Minnillo Shuts Mom Out Of Wedding

Vanessa Minnillo expressed sadness that her mother wasn't at her wedding -- but mommy dearest says she wasn't aware of her daughter's nuptials.

vanessa minnilloVanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey were married recently, but while Minnillo and Lachey's wedding was on TV, not everyone in their families was invited to the ceremony.

Among those excluded: Minnillo's mother. Now, Helen Bondoc is speaking up about not receiving an invitation to her own daughter's nuptials.

As it turns out, Bondoc not only wasn't invited; she didn't even know that her daughter was set to walk down the aisle with Lachey.

"I didn't have a clue that Vanessa was getting married," Bondoc says. "We last spoke about 12 years ago, on the phone. I just wanted to talk to her and tell her everything straight about my life. But I still think about her all the time, and I still love her dearly."

Why are Minnillo and her mother estranged? While Minnillo bounced around between homes as her mother moved and remarried repeatedly, eventually Bondoc showed up with Minnillo at her father's house and left her there when she was nine.

"[Helen] said, 'Keep them for now,'" Minnillo's father says. "But she never came back."

Bondoc also shared why her marriage to Vanessa Minnillo's father didn't last.

"Our relationship wasn't that sexual," Bondoc says. "I think we both just wanted to be with somebody."

That's why Vanessa and Nick had a private wedding ceremony.

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Comments on "Vanessa Minnillo's mom: 'I didn't have a clue'"

Ashley August 05, 2011 | 3:32 AM

What a mother. With all the publicity since the engagement, how could she not be aware that Vanessa (her biological daughter) was getting married. From the Special, it was evident that Vanessa had no clue where her biological mother was. Over almost 2 decades since abandoning Vanessa, why has she not contacted her (in person)? This lady is a trip. She probably received money for the interview. Next, an agent and then the rounds of the talk shows?

REALLY? August 03, 2011 | 11:31 AM

Wait, the woman leaves her daughter without a word at the age of 9 and expects to know about the wedding? If she had any interest in KNOWING about her child, don't ya think she would have known something? Has she never seen a tabloid at the super market or watched TV - she didn't have any information because she did not deserve it! COME ON! what a crappy story...poor poor momy abandons her broken hearted child but wants sympathy because she didn't get an invite PULEEZE

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