Remember When Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey Were Basically a Real-Life Barbie and Ken?
The '90s were chock-full of glorious celebrity couples, but the '00s also had its fair share of gems. Not only did the era of AIM and Louis Vuitton gift us with Hollywood pairings like Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams and Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, but it also gave us one of the best pop music couples since Britney and Justin: Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. The two had an instant connection when they first met at a Christmas party in 1998 and started dating shortly after. Nick even told his mom they would get married after their first encounter. About two years later, the pair mixed business with pleasure when Jessica went on tour with Nick's band, 98 Degrees. Aside from making sweet music together, they both appeared in each other's music videos.
In 2001, Jessica broke things off to focus on her music, but they eventually reconciled following the September 11 attacks. They announced their engagement in February 2002 and tied the knot during a lavish ceremony in October. Aside from sharing the stage and the red carpet, the duo also shared the screen for their ridiculously addicting reality series, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, on MTV. While the show and their relationship ended in 2005, their picture-perfect love still holds a special place in our hearts. If you're feeling nostalgic, look back at their Barbie and Ken romance.
The duo goofed off on the blue carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards in August 2005.
The pair performed their hit song "Where You Are" during TRL in March 2000.
The couple shared a laugh during an event in Hollywood in January 2000.
Nick pulled Jessica in as they posed for photographers in May 2003.
Jessica smiled up at her husband during the American Music Awards in November 2004.
Jessica and Nick looked like Malibu Barbie and Ken during a photo shoot in August 2003.
Jessica sweetly sat on Nick's lap during an award show in January 2003.
The two couldn't hide their big grins at a Levi's Store Opening Party in July 2003.
The couple matched in all black during a charity event in November 2003.
The two had heart eyes for each other as they accepted their surfboards at the Teen Choice Awards in August 2000.
The pair got all dolled up for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in November 2004.
Jessica wore her best (and biggest) hat for the Kentucky Derby in May 2004.
The pair attended the Super Bowl together in February 2004.
Nick supported his wife's fragrance line in February 2005.
The two shared a sweet moment at the LA premiere of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle in June 2003.