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Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo announce engagement

11/04/2010 by Kristina Lopez

Singer Nick Lachey, left, and television personality Vanessa Minnillo at the Maxim Hot 100 party in Santa Monica, Calif. on Wednesday, May 13, 2009. (AP Dan Steinberg) After four years of dating Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo are heading down the aisle. The 36-year-old Lachey proposed to Minnillo, 29, on Thursday, reports People.

"If anyone's heard the rumors of my engagement, they are absolutely true! Vanessa and I couldn't be happier," Lachey Tweeted on Thursday.

"We're excited and incredibly happy about our engagement and we look forward to a wonderful future together," the couple said in a joint statement, according to the magazine. The couple began dating in 2006 before splitting briefly in 2009.The two have not announced a wedding date.

This will be the second marriage for Lachey, who divorced Simpson in 2006. Simpson and Lachey starred on the MTV reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, which documented their married life together.

Minnillo, who is a former Miss Teen USA and television host of shows like True Beauty, once starred in a music video for Lachey's song "What's Left of Me," which was about his divorce from Simpson.

Simpson meanwhile, is also in a steady relationship with ex-NFL player Eric Johnson. "He definitely makes me very happy," Simpson said about Johnson to USA Today. "He brings out a lot of light in me and makes me very comfortable being who I am. It's nice to be with somebody who praises you for the right reasons."

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