Nick Lachey's plan to surprise his wife Jessica Simpson with a ride in a hot air balloon turned out to be a disaster - because the pop beauty is scared of heights.

Lachey, 29, didn't get the reaction he was hoping for when he gave his 23-year-old wife of 10 months the ride above San Diego, California.

The former 98 DEGREES hunk, who was clearly unaware of his wife's fears, says, "When she got up there, she was just trembling and shaking."

Simpson continues, "It was a little scary because I'm afraid of heights. I thought the basket was going to fall out from underneath me."

Still, she adds, "It was very romantic."

08/08/2003 19:03