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Jessica Simpson spent hours “obsessing” over Nick Lachey’s engagement

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25 January, 2009 - Pembroke Pines, FL - Jessica Simpson. Jessica Simpson shows off her fuller figure which has become 'Weightgate' as she performs for more than 20,000 fans at the WKIS Chili Cookoff. Photo Credit: Randi Radcliff/AdMedia Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom


There are a bunch of Jessica Simpson stories in the tabloids this week, just as I predicted in the wake of Nick Lachey and Vanessa Maniwhatever’s engagement. Immediately following the announcement, PopEater’s gossip guy reported that Jess was “deeply saddened” by the news. This week’s In Touch Weekly has a story summed up with: “After Nick Lachey’s romantic proposal to girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo, Jessica Simpson is desperate to wed before her ex-husband.” People Magazine scored an interview with Pete Wentz where he talked up Jess’s relationship with her Yalie, Eric Johnson. And now the low man on the totem pole, OK! Magazine, has a behind-the-scenes piece regarding Jess’s state of mind:


Jessica learned her ex-husband was engaged the same time everyone else did - when the announcement hit the Internet. Soon, a friend tells OK!, Jessica began “calling everyone, first her sister, Ashlee, and then everyone else in her circle…she was Googling Nick for a bit.”

And then she had a friend set up a Google Alert updating her about news of the engagement.

“She spent hours obsessing about it, but then she let it go,” the friend explains. “She doesn’t want her boyfriend Eric Johnson to think for a second that she still has feelings for Nick.”

But does she? “It’s not that she has anything specific against Vanessa…it’s the fact that when Nick began dating her, everyone assured Jess that Vanessa was ‘the rebound’ and that no one marries ‘the rebound’. and now he’s marrying her and Jessica’s just in shock.”

Friends say that Jessica tries to be happy for him because she is serious about Eric. But it’s not always easy.

[From OK! Magazine, print edition]

Poor Jess. Surprisingly enough, I buy this story. I think Jessica has mixed feelings about Nick’s engagement, and that her pride is hurt more than anything. Wouldn’t everyone like to think that we’re so awesome, none of our exes can survive without us? And Jess is just hurt because Nick is all “Vanessa’s vadge is better than or equal to Jess’s.” Also: I love that Jessica needed a friend to set up a Google Alert. Poor Jess.

HOLLYWOOD , CA - JULY 28:  Actress/singer Jessica Simpson (right) and husband singer Nick Lachey arrive at the Premiere Of 'The Dukes of Hazzard' at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on July 28, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

25 January, 2009 - Pembroke Pines, FL - Jessica Simpson. Jessica Simpson shows off her fuller figure which has become 'Weightgate' as she performs for more than 20,000 fans at the WKIS Chili Cookoff. Photo Credit: Randi Radcliff/AdMedia Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

Jessica Simpson, Stephanie March Nick Cannon attend the Operation Smile benefit at Cipriani's Wall St in NYC, NY on May 6, 2010. Fame Pictures, Inc

Actress and singer Jessica Simpson speaks at the Night of the Village as part of The Women's Conference in Long Beach California on October 25, 2010.  UPI/Lori Shepler Photo via Newscom



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