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Nick Lachey has always seemed like a grounded individual.

How else do you put up with the whining of Jessica Simpson during years of marriage?

So it doesn’t come as a surprise that this former boy band member and current hunk put the flak regarding photos of himself and girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo nude in perspective.

Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd
Photo via ABC

“Where’s the scandal? I was in Mexico with my girlfriend celebrating our anniversary together on a private vacation,” Lachey said. “It’s not like I was caught with a Mexican hooker.”

It’s hard to argue with those points. Heidi Fleiss wasn’t involved. David Hans Schmidt didn’t sponsor the act. It was simply two consentual adults expressing their love for one another.

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo choose to wear bathing suits during this dip. Probably a good idea from now on.

Of course, this doesn’t mean Nick wants the world to see such sex photos. He has taken legal action against them being released, hiring lawyer Marty Singer to prevent the most lewd pic from being seen.

“We’ve all gone out and had a few too many and done something stupid. We’ve all made mistakes,” Lachey added.

Honestly, Nick, having sex with your girlfriend is far from a drunken mistake. It sounds like Amy Polumbo may have made far worse errors in judgment.

A source, meanwhile, called the pictures “Paris Hilton sex tape level.”

But weren’t people disappointed with the amount of nudity in that grainy video? Wake us when you come up with something that Olivia Mojica sex tape level.