Nick Lachey may have reunited with 98 Degrees, but one thing is very different about touring now compared to back in the day: he’s a first-time dad! With being a parent to son Camden along with wife Vanessa Minnillo, the 39-year-old singer is going through quite the transition. But though scheduling may be hectic, he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It changes everything in your life. The way you think about things, your perspective on things, the way you schedule things,” he tells me of being a new dad. “Then I get off stage late and we have a record signing till midnight and you come home and unwind, you get in bed at 2:00. When he gets up at 7:30, he doesn’t care what you’ve done the night before. He’s ready to eat.”
Adding, “So everything kind of gets shifted and you have to learn to manage your time and balance schedule a little better than maybe we did in 2001 on our last tour. But it’s an awesome experience to be out here on the road with my family and to be able to still have him be a part of my life and me be a part of my life. He’s changing so much on a daily basis. I can’t imagine not being there to see all that. So it’s pretty cool having him out here with me.”
Lachey and the band recently performed on the Today Show along with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men.
Nick Lachey is keeping busy. With a new gig hosting the NBC series The Winner Is, the 39-year-old singer is also gearing up for his upcoming reunion tour with 98 Degrees. Not to mention, he’s also doing daddy duty for the very first time. But as Lachey picks up his second hosting job, we couldn’t help but wonder if being around other musicians gave him the itch to get back into the studio with the boys.
“I think that in particular it kind of gave me the itch to say, you know this really would be cool to get the guys back together and do something again. But being around great music is great no matter what it is,” he told me. “I think its more coincidence than cause and effect being around these kinds of shows. It kind of rekindles your joy for music and does make you want to get out there and do it again.”
“The reunion has kind of been something that we’ve considered doing and talked about doing for years and years now,” he revealed. “It was just kind of a question of timing and everyone’s availability and the right, you know, kind of the right moment to come together and do it. So it definitely wasn’t solely because of being a part of The Sing-Off and The Winner Is, but when you’re around musicians and all these great acapella groups—in 98 Degrees we did a lot of acapella. It’s kind of how we got signed.”