Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo returned from their Mexican vacation, the vacation that produced the x-rated pictures of the couple in the jacuzzi!
Since the first photos hit the internet, through Life and Style, the couple contacted their lawyers, who in turn threatened to sue any media outlet that published the private photos. The Life and Style pictures were even censored.
If you expected Nick Lachey to say that Vanessa Minnillo is ruining his life, then you're going to be very upset when you read the couple's exclusive interview with OK! Magazine.
In the interview, Nick seems to be enjoying his new promiscious lifestyle and also appears very angry feeling and violated that the paparazzi snapped steamy picks of he and Vanessa damn near screwing in a hot tub.
“Where’s the scandal? I was in Mexico with my girlfriend of a year, celebrating our anniversary on a private vacation," Lachey explained. "It’s not like I was caught with a Mexican hooker. We’ve all gone out and had a few too many and done something stupid. We’ve all made mistakes."
Vanessa seemed a bit more ashamed of the pics but still not regretful.
Minillo says the photos are “embarrassing. But we did nothing wrong. … I felt personally violated. If I was being disrespectful I would expect to be punished, but I wasn’t. It’s wrong.”
The photos of Vanessa and Lindsay Lohan playing murder-suicide, that's a different story.
“When a photo like that gets more press than what you do, it’s sad. It was a period of seconds, over a year ago. Yes, of course, it was bad judgment. Yes, of course I was embarrassed. I haven’t seen [Lindsay] recently or talked to her. She’s trying to get herself better,” Vanessa said.
When asked about a Lachey/ Minnillo wedding, Nick says it hasn't been discussed.
“The ‘m’ word has been mischief lately. We’re enjoying each other’s company and we’re very happy, but we’re not looking too far ahead. The future will be what it will be. We’ll see where it goes.”
The entire interview appears in the latest edition of OK! Magazine available now on news stands in New York and throughout the rest of the country on Thursday and Friday.
While they may never be able to say "adios" to the paparazzi, Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo aren't sitting idly by as steamy photographs taken on their Mexican getaway make the tabloid rounds.
E! News has confirmed that Lachey has enlisted celebrity attorney Martin Singer to inform multiple magazines that they'll be playing with fire if they opt to publish the more graphic shots from a roll of film that supposedly features the singer and his TV personality paramour getting ultra-romantic in the hot tub at a private villa near Puerto Vallarta.
The July 9 issue of Life & Style already features shots of the couple frolicking on the beach, canoodling in the Jacuzzi and nakedly toweling off (with all body parts censored) on the villa's patio. But Lachey, 33, and Minnillo, 26, are obviously in no mood to see the more intimate moments of their vacation become an international event.
"As a woman, my body is a temple, it's mine," a distressed Minnillo told OK! magazine. "So it was embarrassing. But we did nothing wrong."
"This is the girl that I love," added Lachey, no stranger to being caught on camera with the girl he loves. "It's tough to see someone you care about be unfairly judged. It's hard for me as a man to see my girl go through that. Everybody said it was a scandal. Where's the scandal? I was in Mexico with my girlfriend of a year, celebrating our anniversary on a private vacation.
"It's not like I was caught with a Mexican hooker. We've all gone out and had a few too many and done something stupid. We've all made mistakes. Unfortunately, as a celebrity, you're a target."
In his cease-and-desist letter to various publications, Singer has said that the photos, taken by a Mexican shutterbug on June 23 and 24, violated Mexican law and are a clear invasion of privacy, and that legal action would be forthcoming if any of the mags decided to publish the pics.
"I felt personally violated," Minnillo said. "If I was being disrespectful I would [have] expected to be punished, but I wasn't. It's wrong."
"For me, it was disheartening," Lachey said. "Is it acceptable to violate someone's private life and personal space? Is this what it's come to? We both knew when we came into this business we had to give up aspects of our privacy. But when someone is stalking you with a zoom camera lens, in my mind, that is overstepping the bounds."
The couple touched back down in Los Angeles Monday night after their publicly pleasant holiday.
When they're not able to get away from it all (or get away from nothing at all, really), Lachey and Minnillo split time between his L.A. home and her New York condo.
And, perhaps, whatever makes them almost file lawsuits together makes them stronger.
"I see even more now that Nick is the man I thought he was," Minnillo said. "He's very strong and has a good head on his shoulders. I know now he's definitely there for me. He has single-handedly pulled me through."
Nick shrugged the whole thing off and told OK! Magazine, "What's the scandal? I was in Mexico with my girlfriend of a year, celebrating our anniversary on a private vacation. It's not like I was caught with a Mexican hooker. We've all gone out and had a few too many and done something stupid. We've all made mistakes," Come on in and see the offending pics and a whole lot more of Mr. Lachey and the beautiful Ms. Minnillo and don't forget we have piles of the ex-Mrs. Lachey, Jessica Simpson for you to feast your eyes upon as well !!