Ex rivals: Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson

It's the battle for who's on top

March 05, 2012|By Dana Moran | RedEye

Nick Lachey's having a baby -- or rather, his wife, Vanessa Lachey, is. The pair announced Monday via "Live! With Kelly" and Twitter that they're expecting their first child. But wait, what's this? Lachey's ex, Jessica Simpson, also is about to pop out her first tot. It seems like these two have done nothing but try to one-up each other since their split. We took a look at the evidence to see who's coming out on top -- face-off style.

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Nick: Nick made the rounds with "Dancing With The Stars'" Cheryl Burke, current Jay Cutler squeeze Kristin Cavallari and ... Kim Kardashian! Imagine if that one had worked out.

Jessica: Two words: Sexual napalm. After a stint with the ever-classy John Mayer, it looked like Jess was in for the long haul with Dallas QB Tony Romo. Until he dumped her the night before her 29th birthday.

Winner: Jessica. While she suffered plenty of heartbreak at the hands of those two oafs, it makes for great wine-and-magazine-night gossip fodder.

Wedding bells

Nick: Other than a short split, Nick and Vanessa Minnillo have been together since 2006. He popped the question on Nov. 4, 2010, and they tied the knot last year on Richard Branson's private island.

Jessica: While she and NFL boyfriend Eric Johnson confirmed their engagement on Nov. 14, 2010, they seem to be waiting until their baby arrives to walk down the aisle.

Winner: Nick. While Jess told Ryan Seacrest that "I couldn't be more happy for Nick," after hearing the news, we kinda-sorta think she probably freaked out a lot.


Nick: The former 98 Degrees heartthrob now takes the stage as the host of NBC's "The Sing-Off." His last solo album, "What's Left of Me," came out in 2006.

Jessica: Her fashion empire alone raked in $750 million in 2010. Yes, you read that right. She's also released three albums since the split, with a fourth in the works.

Winner: Jessica. Someone's laughing A LOT on the way to the bank.


Nick: Vanessa's about 12 weeks along right now, and is due in late summer or early fall.

Jessica: She and Eric Johnson announced her pregnancy via a mummy-themed Halloween tweet, and from the look of things, she'll be giving birth any day now.

Winner: Jessica. You beat him this time, girl!

OVERALL WINNER: Jessica. With a dude on her arm, a baby on the way and a bazillion dollars in the bank, she's got this one locked up.

SOURCE: People.com, latimes.com

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