Nick Lachey wants everyone to know that he's the reason Kim Kardashian is ... well, famous.
The 98 Degrees singer opens up about his brief romance with Kardashian in Details magazine's May issue, suggesting that the reality star used him to get famous back in 2006.
Following his high-profile divorce from Jessica Simpson -- "Newlyweds" anyone!? -- Lachey dated Kardashian for about a week. When asked in Details if the paparazzi shots of one of their first dates in May 2006 mark the start of Kardashian's launch into fame, Lachey says, "That's one way to interpret it."
"Let’s just say this: We went to a movie. No one followed us there. Somehow, mysteriously, when we left, there were 30 photographers waiting outside," he continued, laughing.
Lachey, 39, who recently welcomed his first child with wife Vanessa Minnillo, goes on to reveal that he thinks Kanye West's baby mama tipped off the paparazzi about their rendezvous.
"There are certain ways to play this game, and some people play it well," he explains, before agreeing that Kardashian's now-infamous sex tape with Ray J helped her get noticed.
"Yeah," Lachey says. "Well, that was already in the can."
Still although it sounds like Lachey is throwing Kardashian under the bus, the 32-year-old mom-to-be has confessed that her relationship with the boy-bander got her a lot of attention.
"It started when I went out on a date with Nick Lachey. Of course the paparazzi took pictures, because people were curious about who he was with," she writes in the 2010 book, "Kardashian Konfidential."
"The next night I was out with Paris Hilton," she continued. "We were in her car and the paparazzi started taking pictures. Usually they would shout, 'Paris! Paris! Paris!' [But] they started yelling 'Kim! Kim! Kim!' I wanted to hide, and Paris and I just looked at each other and laughed. She said, 'Whatever you do, just smile.' I thought, this is so weird, I don't know what’s going on. It was surreal."
And the rest is history.
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Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry announced their split in April 2010, and in November, the model was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/22/kim-kardashian-gabriel-aubry-_n_786940.html" target="_hplink">spotted out and about with newly-single Kardashian</a>. The couple enjoyed a Lakers game and a movie date together, but less than a month later, Kardashian would meet Kris Humphries -- and he would sweep her off her feet.
Kardashian was rumored to be <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/07/michael-copon-kim-kardash_n_753863.html" target="_hplink">casually dating</a> "One Tree Hill" actor (and her "Beyond The Break" co-star) Michael Copon in October 2010, and he even appeared on her E! reality show, "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," but that's about it.
Kardashian switched teams after splitting from Bush -- literally. She began dating Dallas Cowboys football player <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/13/kim-kardashian-boyfriend_n_644504.html" target="_hplink"> Miles Austin in July 2010</a> but the pair <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20427399,00.html" target="_hplink">split in September</a> after just a few months together.
Kardashian found love once again later in 2007 -- this time with football player Reggie Bush. Their relationship drama was documented on the E! reality show, "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," and we thought Kim had finally found "The One." However, the on-and-off couple <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/hwood_party_girl/kim_kardashian_reggie_bush_split_again/172983" target="_hplink">ended things for good in March 2010</a>. Bush continues to play football -- now for the Miami Dolphins -- and was most recently linked to Melissa Molinaro, an actress <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/22/reggie-bush-now-dating-kim-impersonator_n_882234.html" target="_hplink">bearing a striking resemblance</a> to Kardashian.
After her split from Ray J, Kardashian moved on with actor/rapper/comedian Nick Cannon. The couple reportedly split in early 2007 after the release of Kardashian's sex tape. Cannon, who is currently a radio personality on New York's 92.3 NOW FM, tied the knot with Mariah Carey in April 2008. The couple welcomed their first children, fraternal twins, in April 2011.
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