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Jessica Simpson has been divorced from Nick Lachey since June 30, 2006. They had been married for 3.7 years. Jessica Simpson is currently married to Eric Johnson.

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Jessica Simpson

Music - Singer

Why Famous: In This Skin, album

Age: 39 (b. 7/10/1980)

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Nick Lachey

Music - Singer

Why Famous: 98 Degrees and Newlyweds

Age: 45 (b. 11/9/1973)

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Relationship Timeline

Event Start Date Length
Dating 9/11/2001 5 months
Engaged 2/10/2002 8.5 months
Married 10/26/2002 3.7 years
    Separated 11/23/2005 --
    Filed for Divorce 12/16/2005 --
Divorced 6/30/2006 --
 Total4.8 years

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Where and/or how did Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey meet?

Jessica and Nick met when she opened for his band 98 degrees in 1999.

Why did Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey break up?

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Other Relationship Information about Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey:

Nick proposed to Jessica while vacationing in Hawaii on a yacht off the Hawaiian coast. The proposal can be seen in the couple's MTV series, "Newlyweds".

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Classic Quotes by Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey about their relationship:

"Nick brings stability into my life. He is the part of my day that I look forward to. He's let me grow up. He's seven years older than me, so he's got to be a patient man." Jessica Simpson 8/31/2005
"I'm Jessica's biggest fan. I want nothing more than to see her succeed." Nick Lachey
The couple said in a joint statement: "After three years of marriage, and careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways. This is the mutual decision of two people with an enormous amount of respect and admiration for each other. We hope that you respect our privacy during this difficult time." Jessica Simpson 11/23/2005
"After 9-11, I knew that I never ever wanted to be away from Nick ever for the rest of my life." Jessica Simpson
"Everybody from my record label to my father as my manager was like, 'Don't get married.' But when I got married my career began." Jessica Simpson
"I wrote [Jessica] a long letter and hid it in her suitcase and made sure she found it today. You make the other person feel special because it's easy to lose track. It was nice to spend some time together." Nick Lachey 10/26/2005
"Nick Lachey asked me to marry him in a very romantic way and I said yeeeeeeeeeeeessssss!!! He had been patiently waiting for me to grow up a little (which I needed). And I did! Now my life feels so perfect." Jessica Simpson 2/2001
"It's just something that, you know, was definitely the right time and the right thing to do. You know, we've grown a lot together and separately, and I don't think there's a doubt in either of our minds that it's the right thing to do - the right timing and everything." Nick Lachey 9/2002
"I loved so much being engaged and the whole planning of the wedding. So many people want their weddings to look like a celebrity wedding. All my friends would call me for advice. And I thought [writing a wedding-advice book] would be a fun project to work on with my mom and give us something to do together. [There are] tons [of tips]...There's a lot of advice from my hair and makeup artists, who work on everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Heather Locklear to Kim Cattrall...If you don't have the money, you can find tips in my book. There are tricks on the makeup. We touched on every detail there is. It's about making your wedding look elaborate when you don't have an elaborate budget. Even Nick and I, we're not completely loaded. We put a lot of money into our wedding because we knew it was an important day." Jessica Simpson 7/10/2003
"We would fight almost every day, sometimes three or four times. I would think any newly-married couple does." Jessica Simpson 8/18/2003
"We're not doing any sex scenes [on 'Newlyweds']." Nick Lachey 9/1/2003
"We didn't want the show to be cheesy. And [doing sex scenes would be] cheesy." Jessica Simpson 9/1/2003
"Jessica has no clue about how much money she has or where it goes." Nick Lachey 9/1/2003
"The thing learned about Jessica is that she's used to having everything done for her. She'll take her shoes off in the living room and they'll just stay there for the whole week until I put them away. She'll leave a jacket here, a purse there. I finally had to sit her down and tell her, 'I'm not your mom.'" Nick Lachey 9/1/2003
"Yes, it has been tough. I am a baby; Nick married a baby. [But] Nick irons everything. I knew Nick was a neat freak, but it's different when you live with him. You see more of his obsessive-compulsive behavior." Jessica Simpson 9/1/2003
"After we met, I found myself looking through the crowds for her all night." Nick Lachey 9/1/2003
"I was wearing a huge sweat-shirt that came down to my knees. If I had known he was going to propose, I would have at least dressed up cute." Jessica Simpson 9/1/2003
"We decided for our first anniversary we're getting a new bed for our bedroom - that's going to be our big anniversary present." Nick Lachey 10/28/2003
"I get to see a lot of Nick when I'm not around [thanks to 'Newlyweds']. That's interesting to me, to see what he talks about and what he does. I was surprised most that marriage wasn't a fairy tale. I think I expected it to be perfect. I think it's good that it's not because then I wouldn't want anything else in life." Jessica Simpson 3/15/2004
"Nick and I have separate bank accounts on purpose. I don't like him to see my receipts. I definitely work hard for my money. We do have a joint account. I don't really normally take stuff out of the joint account because I'm secretive about what I buy." Jessica Simpson 3/19/2004
"[I first kissed Nick] in a car. [My greatest regret is] breaking up with Nick...He decorates [and it drives me crazy...To make him laugh, I do] the bunny face. My two front teeth are big, so I can make a good bunny face. So if we're in the middle of a fight and I make the bunny face, he can't help but laugh." Jessica Simpson 4/12/2004
"Our relationship is better than it's ever been...You don't want to marry somebody who's just like you. So there are always going to be conflicts. An argument now and then is good. It means that we're communicating." Jessica Simpson 11/2/2004
"We are absolutely not breaking up. There's no bigger supporter in Jessica's life than me. Her success is my success." Nick Lachey 11/2/2004
"We have never even thought about it. I guess the story this week is that Nick and I have problems that I don't even know about. I think our relationship is better than it's ever been, actually." Jessica Simpson 11/15/2004
"When we agreed to do the show, both of us knew our arguments would be on television. Unfortunately we're in a position where people tend to read more into situations than is really there." Nick Lachey 11/15/2004
"[Our anniversary] was a total Lucy and Ricky moment: both of us were standing in the barrel barefoot. We had a great time. We had lots to celebrate." Jessica Simpson 11/15/2004
"Everything is cool with us. Life is great. Career is great. Things have never been better. Don't believe the crap out there. Everything is wonderful." Nick Lachey 11/15/2004
"We're going to start our own tradition, stay at home, have family out there. [Being apart often] is the way it's been since we started to date. I've been on tour. She's been on tour. We're very familiar with how to make it work." Nick Lachey 12/13/2004
"It's about compromise and supporting each other." Nick Lachey 1/13/2005
"We have no clue, we just love each other." Jessica Simpson 1/13/2005
"We're on the stable course now." Nick Lachey 5/9/2005
"Everyone should be married. I can't imagine having to miss Nick for an entire year and then being on camera and not expecting it, and he walks in. I'm a hopeless romantic." Jessica Simpson 5/9/2005
We stay close using phone, e-mail and video-conferencing. But there's really no substitute for being together. It is hard any way you cut it." Nick Lachey 5/9/2005
"As a married couple, to see our impact on people's lives, that's a pretty cool deal." Jessica Simpson 5/9/2005
"I felt it wasn't the right moment to show her up [on the dancefloor at her birthday party]. I was being a gracious husband." Nick Lachey 7/15/2005
"We stick together. So we laugh together. We cry together. We drink together." Nick Lachey 7/20/2005
"Everything is absolutely wonderful in marriage, in life and love, and we've been saying it for months now, it's just, 'We're okay.' I love my wife to death and I support the heck out of her as any husband would. She's still in great shape. You've got to find that middle line between obsessive working out and also enjoying your time. So what we've done is increased the amount of sex." Nick Lachey 8/5/2005
"We just came back from Italy. We decided to celebrate a little early and do the romantic Florence wine-tasting thing. But it's a very, very good country for that. So, yeah. It was a fun trip." Nick Lachey 10/19/2005
"Hopefully mine and Nick's story will continue for the rest of our lives, like what we vowed, through sickness and in health." Jessica Simpson 11/1/2005
"In all honesty, it is a little ironic to receive this award right now. Because in some ways I feel like this is a point in my life when I've never been more afraid. I'd like to thank the people who allow me to be fearless. My friends and my family." Nick Lachey 2/23/2006
"Jessica and I began playing these parts even when we were by ourselves. It became a really blurred line. There was a question about what truly was our reality. I'll tell you how I knew my marriage was over: I was told. [I was] blindsided. [She'd said] 'I think I want a divorce.' I basically said, 'Please, let's sleep on it.' But when we woke up the next day, Wednesday, she was still sure. I don't know if there were other men. But if she did cheat, it was the result of something bigger, not the reason we didn't work...Sometimes I think it would be easier if I had just walked in the house and found her in bed with a guy. That would be clear-cut. End of story. I wouldn't have to deal with the uncertainty of adultery. I don't pretend to understand Joe. I don't know if he ever liked me. To this day I couldn't say. It was painful. Do I think Joe drove a rift between us? No. Was he an influence in our marriage? Absolutely." Nick Lachey 4/19/2006
"I'm doing well. It's a process we all have to go through. This week was the final step in that process. It's a huge part of my life. But for me, personally and professionally, it's time to move on." Nick Lachey 7/3/2006
"People probably expected ['A Public Affair' to be about Nick] because of everything going on in my life, but it's not about him at all. It's about me going out with my girlfriends and forgetting everything that's around me, which is paparazzi, and just having a fun night. Because [paparazzi] can ruin a night. [However, during the] really tough time [last year when things were falling apart, Ashlee and I] laid there listening to the song ['Let Him Fly'] and just cried and cried like babies. In a lot of ways, my sister really gave me the strength to pull through this really hard time. And it was just lying there and being with her that got me through it. I knew everything would be okay. [The song] is about how sometimes you just have to know when to let something go. [It] was just perfect for that moment. And I had to sing it." Jessica Simpson 8/7/2006
"I'm in the process, but I've been consumed with the album and haven't had a chance to feel sorry for myself. I think it's a process. I don't know if I'll ever get over Jessica." Nick Lachey 6/30/2006
"[My] biggest fear is being alone [and feeling like you'll] never find that person, that you're looking for, especially when you thought you had it. [Jess shouldn't feel attacked]; Jessica knows I still love her." Nick Lachey 8/18/2006
"I'm so proud of that relationship that I was in. I'm proud of the marriage that I had and I think that Nick is an amazing man. I regret nothing and it made me who I am right now. And right now who I am, I am so in love with. I am so happy with who I am. It's all about the journey." Jessica Simpson 9/11/2006
"I went [to Africa on a a charity trip] on our three-year wedding anniversary. He stayed home. On that day, everything became so clear. I was in hospitals with all these sick kids. I just knew I needed to find something more in my life, on my own." Jessica Simpson 10/21/2006
"Oh, it hurt me. "Two or three weeks later [Nick was already out with someone else]? Yeah, I'd say it kind of hurt me. He's so much a part of my life, how could I not be [still in touch with him]? Any guy who's going to be with me from this day forward has to understand that." Jessica Simpson 2/5/2007
"I let people in on who I am and how I react to my husband. That's a big deal. Celebrities don't do that. So I think they brought me down just because I stopped talking and because I have not spoken, and will not speak, about my divorce. And I think people feel like I owe them my reality right now." Jessica Simpson 2/5/2007
"[I] wanted to die. It's one thing to have your marriage fail, but then there's another thing to have the entire world watch your marriage fail. It's like dealing with a death. You're losing somebody and you're losing a piece of yourself. I was so hurt. I wanted to shut everything down and just kind of hide." Jessica Simpson 9/8/2008
"I remember thinking, 'Oh, oh, this is the best moment of my life, hands down. Until I have a baby, that is" Jessica Simpson
"In our situation, that was probably the best thing that could have ever happened, that we didn't have kids. All things being equal, it was the best thing probably for both of us, that we went on with our lives. I wouldn't say it's friends and I wouldn't say it's enemies. There's just no contact. We've both moved on with our lives, and I think we are very happy it went the way it went. It's not animosity, it's not friendship, it's just kind of nothing. I do not. I don't rush right down to Macy's and buy a bunch of clothes or shoes, but I also don't hiss at the TV." Nick Lachey 11/12/2014

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