Jessica and Nick Q & A:
This is from the April 2000 "Seventeen" Magazine.
Q: What's the most romantic thing you've done for Jessica?
A: She was going on the Ricky Martin tour last October and I knew we weren't going to see each other for a long time, so I wrote a riddle for her, which explained that for every stop she was going to make on the tour, she would receive a faxed letter of the alphabet. At the end, she had a message, which read: JESS, YOU COMPLETE MY SOUL.
Q: What's the most romantic thing she's ever done for you?
A: There was a time in the spring when I was really burnt out. Jess was here in New York and I went over to see her. She knew I liked a restaurant called Harry's Burrito Junction, so she made a sign that said HARRY'S BURRITO with little lights around it. She had gotten burritos from there and brought them back. She had also bought me little knickknacks--with notes on each one: THIS ONE IS FOR WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE THIS...AND THIS ONE IF FOR WHEN YOU FEEL THIS WAY...It was really what I needed at the time.
Q: Does Jessica have any annoying habits?
A: If she orders something fried, like shrimp, she'll leave the shrimp and just eat the fried part. It's disguisting.
Q: Any cute habits?
A: I like it when she pouts. Don't tell her that, though.
Q: Do you guys talk about the future?
A: Yeah. We talk about how nice it would be to be married one day. And I think we both plan on it happening.
Q: How do you know when it's love?
A: When you can't go through a day without thinking of her. Everything that you do, every experience that you have, you want to share with that person. There's nothing that I would want to go through that I wouldn't want her to be a part of. Early on, right after we met, I said, "I'm gonna marry that girl." I just had a feeling. I hadn't even told her I loved her yet.
Q: Do you remember the first time you told her?
A: I think it was at the end of February. We had met in December. And I said it in a real noncommittal way, to be safe you know. I think I said, "I'm afraid I'm falling in love with you"--something really safe like that.
Q: Is Jessica's abstinence from sex tough to deal with?
A: It's not the easist thing in the world. I respect her, though, and I'll support anything she wants to do. And it's something I've known about her from the very beginning. She's really up front about it--and it's very sexy.
Q: How would you describe her?
A: Jess has an unbelievable spirit. It's so positive--I really think it moves people. On top of that, she's my sould mate. She makes me a better person.
Q: What's the most romantic thing Nick ever did for you?
A: We hadn't seen each other for more than two weeks, so it was the longest that we'd been apart. Nick was in New York and I was in Chicago. I called him a hundred times, and he didn't answer his phone. I was really pissed. And then at 2 A.M., he called and said, "You have room service outside your door." I hadn't ordered anything. And there he was! I was flabbergasted.
Q: Wow. And what's the most romantic thing that you've ever done for Nick?
A: When we first started dating, he had to go overseas for a month, and I kept a journal for him. Every night I wrote all about my day and how much I cared for him. At the end of the journal, it was the first time I said "I love you." After he got back from Europe, I handed it to him.
Q: Does Nick have any cute habits?
A: He does this little thing when any music goes on: He'll always bop his head and stick his little lips out. I love that. It's so cute.
Q: So how did you know it was love?
A: Well, the first time I saw him, I went home and I told my mom, "That's the guy I'm gonna marry." It was an instant thing. I can't go for five minutes without thinking about him. Even if I'm doing a show, or I'm in the busiest time of my life, I still think about him.
Q: How did you end up doing "Where You Are" for the Here on Earth soundtrack?
A: I lost my cousin, Sarah, about three years ago in a freak accident. Basically, this song is about me living life after she's passed on. The first time I heard it, I thought, You know, I've been in this situation, and I really want people to believe that their loved ones who have passed on are right there watching, and that one day you will be back together. I definately thought it had to be a duet. When I heard Nick sing, I thought, He's got to do this. I told him about Sarah, and he wrote his part.
Q: You're very vocal about your abstinence. How did you broach the subject with Nick?
A: On our first date I told him--and he loved it. He immediately embraced the idea. It's seriously very hard, because we both love each other very much. But we know it's worth it to wait. I've always dreamed about being at my wedding reception and whispering in my husband's ear, "I can't wait for tonight." I would never say that this is the right way (for everyone), but it is right for me.
Q: How do you survive a long-distance relationship?
A:We trust each other and communicate. If you don't say how you're feeling, how is he supposed to know?
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