Vanessa Lachey talks marriage and taking her husband's last name

By Marissa Willstein,
Mrs. Lachey finally legalizes her name change

Goodbye Vanessa Minnillo, and hello Vanessa Lachey. After marrying Nick Lachey in July, the Winter Wipeout host finally legalized her new last name just the other day.

In November, Vanessa excitedly tweeted, “"So.... I'm making it official, and I LOVE my "new name"! @VanessaLachey.... has a nice ring to it ;-).”

Unfortunately, changing your Twitter handle doesn’t make the name change legal. Mrs. Lachey sat down with Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover and discussed why it has taken her months to officially take her husband’s surname.

"When you get caught up with things, it takes time to legally do it, but I'm doing that today," she said. “I got my social security card on Friday … and today, after this, I’m going to get my driver’s license.”

Vanessa is a woman of her word! That same day she tweeted, "Just left the DMV, it official... "VANESSA JOY LACHEY" is hittin the streets!"

During the interview, she also revealed how the decision to change her name came about.

When asked if Nick pressured her, she responded, “We talked about it and he was so sweet. He said, ‘Whatever you want, I understand.’ And I said, ‘But would it mean a lot to you if I took it? Because I’m old fashioned and I want to.’ And he said, ‘What guy wouldn’t want their girl to take their name fully?’ [But] He didn’t push me, no, no, no.”

Although they dated for years prior to their wedding, Vanessa told Access Hollywood that it does feel “different” now that they are married.

“[You] have this security blanket of knowing your partner and your best friend is there for you forever,” the former TRL host explained.

She even got teary eyed when the show aired a clip of the couple’s wedding ceremony.

Before getting a little emotional, Vanessa joked that Nick is clueless when it comes to fashion.

“The day that Nick buys me Louboutins is the day that hell freezes over,” she laughed.

See Vanessa’s interview with Access Hollywood below to get all of the details. They really seem like an adorable couple!



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