These are some new photos of Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson out and about last night. Okay, I know I’ve been calling Eric a loser, and maybe he is, but I do like that he’s affectionate with Jess and I also kind of like that he’s not scared by her public declarations of love. Jess has had a string of boyfriends who didn’t even want to be seen in public with her, so Eric must be a nice change, and for that, I’m happy for her.
Meanwhile, Eric’s divorce was recently finalized, and so there have been lots of rumors going around that Jessica and Eric are already engaged, or about to be engaged. Gossip Cop shot that down:
“Jess’ guy is buying a ring!” exclaims a headline in the latest In Touch Weekly.
The tab claims that Eric Johnson, who has just finalized his divorce from his first wife, is “getting ready to pop the question” to Jessica Simpson.
According to a so-called friend of Johnson, the former NFL player has “started shopping for an engagement ring, since he’s going to propose over Christmas – if he can wait that long.”
The friend adds Simpson and Johnson have begun premarital counseling at a local Christian church, and are “meeting with their minister as the next step.”
So, is the pop singer ready to settle down again? Not quite.
A source close to Simpson tells Gossip Cop that the couple is very happy, but “there is no counseling going on,” and “they are not rushing into anything.”
[From Gossip Cop]
Well… I’ll buy that they aren’t engaged… for now. But I think it will happen. I think Eric is “the one” – meaning he isn’t embarrassed to be seen with her, he seems fine with her being the one who works, and he doesn’t have enough of a personality to really be bothered by Jessica’s intellectual limitations. The One! I see a Christmas engagement.
Photos courtesy of Fame & Bauer-Griffin.