. “And if a blessing comes before the wedding then that’s exactly what it is, [a blessing].”

Since getting engaged to The Sing-Off host Nick Lachey, 36, last November, Minillo has been busy filming guest spots on 30 Rock and Hawaii 5-0, airing in February. But her work schedule won’t keep her from eventually becoming a mom.

“I would love to have children and work,” she explains. “I definitely don’t want it to slow me down. I’m always going to be, ‘Go, go, go.’ And I’m going to be pregnant, fat and happy through it all.”

Who does Minnillo look to as a role-model mom? None other than her fellow bride-to-be Reese Witherspoon.

“I think she’s amazing. She’s a strong woman who can manage her two babies and still be a talented actress as well an ambassador for her causes,” Minnillo says of Witherspoon. “She’s done it all, and she’s done it all with grace and [shown] it is possible.”

— Patrick Gomez


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Shawna on

Sounds like she’s already pregnant and they’re paving the way for an announcement.

Capri on

Cute, I hope they have a baby soon! It sure would be a gorgeous one & I know Nick has wanted kids forever!!

klutzy_girl on

Shawna, that’s what I’m thinking.

Romy on

like she will be fat during her pregnancy! I am guessing not at all.

cris on

I think this woman will do/say whatever it takes to keep herself relevant.

A. on

I wonder if this is a hint? 😉 Their babies are going to be gorgeous!

steph on

i thought the same thing whenever they start talking about maybe someday a baby it means there already is one.


elle on

Nick never really seemed that into Vanessa, like he was with Jessica. JMO.

Hea on

As if a pregnant belly automatically is and should be considered FAT…

Anonymous on

She’s pregnant already!

kristen on

if they are ready they will become great parents and georgous babies in the future

Sandra on

People please- 1st- Nick and Jessica are DIVORCED, 2nd- Do any of you know these people personally to say who is “in to” someone? 3- If her description of pregnant is being fat and happy then what is the problem?

guest on

Vanessa is so down to earth. I think she and Nick have major chemistry. Shes very exotic and has the most beautiful features.

CelebBabyLover on

“i thought the same thing whenever they start talking about maybe someday a baby it means there already is one.” I must admit I’m always confused by comments like that. I mean, tons of celebs have talked about wanting to be parents over the years, and for quite a good chunk of them, they don’t actually have kids until a few years down the line.

For example, when Eva Longoria was still married to Tony, she talked often about wanting kids…but they never had any. Jennifer Aniston has talked about wanting kids for YEARS and still doesn’t have any, and Katherine Heigl spoke about wanting kids for a few years before she actually adopted Naleigh.

So I don’t get why so many people think that a celeb talking about wanting kids means they’re alreaady pregnant!

CelebBabyLover on

Hea- My guess is she was either just joking around, or meaning that she’s not going to try to fight the pregnancy weight gain. 🙂

CelebBabyLover on

Oh, and on a more fun note….Vanessa’s comments about Reese Witherspoon make me wonder, who will be the first to announce a pregnancy…Vanessa, or Reese (I don’t know why, but I have a feeling Reese is going to have kids with her fiance!)? 🙂

klutzy_girl on

It’s the comment here that made me suspicious:

“Things happen,” Minnillo, 30, tells PEOPLE. “And if a blessing comes before the wedding then that’s exactly what it is, [a blessing].”

It’s just a little weird to say.

momof3boys on

I can’t see Vaness Fat – Wait,it’s Hollywood, of course she’ll be FAT (although skinny to most people’s standards). If/when they do procreate, the baby will be gorgeous (look at the parents). I think Nick is very down to Earth – or so he seemed on the Nick and Jessica show. With all the babies in Hollywood this year, they could be next! Although it did sound like a hint already.

Jill on

Cbl, have you ever heard a celebrity say, things happen and if it comes before the wedding it will be a blessing? That’s why people think so. People think it sounds weird….I agree.

abby’s mom on

It’s great they want kids, but just get married already.

stacey on

they are adults, so if they want to become parents before marriage, that is their business! It does seem to be a trend, though, to conceive prior to saying “I do”- great role models, huh!

CelebBabyLover on

klutzy_girl and Jill- I definitely understand where you’re coming from now! Yes, that comment DOES sound a bit suspicious. 🙂

stacey- Actually, I think all these celebs (and “regular” people as well. Let’s face it, it’s hardly just celebs who are doing this!) that have kids before marriage or that simply have kids even though they never plan to marry ARE good role models in a way.

They are good role models in the sense that they are showing people that marriage is not a one-size fits all thing, and that there are many different ways you can build a family (and this is coming from someone who is so old-fashioned that she wouldn’t even sleep with someone she wasn’t married to, let alone have kids with them!)!

CelebBabyLover on

I also just thought of something….I wonder if Nick or Jessica will announce a pregnancy (or his fiancee’s pregnancy in Nick’s) first (just like with Reese, I get the feeling that Jessica will have kids with her fiance….and in the not-to-distant future!)? 🙂

Rachael on

Does anyone use or believe in birth control anymore? I have nothing against having children before you get married, but it seems so common now… I know I definitely wanted to get married first and children were a blessing afterwards. Just saying!

My 2 golden cents on

I think they make a marvelous happy couple who complement each other perfectly. They will make awesome parents. And it is a true blessing to have a child. Their kids will look so cute.
Better not have Jessica read this or tomorrow she will state she is pregerrs with twins! LOL!!
Anthing to upstage Nick and Vanessas happiness… Oh well, life goes on

Dee on

YAY…I’ve always liked Vanessa…she seemed to have humbled Nick a lot, I bet they are going to be awesome parents when the time comes. For now Nick can practice with his nieces and nephews 🙂

As for marriage….OVERRATED….and yes spoken as someone who was married and didn’t have kids but has a beautiful 6 month old with a great partner no intention of marrying him anytime soon (and not for lack of him asking)!!! As long as both people are committed that’s all that matters!!!

LoveCrazyBeautifulLife on

I agree with Shawna too. It does sound like she’s pregnant and they’re hinting to everyone. I think their baby would be gorgeous! Good luck!

Amanda on

What a great way to tell the world you aren’t using birth control LOL Wow, it’s definitely a weird thing to say. A hint at an already existing pregnancy or the fact that they aren’t preventing a pregnancy.

Jill on

Look at Jamie Pressly. Getting divorced…..again. Rebecca budgig who won Skating with the stars is in her 30’s and getting married a third time. Marriage doesn’t work for everyone and/or it seems people just do it with little thought.

Jill on

Should say some people

Lori on

I love this couple! I wish them nothing but the best! I liked them both before they were even a couple! Wishing them a lifetime of happiness!

fuzibuni on

Just because some people get married “with little thought” doesn’t mean that marriage itself is a bad idea. Some people live life with little thought… doesn’t mean we should all stop breathing.

Mia on

They have been together for a long time. I’m sure they’ll be having kids soon. I do wonder if it will be a “coincidence” if Jessica Simpson and her fiance have kids around the same time.

I think Reese will definitely have kids with her new husband (soon). She said she wants more kids + he’s ready to settle down. -I’m very excited for them!!

And the marriage/kids situation-people that can’t make marriages work (like being married 3 times) is usually because they don’t like to commit. Simple as that- And like I’ve said before…. if you’re committed anyway + have a kid + plan on being together…it seems very similar to being married so I don’t see what the huge difference is to actually just get married-why not? I think so many people focus on the “party” of the wedding than the ACTUALITY of being married-the partnership/union. And then they don’t want to commit-so they divorce. It happens a lot.

Jill on

Fuzibini……Just because people get married…..doesn’t mske it a good idea. We can talk in circles about this. It is all individual. It is Shen people judge someone for their choice that I have an issue with!

dsfg on

“Look at Jamie Pressly. Getting divorced…..again.”

Jill, this is Jamie Pressly’s first marriage and divorce, so not sure what you mean about getting divorced again.

ecl on

I could care less if people are married or not, but I do find her approach weird. I know there are accidents, but if you are using birth control correctly, the chances of getting pregnant are really, really small. So all the “oops”, or “nice surprises”, seem disingenuous to me.

Mia on

With Jamie Presley-I think they meant when she had her son with her then-boyfriend (or they were engaged…but not planning to actually get married? so I”m not sure what the point to be “Engaged to be married” to not actually planning to marry)-but they were together + then things weren’t working out so they broke up + then she got married to her now-husband + now they’re divorcing.

Jill on

Dsfg, my bad……I guess I thought she was married to her childs father. Oh well. I am sure I could think of someone else who was married and divorced twice in a few years but I am too sick an tired……plus I think my point was conveyed 🙂

Katie on

Nothing wrong with getting pregnant first. I did and we’ve been married 5 years now with 2 children. I was told I’d never have kids so mine are a blessing indeed!! And we couldn’t be happier. Congrats to them.

Grace on

After the length of time they’ve been together, I doubt she’s going to get pregnant now before the wedding. She’ll be a stunning bride and they’ll be great parents whenever it happens.

Hope People buy the wedding pics.

Amanda on

Wow, if that wasn’t a hint at…wink-wink! Great news 🙂

NM on

@A mom-I totally agree with you! Get married first!

emma on

their children will be stunningly beautiful!

Sydney on

CBL – Reese Witherspoon has done a round of interviews to promote her new film and has said in each one that she wants more kids with her fiance. So that’s probably where you’re getting that feeling from.

erilynne on

Her comment does act like she is pregnant!

What confuses me is I thought she said they weren’t doing anything till they got married? I guess that got short once she got the ring? lol

Tammy on

Reese is a great role model and I agree with what she said about her.

eyzwdeshut on

Not to get technical (ok, I am), but things don’t just ‘happen’… come on. Regardless, that comment was either misquoted to make us all believe she’s hinting to the not-so-distant future or there is a bun in the oven.

Anna on

Oh…she tries to stay in the media…because she doesn’t do much!!

Karen on

I just think it’s funny that she thinks babies aren’t going to slow her down!

Denia on

Sounds like she is pregnant already and that is why she is engaged……

Emily on

Well, if she IS pregnant, we all know Jessica Simpson will have to announce her pregnancy the day after they do. Haha!

suzy diamond on

Sounds like she’s trying to make sure the marriage happens. Not a good way to do things.

Andrea on

“I definitely don’t want it to slow me down.” That is one of the most self indulgent, immature things you could ever say about becoming a mother. It doesn’t “slow you down”, it changes your life. If you want your life to remain the same (all about you), then DON’T have kids.

Jacky on

Oh boy I think she is preggos…..hope so!!!!!

Jennifer on

She’s probably as delusional as a lot of the other moms I meet who think pregnancy is an excuse to eat what you want and as much of it as you want.

mom of 2 on

i cant wait for them to have babies, i’ll bet they’ll be so cute and Nick has wanted kids forever!!

Rebecca on

I was thinking the same thing. “Things happen”….AKA I’m already pregnant and that’s how I can make this sound like it wasn’t an accident, and that we are happy. I bet they are happy, but have to cover it up and get it out there somehow to not look bad.

Sissy on

Love these two together,I wish them luck for the future whether a baby is on the way or not.

Corinne on

Their baby would be gorgeous!

southpaw on

Love these two and think they will make BEAUTIFUL babies! They have been together quite a while and really got to know one another before they considered marriage. The way society is today, marriage seems to be an after thought as far as having children go, so go with the flow V & N and have a wonderful life! Happy for you both!

Heidi on

Vanessa was pregnant but she had a miscarriage. I have a friend who knows her well enough to have heard about it. They’d love to be pregnant again. I do wish them well cause I have heard they are genuinely happy together.

Andrea on

Well theres another celebrity to add to the Expectant Parent Tour…sounds like shes already expecting and just isnt announcing it quite yet

yoyo on

I’m happy for those guys. They’re so likable and seem to have their priorities straight.

ha on

Ha! Maybe that’s WHY they got engaged! At first I thought maybe they got engaged and THEN pregnant, but shotgun is making more sense now

Lisa on

What has Vanessa ever done to compare to Reese Witherspoon’s career? Do her and Nick even have jobs?

Heidi on

Heidi, when did the miscarriage happen?

Shelly on

She’s already pregnant…hence the comment: “Things happen,” Minnillo, 30, tells PEOPLE. “And if a blessing comes before the wedding then that’s exactly what it is, [a blessing].”

MominMacomb on

Oh Lord please do not bring a child into that reationship! They just broke up and got back together! Definitely not a stable relationship!

Jill on

heidi, that is horrible for you to repeat that, if true. shame on you.