The newly wed Nick Carter is living out a romance worthy of a Backstreet Boys ballad. (But don't tell his wife that, because she's never been a fan of the boy band genre.)
Carter, 34, and fitness pro Lauren Kitt Carter, 31, have been smitten since meeting on a blind date in October 2008. They tied the knot in Santa Barbara, California, just five months ago — and it shows. They could not stop gushing about each other during a recent interview with Yahoo.
Audiences will find out more about Lauren and Nick — who recently teamed up with former New Kids on the Block star Jordan Knight to form the music duo Nick & Knight — on the new VH1 reality show, I Heart Nick Carter, premiering at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Sept. 10.
What were your first impressions of each other?
Lauren: Initially, not knowing him, I thought he was arrogant. Come to find out, he was just shy. Because he didn't stand up to greet me, he was just kind of like, "Hey, what's up?" I just needed to get to know him a little bit better. Once that happened, he was very loving and warm and vulnerable and sweet.
Nick: I thought she was…
Lauren: Tall. [Laughs]
Nick: I thought she was tall and stunning, but I could tell she need someone like me to come in and love her and protect her and hold her. I just felt like she needed me.
When did you know the other person was the one?
Nick: For me, I thought she was the one the minute that I met her. It was really weird, because …
Lauren: Really? I never knew that.
Nick: Yeah, you were different. I don't know. I just felt an instant connection. I can't… It's like I just wanted to be around her. I liked her energy. I felt like she was powerful, she was strong, the minute I met her.
Lauren: It took me about three months to know that he was the one, and once I had that epiphany…. He was out on tour. I took my best friend to a tattoo shop, and I got a tattoo on the back of my neck with his initials. And it was a surprise. You remember that? And were freaking out … because you couldn't find me, and I was getting a tattoo. It says NGC on the back of my neck.
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What do you two do on date nights now?
Nick: We like to play video games. We'll play Battlefield together. We sometimes will read to one another.
Lauren: We take baths.
Nick: We don't take baths anymore. You hate it.
Lauren: I do [like it] every once in a while.
Nick: You owe me a bath now.
Lauren: He'll give me foot massages, which is like the best thing in the world.
Nick: She gives me great foot massages as well.
What kind of things do you read to each other?
Nick: Right now, we're reading Lord of the Rings.
Lauren: We read self-help books to each other, too.
Nick: I would read those to her to try to crack that hard shell that she had around her, because she was a hard one to get to. She has a soft core, but I had to break it down.
But, like all couples, there must be things you would want to change about each other or things that annoy you. What would those be?
Lauren: The only thing I would change [about him] is that when we first started dating, he had piles of clothes in his house, and instead of washing them, he would just go buy new clothes. I was like, "OK, I need to teach you [how to do] some laundry. We need a laundry system in place here." I think that was the only thing that needed changing.
Nick: I didn't want to change anything. I thought she was great.
Were you ever hesitant to do a reality show because of how it might affect your relationship?
Lauren: No. We have a really solid foundation. We were slow to get engaged, slow to get married. We took our time with everything, so I think we have just a clear understanding of one another. We also set a boundary. At the beginning of this journey, we said, "OK, if at any time, this is hurting us and not helping us in any way, we quit." So that was just a pact that we made.
What do you think is the key to your relationship?
Lauren: Therapy. [Laughs] And communication.
Nick: No, therapy definitely helped, but…
Lauren: You really just have to love someone. It's pretty basic. You have to find someone that you love and that loves you just as much. We can spend 24/7 with one another. I can't even spend that with my sister or my girlfriends, but I can spend 24/7 with him.
Nick: Yeah, she's right. Find someone that you don't get bored of and that you just love being around.
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