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In fact, Helen Bondoc had no idea that her gorgeous 30-year-old daughter was even getting married.
And when Star spoke with her exclusively at her South Carolina mobile home 12 days after Vanessa and Nick’s July 15 wedding in the British Virgin Islands, Helen struggled with her emotions.
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Vanessa Minnillo’s Estranged Mother “Oh my goodness, she’s beautiful!
” Helen, 57, told Star as she grew misty-eyed while looking at photos of Vanessa and Nick on their St. “She’s changed so much, though I can still see that little scar on her forehead from where she picked at her chicken pox when she was a child.
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and send them home with gift baskets full of autographed memorabilia the next morning.
“I think we both just wanted to be with somebody.” PHOTOS: Nick Lachey Has A Vegas Bachelor Party A year after Vanessa was born, they moved to the Los Angeles area, but Helen and her hubby — who once likened their relationship to “World War III” — were soon on the outs.
“Helen had a terrible temper,” a family friend tells Star, “and eventually she and Vincent were at each others’ throats.” They divorced in 1986; Helen got custody of little Vanessa and Vince Jr. PHOTOS: Nick & Vanessa Return From Their Honeymoon As the family moved around during that relationship, Helen tells Star: “I worked as a waitress at a strip club in Florida, and as a hostess at the Palomino strip club in Las Vegas. Helen’s second marriage ended soon after — and so did her relationship with Vanessa after she dropped her and her brother off at their father’s house in Charleston, S. PHOTOS: Nick Lachey And Vanessa Minnillo Enjoy Their Honeymoon “[Helen] said, ‘Keep them for now,’ ” Vincent recalls.
Retirement of a long-time player is a bittersweet thing: bitter because you have to say goodbye to someone you've watched grow from a young, uncertain caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly; sweet because you get to re-live all the moments along the way.