Vanessa Minnillo Talks "Elephant in the Room" Jessica Simpson

Celebrity News Aug. 2, 2011 AT 1:22PM
Vanessa Minnillo Talks "Elephant in the Room" Jessica Simpson Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images; Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Newlywed deja vu!

When Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey agreed to have their July wedding filmed for their TLC reality special, the Wipeout host was well aware that people would be thinking of Lachey's first trip down the aisle to Jessica Simpson in 2002.

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In a clip from Nick & Vanessa's Dream Wedding, which aired Saturday, the 30-year-old then bride-to-be addressed the inevitable comparisons between her nuptials to Lachey, 37, and his famously documented marriage to Simpson, 31, that ended in divorce in 2006. "To address the elephant in the room, yes, coincidentally at the same time our wedding his going his ex is actually also doing the beautiful thing of getting married herself," she said.

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Simpson announced her engagement to Eric Johnson in Nov. 2010, just days after her ex-hubby shared his own good news. Minnillo mused, however, that Lachey and Simpson, 31, have both moved far beyond their Newlyweds days. "I think that she would probably pray as much as I do, that [we're allowed] to have our own moments," she said. 

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But The Sing-Off host was still touchy when it comes to comparisons between his new wife and his ex. "Jessica was so much more beautiful," a fan tweeted at him on Saturday. He snapped back: "You really are that dumb."

But another self-proclaimed fan of Lachey and Simpson as a couple disagreed. "It's not a competition, and the comparisons are very unfair to Vanessa," she said. Lachey appreciated the sentiment and thanked her for "being human."

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