In a first preview for the upcoming Netflix series __The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On__, celebrity couple Nick and Vanessa Lachey became frank about their relationship. Six couples are featured in the new reality series, with one partner eager to marry and the other still hesitant. The eager to settle down significant other issues an ultimatum to their partner: marry me or the two of us will split ways.
During their experience, the couples will be separated for three weeks and will live with a partner from another couple. By the conclusion of The Ultimatum, they must decide whether to marry their spouse or to leave their relationship and carry on on their own. Or maybe with a new fling.
Nick and Vanessa host the Netflix series, which shares producers with Love Is Blind, which the duo also presents together. Vanessa and Nick met in the early 2000s when Vanessa was hosting MTV's Total Request Live (TRL) and Nick was promoting his music with his boyband 98 Degrees.
Nick was still married to pop singer Jessica Simpson at the time, but after their divorce was completed in 2006, Vanessa appeared in Nick's music video for his Jessica-inspired song, "What's Left Of Me." Soon after recording the video, the couple started dating and married in 2011, before expecting their first kid a year later. Camden John Lachey, 9, Brooklyn Elisabeth Lachey, 7, and Phoenix Robert Lachey, 5, are Nick and Vanessa's three children.
To get participants ready for their voyage, the pair opens out more about their long-term romance at the start of the program. Vanessa and Nick get honest about their personal relationship and what it took for the two of them to settle down in a sneak look exclusively released by Netflix.
Vanessa tells the candidates how she and Nick finally committed after five years of dating as they prepare to spend three weeks apart and find out where their relationship is truly headed. Vanessa and Nick had been living together for a while, and Vanessa had even refurbished Nick's whole house, but she had reached a point where she was ready for something more.
"We dated for five years," the actress says. "I eventually asked, What are we doing ? " Vanessa then claimed that throughout her relationship with Nick, the couple took a break and each dated someone else. Vanessa said that the experience helped her gain perspective, saying, "I don't mind the things that I thought irritated me or were holding me back."
The actress even showed off her huge engagement ring, which Nick later purchased for her. Contestants Rae Williams and April Marie, who are both trying to convince their boyfriends to marry them, were particularly pleased to see the ring, implying to their spouses that they, too, would want one.
If an ultimatum worked for Nick and Vanessa, then it would work for the competitors as well, right ? Knowing that the show's hosts went through a similar experience before marrying makes the social experiment appear more credible. 'Nick and Vanessa's' narrative must have helped the participants feel a lot more at ease about the scenario. It remains to be seen if things will go as smoothly for the couples as they did for the hosts.