They were forced to evacuate when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990, leading to the Gulf War of 1991, and Helen brought the kids back to the US, leaving them with their father until she could get back on her feet.
That would be the last Vanessa would see of her mother, who never returned.
January 5, 2015) and one more son, Phoenix Robert Lachey (b. It's a comforting thought to know that I've got my partner by my side walking through life and all the ups and the downs. There's nothing too big or too crazy that's going to tear us apart.
Instead, Vanessa began a new life, along with her brother, living with her father Vince and his new wife, Donna, whom she now calls her "best friend".
With her life more settled, Vanessa began to turn her attention to the Miss South Carolina beauty pageant in 1996.
“I can’t WAIT to get started tomorrow with @maksimc on week 4! ” Vanessa wrote on her Instagram earlier in the week.
Also pictured: Nick and partner Peta Murgatroyd heading into practice on Friday (October 6).
Her father is American, from Ohio, and is of half Italian, one quarter Russian-Jewish, and one quarter Irish, descent.