Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey both have families and separate lives these days, but at one point, they were a pop power couple who helped jumpstart the reality television craze with their show Newlyweds.
But just because Jessica and Nick had a major connection in their past, doesn’t mean their families will be hanging out anytime in the future (even if their kids are close in age). In fact, Nick revealed in an interview that it’s been years since he’s even talked to his ex-wife.
“Honestly…probably six years,” he admitted. “It was like another lifetime ago.”
Nick and Jessica began dating in 1999, and married in October 2002. Their life as a newly married couple was enviable on their reality show, but clearly there was more going on behind the scenes, because the hot duo divorced in December 2005. Hey, that means they spoke at least once in the first two years after their split, right?
While it’s great that Nick and Jess are both happy now, it’s hard to not reminisce on the Newlyweds era and remember them as the way they were back then. Click through the gallery to relive some of their sweetest moments!
December 1999 Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey share a New Year's Eve kiss while ringing in Y2k. (Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect)
January 2000 Nick and Jessica laugh it up at Teen People's 2nd Anniversary party in January 2000. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
March 2000 Jessica performs with some help from Nick on MTV's TRL in March 2000. (Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect)
August 2000 Jessica and Nick celebrate their Teen Choice Awards wins with a kiss in August 2000. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)
August 2000 The couple gives a romantic performance during the US Open's Arthur Ashe Kids' Day in August 2000. (Photo By George De Sota/Liaison)
July 2002 The couple makes a red carpet appearance together at the 2002 ESPY Awards in July. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
February 2003 Nick and Jessica have a hot night out in Vegas in February 2003. (Photo by Scott Harrison/Getty Images)
March 2003 The couple shares an intimate moment at GM's Ten Fashion Show in March 2003. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
August 2003 The couple looks totally in love during a portrait session for their reality show in August 2003. (Photo by Bob Riha Jr/WireImage)
November 2003 Nick and Jessica snuggle up during a promotional hosting event in November 2003. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
January 2004 Nick and Jessica cozy up at the Golden Globes after party in January 2004. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
February 2004 Nick carries his former ladylove Jessica during an MTV part for the 2004 Superbowl. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
July 2004 Jessica gets some love from her former hubby at her extravagant 24th birthday party in July 2004. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
October 2004 The couple dresses up for a Halloween party in 2004. (Photo by Dan Tuffs/Getty Images)
February 2005 Nick helps Jessica celebrate the launch of her fragrance in February 2005. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
February 2005 The couple gets dolled up to attend the Academy Awards in February 2005. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
2005 MTV VMA's Hosted By Diddy - Arrivals arrives at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida.
June 2005 The couple still looks happy together during an appearance at the MTV Movie Awards in June 2005. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
July 2005 Things are still looking up during Jessica's birthday party in July 2005. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage for PMK/HBH)
November 2005 Nick and Jessica put on a brave face just days before announcing their split.