Nick Lachey & Vanessa Minnillo Split

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Looks like the fire has burned out for Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo.

A rep for V confirms that the couple who have been dating seriously since 2006 are over.

"They have amicably split but remain good friends who still greatly care for one another," the mouthpiece said.

A pal of the couple concurs that the "friend" talk isn't bunk, and that Vanessa & Nick are still close, but that the split "was the right thing for both of them to do."

I'm thinking Vanessa was pushing for a ring and maybe former-Newlywed Nick wasn't so ready to jump back into that situation.

Oh well -- they were kinda boring together anyway. Except for those steamy hot tub photos.

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