Vanessa Minnillo's troubled relationship with her parents: Get the exclusive story here!
Previously known as Vanessa Minnillo, the actress took up the surname Lachey after she tied the knots with singer Nick Lachey in 2011. The actress revealed she adopted her husband's last name because she is old-fashioned and because it meant a lot to Nick. Minnillo's journey into showbiz started with the actress winning several beauty pageants.
She won Miss Teen South Carolina and was crowned Miss Teen USA title. Vanessa started her professional career by hosting popular shows like MTV's The Morning After and Total Request Live. Lachey is today a high profiled actress, fashion model, and television host, but her turbulent childhood and her relationship with her parents is a story that isn't explored much.
Who are Vanessa Minnillo's Parents?
Vanessa Joy Minnillo was born on November 9, 1980, in Angeles City, Philippines. Her father, Vincent Charles Minnillo, was in the air force and had to move frequently. He was deployed at the 13th Air Force Regional Medical Center at Clark Air Base in Angeles City, where he met Minnillo's mother, Helen Ramos Bercero.
Minnillo grew up with her father and step-mom. Photo Source: Pinterest
Minnillo describes her childhood as tumultuous. The actress had an uprooted childhood because of her father's profession. The family would often relocate to new homes. Three years after her birth, Minnillo's parents separated, and when she turned nine, her mother left the family and set a new family with her adopted son Vincent. Vanessa was raised by her father and her stepmother Donna.
It was not until Minnillo's marriage with singer Nick Lachey in 2011 that her bitter relationship with her estranged mother came to light. The actress's mother claimed that she didn't even know that her daughter got married, let alone getting an invitation to the couple's lavish nuptials.
Vanessa's mother reveals she wasn't invited to her daughter's wedding. Source: E!
"We last spoke about 12 years ago, on the phone. I just wanted to talk to her and tell her everything straight about my life," Helen said. Vanessa's father revealed that his ex-wife had completely abandoned her daughter and never looked back after leaving.
Vanessa Minnillo and Nick's Reactions to Nick's Ex-Wife's Claims!
Not long ago, Lachey's ex-wife, singer Jessica Simpson revealed stuff that shook Lachey and Vanessa's world. Earlier this year, Simpson dropped her memoir, Open Book, unveiling her decade-long hurt and complaints. Jessica and Nick were married from 2002 to 2006, and the 98 Degrees lead started seeing Vanessa in 2007.
Minnillo's husband, Nick, is unbothered by his ex-wife's memoir. Photo Source: Pop Crush
"So, Nick, you're with another already? Seems that you forgot the love you spoke to me. I'm saddened beyond belief. Alone in the dark, with no one to call my own," Simpson wrote in her memoir. In a statement revealed by Lachey, the singer said he is not even a bit interested in his ex-wife's memoir. "I lived the book. I know what the truth is, so I don't need to read someone's version of it in a story," he said.
Vanessa hasn't released any statement in the matter, but the actress is surely hinting at her and Nick's blissful marriage. She was recently given the lead role in CBS's NCIS Hawai. The beauty queen told E! that her husband had no objection when she said they would have to relocate to Hawaii for the series. Nick and Vanessa have three kids.
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