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Jessica Simpson is “deeply saddened” by Nick Lachey’s engagement


32978, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - Saturday August 1 2009. Jessica Simpson (blonde hair) is aided by younger sister Ashlee as she teeters her way out of Katsuya sushi restaurant on some strappy gold wedges. Newly-single Jessica, who split from Tony Romo on the eve of her birthday last month, is currently filming her new reality show The Price of Beauty . That price is a reported $25,000 per episode to ensure Simpson is camera-ready . Photograph: © Greg Tidwell, PacificCoastNews.com

As we mentioned this morning, Nick Lachey finally proposed to his long-suffering girlfriend Vanessa. I made a crack about Jessica Simpson going on a tequila bender after hearing the news, and it looks like I was right. Shock. According to PopEater’s gossipy sources, Jessica Simpson isn’t doing too well with this whole “My ex-husband is marrying a beauty queen, and they have my money, y’all!” thing. Prepare yourself… I have the feeling that this report is only the first of many, many tabloid pieces analyzing how well Jessica is doing, and how she’s drinking more, and how she’s drunk dialing Nick, and how none of it matters because she HAS ERIC. Eric will play a large part in this. In fact, I can even see a competing engagement announcement. But first, PopEater’s report:

Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo’s engagement news on Thursday came as a surprise for everyone except ex-wife Jessica Simpson, who knew the day would come when the man she let get away would propose to another woman.

“Even though Jessica wants to be happy for Nick, this is a very difficult time for her,” a friend of Simpson’s tells me. “Nick was the love of her life then, man, and he was her first, so she will always have a very special place in her heart for him. She’s deeply saddened.”

The happy couple told Us Weekly that they were excited and incredibly happy about their engagement and look forward to a wonderful future together. Classy Nick got down on one knee and popped the question with an Asscher-cut diamond.

It was merely months after his ugly divorce from Jessica that Nick and Vanessa started dating in 2006, and although they briefly separated last summer, they got back together very quickly.

“Nick knows what it’s like to lose someone that you love and wasn’t going to let it happen again,” a friend of the crooner tells me. “He never thought he would ever get married again after Jessica broke his heart. He never thought he would ever allow himself to be vulnerable again, but after dating for a long time he trusts Vanessa and knows she’s the girl he wants to spend the rest of his life with.”

A Simpson insider tells me Jessica has yet to contact Nick to say congrats, and that it’s possible it may stay that way for a while, for fear she may not come off as sincere.

[From PopEater]

“…For fear she may not come off as sincere.” Ooh, I would love to hear that phone call. Drunky Simpson trying to be all coy and “over it” and then she just bursts into wailing tears and… God. Poor Jessica. CB just said that if she was in Jess’s position, she would probably be a mess too. Would I? They got divorced when… 2006? Yeah. I hope Jessica has moved on enough to not be such a mess. We’ll see.

Celebrities arrive at Beso restaurant to celebrate Ken Paves birthday in Los Angeles, Ca on August 5, 2009 Fame Pictures, Inc

Jessica Simpson took part in an event hosted by Macy's in New York City, New York on September 15, 2010. Although she was surrounded by the flashily dressed Rockettes Simpson stuck with a slimming classic black dress and sky high shoes. Fame Pictures, Inc

May 06, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - Singer JESSICA SIMPSON attends the Operation Smile Annual Gala held at Cipriani Wall Street. © Red Carpet Pictures


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