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They haven't exactly been sitting in a tree, but this hasn't stopped Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo from doing a lot of public k-i-s-s-i-n-g recently.

But why her, Nick? What is it about this host of MTV's Total Request Live?

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"She's a guys' girl," a friend of the couple's told Us magazine for a cover story. "Jessica was always about going somewhere that was a scene with a big entourage. Vanessa can play darts and chill."

Evidently, balls also played a role. Not Nick's. Vanessa's love for them ... on the field.

After all, Minnillo also scored points for being a fellow sports nut. While Simpson rolled her eyes at Lachey's passion, Minnillo revels in it.

One story said that when she and Lachey were still in the platonic friendship stage, "Nick commented on his love for the [hometown NFL team], Cincinnati Bengals and Vanessa blew him away by running off the team's poor stats," says a Lachey source. "He tells friends, ‘It's like talking to your best guy friend, but she's a smoking-hot chick.'"

But just how hot? Check out this picture of Vanessa and Jessica and let us know!

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We hope Jessica Simpson was busy studying her lines for The View on Wednesday afternoon.

At the very least, maybe her TV dial was broken; otherwise, the singer may have been tuned in to Total Request Live when ex-husband, Nick Lachey, appeared with girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo to promote his latest single. The pair was not unaffectionate:

Nick and Nessa

The name of the single? I Can't Hate You Anymore. Absolutely no way that's referring to Simpson, right?

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Nick Lachey broke loose from Vanessa Minnillo lap dances long enough to talk about his excitement of children recently.

"I'd like to believe I'll have a family and have kids of my own," Lachey told Extra. "For me, it's what I look forward to more than anything else."

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As for whether that future family includes Minnillo, Lachey would only say: "She's a great friend. I'll leave it at that."

A REALLY great friend, considering how often Lachey is seen running into her building - and failing to live up to the qualities of Derek Jeter.

Lachey did sound cautious in the interview. Shocking considering how his life bare when he and his now ex-wife, Jessica Simpson, starred in their MTV's Newlyweds, On that topic, and relationships in general, he said:

"That's the one thing I learned, that's a part of my life I'm going to keep private from now on, and we'll leave it up to everyone's imagination."

The former boy band singer also did not comment on the revelation that Lance Bass is gay - but he did offer support for Simpson's new album, "A Public Affair." It hits stores August 29.

"I'm a huge fan of hers, I always have been," he says. "I wish her nothing but the best with everything she does in life including her singing career. She deserves every bit of success she's had."

Nick sounds like a good guy. But is he a hot guy, compared with Dane Cook? Let us know!

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Stop the presses! A couple was acting like a couple!

Perhaps in an attempt to prove his non-wussiness, Nick Lachey brought babe friend, Vanessa Minnillo, to the New York City club Butter Monday night, where they partied with fellow celebrities, danced, kissed and partied throughout the evening.

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Jessica Simpson was nowhere to be found this time, as Lachey - looking sharp as ever in jeans and a button-down shirt - and Minnillo, in a red dress, began the night chatting in their booth with Russell Simmons before Minnillo danced on the banquet to "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira.

The Gossip wil need a second after hearing that ... okay ...

When Jay-Z's "99 Problems" came on at around 12:45 a.m., Minnillo indulged Lachey in what would be the first of several lap dances. Yes, SEVERAL.

The MTV VJ wasn't done yet, however. She was up on the dance floor again soon after giving Lachey 98 degrees of fun, dancing with Jamie-Lynn Sigler to the Jackson 5's "Want You Back" and "Sweet Home Alabama."

From there, the night simply rolled - and grinded - on. "SexyBack," by Justin Timerbake, came on and Minnillo settled into Lachey's lap and sang it to him.

But the song that Lachey enjoyed the most was the Rocky theme, "Eye of the Tiger," which got him waving his arms and moving his head to the beat.

Reports didn't state whether or not he hugged Apolla Creed on the beach.

Later, Lachey did shots with Wilmer Valderrama, who was holding court with friends including Erika Christensen. Finally, the pair left at 3 a.m., holding hands.

A rep for Lachey had no comment. Perhaps because there wasn't any real news - except for, you know, those scorching hot lap dances. Yowza!

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This news is gonna gonna help Nick Lachey receive votes in our survey.

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The former boy band member and Jessica Simpson lackee has been named one of the wussiest artists in music, according to Blender magazine. Sadly, Lachey couldn't even earn the number-one spot in this poll. He had to settle for second behind James Taylor.

Here's the publication's justification for such a ranking:

Granted, if we'd been dumped by Jessica Simpson, we'd probably be pretty bummed, too. But Lachey's new D-I-V-O-R-C-E album wallows in so much misery and self-pity it makes Morrissey sound like the Pussycat Dolls.

"There's only so many tears that you can cry," the ex-Newlywed sobs on one track. Let's hope he's right - for everyone's sake.

The Gossip is sure of one thing: Derek Jeter only shed tears of World Series rings!

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We don't know for sure what happened between Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson.

But while Lachey has settled on Vanessa Minnillo - after dating every set of mammary glands in Hollywood - Jessica has only been linked to one lucky guy: Dane Cook. Are these Teen Choice Award co-hosts actually an item?

Who cares? What's important is that YOU, the reader, now have a chance to comment on which hunk is the hottest:

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Ok, so Joe Simpson possibly blackmailing Nick Lachey over his interactions with Vanessa Minnillio is a bit exciting.

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But forget that - what about the recent Nick and Jessica Simpson reunion?!? PerezHilton.com reports that the former flames had an awkward run-in with one another Friday night at the bar, Hyde.

A major reason why the air was full of chills? Minnillos was also there.

"Nick walked over to Jessica's table, gave her a hug and said hello to her and to Ken Paves," said a source. "It wasn't the most comfortable situation but it was totally civil and everyone was cool and Jessica was nice."

At least Jessica wasn't totally alone. A hair stylist is almost like a boyfriend. Showing she has brains to match her looks, meanwhile, Vanessa stayed behind at Nick's table.

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Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo are one happy couple - and that doesn't sit well with one controlling father.

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Reports allege that Joe Simpson - the paternal manager of Jessica and Ashlee, pictured on the left - tried to strong-arm a club into providing him security footage of a night Lachey was cohorting with Minnillo. According to a source cited by the New York Daily News:

"Joe was looking to incriminate Nick. He told the club, 'If you ever want to see my daughter there, you'll give me what I want.'"

Apparently it's illegal to attend a club after you're divorced. A Simpson rep called the story "preposterous," while Jessica wondered what that word meant.

In other Lachey and Minnillo news: The doormen in Minillo's apartment complex on the East Side of Manhattan probably wouldn't mind any scheme with Nick as the target.

They seem to miss Vanessa's former squeeze, Derek Jeter, "because he was much nicer and a lot more fun â€" and he didn't mind signing things for the boys." He also turned a better double play.

A TMZ spy says that Minillo and Lachey have entered the building and had the nerve to ignore the staff as they tried to elude paparazzi hot on their trail. Jeter, on the other hand, would have come up big in this clutch situation, satisfying the demands of all involved.

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SoulO, Nick Lachey's debut album, may have been a clunker - but with his second effort standing strong on the charts, a solo tour is now in the works for the ex-Mr. Simpson.

What's Left of Me debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Album Chart and sold more than 500,000 units. As a result, Jive Records label on Monday announced Lachey's first-ever solo concert schedule. It will take place across North America this September or the first time. These shows will be performed in a series of smaller theatres, allowing intimate concerts with fans," Jive said in a statement.

Nick Lachey, Short Hair

But will hot girlfriend, Vanessa Minnillo, be joining her man across the nation? As the tour hits 26 cities, including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia and New York, Lachey may become a major Yankees fan. He won't want Minnillo's ex, Derek Jeter, to have any free time on his hands in the fall.

Meanwhile, a second single, from the CD will hit airwaves n July 24. It's called "I Can't Hate You Anymore" - and there's no way it was written with Jessica Simpson in mind.

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Oh no. Jessica Simpson looks so happy in the video for her new single, "A Public Affair." We hope that gorgeous smile remains intact as she reads the latest from The Gossip ...

Responding to rumors that Nick Lachey isn't over his ex-wife, MTV host Vanessa Minnillo displayed confidence and humor. She insists her and the pop hunk are very happy together.

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"Nick's a really great guy. He's very sweet and we're really happy," she said.

Awwww. Minnillo also claims the pair is dating each other exclusively, despite rumors that she's still involved with her former flame - and current Yankees' super stud - Derek Jeter. They're determined to make their relationships work, as they navigate between her home in New York City and his in Los Angeles.

"There are certain sacrifices that we make. I'll travel with him on tour. He'll come to visit me," Minnillo continued. "We see each other as often as we can. We're gonna make it work."

The newly divorced Lachey will be joining Minnillo in New York City over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, as he's scheduled set to perform at the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular Tuesday.

Others, however, may wish to circle July 19 on their calendar. Minnillo, the host of TRL on MTV, will welcome Jessica to the show, as the beauty debuts her new single. Will a catfight ensue between these pals?

The Gossip can only hope.

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