From Newlyweds to Not-weds

Over Thanksgiving weekend, a lot of upsetting entertainment news came down the pike. The worst, of course, was the death of Pat Morita. Of lesser importance, but still a bummer, is the fact that ABC decided this will be the last season of Alias. To cap it off, Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, everybody's favorite rich, pampered TV couple, announced they were--gulp--getting divorced!

For months, the Simpson camp has been vehemently denying it, but apparently the gossip rags were right. Simpson and Lachey released a statement over the long weekend saying, "After three years of marriage, and careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways. This is the mutual decision of two people with an enormous amount of respect and admiration for each other. We hope that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."

The couple had long been plagued with rumors of an impending breakup. In October of 2004, People magazine reported that Lachey had attended a wild bachelor party, replete with strippers. Soon after, Simpson and Lachey were separated while Simpson filmed The Dukes of Hazzard movie. In their May 5 column, New York Post celebrity columnists Rush and Molloy linked Simpson to Dukes costar Johnny Knoxville.

In July of this year, after more rumors of a marital rift surfaced, Jessica's father and manager, Joe, went into full damage-control mode, telling People magazine that even if the two kids fight it doesn't mean they are splitting, and that "if fighting is a sign of divorce, then we're all going to get divorced. My wife and I have been married 27 years. We've been at the edge of divorce for 26 of them."

Those comforting words did little to quell the uproar, however, and on August 3, New York Post celebrity columnist Cindy Adams reported that the couple had hired lawyers and drawn up divorce papers. Appearing on Live with Regis and Kelly, Lachey insisted their marriage was fine and that he wasn't jealous of his wife's ascending career.

Fans of their hit reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica may have noticed problems early on. In the third season, there were times when it seemed like Nick wanted to stuff a sock in his wife's mouth to keep her from saying various stupid things, and in return Jessica seemed disgusted with her husband's loutish, uncouth manners.

What had once been a weekly dose of the couple cooing to each other over fancy food they couldn't pronounce had turned into 30 minutes of Jessica on the road while Nick stayed at home, trying to re-sod the lawn. Rather than lavish Jessica with $50K jewel-encrusted sunglasses without a moment's hesitation, Nick expressed irritation when she wanted to spend a mere $5K on a T-shirt.

Will they ever love again? Was the media spotlight too much for youngish love? Will Joe Simpson's marriage survive 26 more years on the edge of divorce? Let it all out, is here for you!

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