Pop hunk Nick Lachey is suffering a huge downside to his reality TV success - his fans now believe he's cheap.

Lachey and his wife Jessica Simpson have enjoyed a career rejuvenation since their show Newlyweds: NICK AND JESSICA debuted last year (03).

But his constant efforts to curb his wife's love of spending has left him with a reputation he's eager to discard.

He says, "I've somehow gotten this reputation as being overly-frugal and cheap, which I resent because I live in this huge house, I drive a nice car.

"It's just when you compare me to Jessica...you could compare Donald Trump to Jessica and he'd (look cheap). She spends money like it's going out of style and I just end up looking cheap, I guess."

17/06/2004 21:33