Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo Engaged

vanessa minnillo and nick lachey engaged

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo are engaged.  The couple began dating in 2006, following his highly publicized divorce from Jessica Simpson.

The couple released a statement: "We're excited and incredibly happy about our engagement and we look forward to a wonderful future together."

Lachey, 36 and Minnillo, 29, split in June 2009 but reunited several months later.  She attributes their long term relationship to open communication.

She told Parade magazine: "You have to talk through everything.  We talk daily about things that upset us.  It's about having a sounding board because if you hold in all your thoughts, dreams, anger and anxiety then you're only hurting yourself."

In April 2008 Lachey and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart were involved in a drinking scandal with underage girls.  A firestorm erupted when the racy photos hit the Internet.

Vanessa has some sexy pics in her portfolio too.