Nick and Vanessa Lachey Open Up About Premature Birth of Son Phoenix: ‘We Leaned on Each Other’

Nick Lachey knew opening adult about his mother Vanessa‘s beforehand broach of their son Phoenix Robert was going to be tough — though he also knew it was necessary.

“What I’ve found is so many people go by identical practice and there is strength in pity those stories,” Nick told PEOPLE after Monday’s part of Dancing with a Stars, where Vanessa achieved a dance desirous by her knowledge giving birth to Phoenix during usually 29 weeks in December.

“It’s one of a hardest things I’ve left by though overtly it’s excellent in a finish and it’s critical to share that.”

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Nick certified he was “petrified” during a 6 weeks Phoenix spent in a NICU, though he says a knowledge brought him closer to Vanessa.

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“Kids in ubiquitous move we closer together as a integrate and anything we go by and we overcome, whatever that onslaught competence be, we consider strengthens we in a finish and we gaunt on any other,” he told reporters.

Nick suggested that Vanessa spent some-more time during Phoenix’s side while he was home examination their dual comparison children. (Phoenix is now 10 months while comparison hermit Camden John is 5 and sister Brooklyn Elisabeth is 2.)

“Our youngest wasn’t even aged adequate to go see him, so usually Camden got to go see him,” says Nick. “And afterwards a scary, there’s beeps and alarms and this and that and tubes and it’s like we don’t wish to … it’s a tough thing. There’s usually no dual ways about it.

“But we leaned on any other and got by it with good friends and family around us and in a finish all was ideally fine, so we am anxious to be means to tell that story tonight and we wish it inspires somebody else out there to kind of keep their conduct up.”

Season 25 of Dancing with a Stars front Mondays (at 8 p.m. ET) on ABC.