There’s been a lot of gossip about the fact that Jessica Simpson has allegedly been supporting her new boyfriend, a former pro football player and grad school dropout named Eric Johnson. In Touch ran a story in last week’s issue (the one that is about to be replaced on the newsstand) including quotes from Johnson’s estranged wife, Keri Johnson, about how he’s broke and is likely freeloading off Jessica. She’s quoted on the record as saying “Eric is plain out of money. He was going to grad school because he didn’t know what else to do, and then he just dropped out. He lived with me until October of last year, but now I think he’s living in her house.” They also included quotes from supposed insiders countering that Eric genuinely cares for Jessica and is not sponging off her, like “He… owns several real estate properties [and] is very romantic and frequently surprises her with candlelit dinners that he has cooked.”
Whatever is going on, Jessica is elated and that’s what matters. She recently told Popsugar in a red carpet interview that she was “feeling great about myself… in a non-arrogant way… there’s a lot of good things that happened this summer that I’m sure you are aware about.” One good thing that Jessica might not be ready to share yet (as hard as it is to believe that there are things she doesn’t share) is an engagement or maybe pending-engagement. Jessica wasn’t wearing a ring on her left hand in that PopSugar interview, but Star claims she has a 3 carat emerald cut engagement ring, that she bought it herself and that she’s telling friends she’s going to marry Eric:
Jessica Simpson is telling her friends that she is going to marry Eric Johnson, even though she’s only been seeing him for a few weeks. She bought herself and [sic] engagement ring! A $50,000 three carat emerald-cut diamond! Eric is worried he’s not financially secure enough to start a future with her, but Jessica wanted to show him that she doesn’t care about that — and she has enough money for them both
[Information from Star via Jezebel]
So is this feminist, naive, or a little of both? In past coverage I’ve called it naive but a lot of you have pointed out that it is perfectly acceptable for a rich woman to support her boyfriend. We don’t bat an eye when it’s a guy supporting a woman. Still, this is Jessica Simpson we’re talking about and if she’s the one pushing an engagement she should be careful to make sure it’s not just her idea and her accelerated timetable. For her sake I hope this guy is sincere and that he’s with her for love.
We ran this photo in our last story on Jessica, and someone pointed out that Jessica is hauling her three bags herself while her boyfriend isn’t carrying one piece of luggage.