Nick Lachey speaks up about brother with Asperger syndrome

By Kyle Lubelski,

Singer-songwriter Nick Lachey took to media outlets this week to speak about his adopted brother Zac, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the age of 7.

According to ABC news, the former reality star spoke with Good Morning America about Zac to promote the beginning of the Lindt Gold Bunny Celebrity Auction. The proceeds go toward the autism advocacy group Autism Speaks, and donors receive gold bunnies signed by various celebrities including Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, and Blake Shelton.

Lachey, commented, “The work they do in terms of research; there are so many questions where autism’s concerned. One in 68 kids will now be diagnosed, and my younger brother Zac is one of those kids.”

People reports that Zac, now 19, began having troubles in elementary school, during which time his brothers were on tour with 98 Degrees. Today the youngest sibling lives in Cincinnati with mother Cate, and finds solace in playing video games.

"Even if people view him as quirky at times, he's genuinely a fantastic guy and a great brother," Lachey told People.

Lackey, 40, lives in New York with wife Vanessa Minnillo and son Camden. He hosts Big Morning Buzz Live on VH1.



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