A Whole (Old) World
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
A look back at when Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey tackled Aladdin and wooed us with their loving looks and powerful vocals.
By Lorena O'Neil
I have an overwhelming and unfounded love for Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. And by unfounded I mean it is not rooted in knowing either of them personally, or pretending I know anything about their actual, real-life, human selves.
What I do know? Nick (we’re on a first-name basis in my head) told his band, 98 Degrees, he wanted to marry Jess soon after he met her. They broke up and then got back together after September 11. Their Newlyweds TV show was a hilarious guilty pleasure, and Jessica Simpson’s Chicken-of-the-Sea and buffalo wings comments were reminiscent of a modern-day I Love Lucy episode. Nick’s band (in pop-teenager-land where I lived) was as underrated as Jessica Simpson’s vocal chords.
Is there anything as sweetly nostalgic as Jessica, Nick and their dimples singing together to a Disney song?
What I didn’t know? They recorded their own duet version of “A Whole New World” together. And made it a music video. A Jess and Nick, Aladdin-themed music video.
Is there anything as sweetly nostalgic as J-Simps, Nick Lachey and their dimples singing together alongside images of one of the best Disney films ever? Could you imagine another reality TV couple — say Kim Kardashian and Kanye West — recording a music video like this? (I know. They did record a music video together. Don’t remind me, I’m still recovering.)
Allow OZY to give you the opportunity to briefly return to a world where the newlyweds loved each other so much, and we loved them. Their split led me to the same irrational sadness as the demise of super-couples Jen Aniston and Brad Pitt, Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson and Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. I understand Jess and Nick are both now happily married to other people with their respective babies. +1 for reality.
But in la-la land over here, I’ll be watching old Jess and Nick music videos for entertainment. Join me.