Back in 2006, Vanessa Lachey (then Minnillo) was a video jockey on the popular MTV music-video show "TRL." Nick Lachey had just split from Jessica Simpson after three years of marriage in 2005 and was exploring his solo career after his group, 98 Degrees, temporarily split up. Vanessa and Nick would often see each other on "TRL" for Lachey's music commitments, but following his divorce, the two started to get close.
In February 2006, Vanessa and Nick appeared together in the music video for his song "What's Left of Me." Vanessa told Billboard in 2017 that it's the collaboration that changed their relationship. "The video, which was on 'TRL,' was the beginning of our relationship. That's what made it no longer friends, and it got romantic. To the point that if you go back and look at the video, when he came to premiere it, I was so nervous and so crushing him that I didn't show up for work that day. I called in sick," she said.