Did Eric Johnson & Jessica Simpson get engaged at 11:11 on 11/11?

44980, NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Wednesday Septemeber 15 2010. Jessica Simpson makes a guest appearance at Macy's in New York's Herald Square to launch her collection for the Find Your Magic campaign. The curvy Texan celebrated her 30th birthday the day before. Photograph:  Darla Khazei, PacificCoastNews.com

Yesterday, after I wrote the story about Jessica Simpson’s engagement, I had a chuckle when someone commented that NOW we would be able to forget about Jessica, and that we should be able to stop doing stories about her. It still makes me laugh, honestly. Because that budget, fugly ring is only the beginning. From here on out, there is going to be a ton of new interviews with Jessica and Eric, there will probably be some sort of reality show being pitched, or at the very least, a “special” two-hour “Making of… Jessica’s Wedding!” docu-drama on one of the major networks. We’re going to have Jessica stories coming out the wazoo (Jessica’s wazoo farts smell like cheddar and tragedy).

Already today we’ve heard about Joe Simpson’s sad congratulations to his daughter, and the rumor that he is going to force Jess into getting a pre-nup from Eric. Beyond all of the wedding stuff, though, we still have this story: Jessica announced her engagement nine days after her ex-husband. Us Weekly already has a poll up about who has the better ring, Jessica or Vanessa (hint: Vanessa). And that will only be the beginning of the “Race to the Altar” between the two exes. So it is an obvious question: was Jessica trying, in her f-cking stupid, dipsh-t way, to one-up and c-ckblock her ex‘s thunder? Why get engaged so soon after Nick? Well, People has a little story about why now:

It is the ultimate race to the altar! Nearly five years after Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey split – a mutual decision after three years of marriage – both stars are officially ready for round two.

Just a week after Lachey, 37, popped the question to longtime girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo, 30, whom he began dating in 2006, Simpson’s beau, NFL player Eric Johnson, seemingly took a hint.

Johnson, 31, proposed to Simpson, 30, and now she has the ring to prove it.

Timing aside, however, a source tells PEOPLE that Johnson “had been planning the engagement for awhile and the date of the engagement was a special date for them.”

[From People]

Meanwhile, Todd at IDLYITW had a tip from a source close to the situation, who said: “A coworker of mine is related to Eric Whathisface, current Jessica Simpson squeeze. He’s from the Philadelphia area, so am I, so is my coworker, blah blah blah She told us yesterday that Jessica and he got engaged. The engagement was on 11/11 at 11:11 in the morning. I sh-t you not.” I want to believe that’s true, just because it’s so f-cking asinine. THAT is the “special date” that a source close to Eric was speaking of? Just a bunch of ones lined up in a row. Is that how far both of them can count? And if it was on the 11th, that would make it last Thursday – exactly one week after Nick announced his engagement.

UPDATE: Us Weekly just put up another story! I told this sh-t isn’t going away anytime soon. Nick Lachey has spoken, and he’s still keeping it classy: “I will say the same thing I always say: I wish her the very best.” He also says that he and Vanessa Minnillo are “still basking in the glow… [we] are enjoying that. I’m sure we’ll get on the other planning shortly. We are now just enjoying this experience.” It sounds like Nick is smart enough to know that he doesn’t have to cut Jessica down, and that he knows Jessica already looks crazy pathetic.

MIAMI - FEBRUARY 06: Vanessa Minnillo (L) and singer Nick Lachey attend the 2010 Maxim Party at The Raleigh on February 6, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Maxim)

Photo by: Jackson Lee/starmaxinc.com  2010   Telephone/Fax:  9/15/10 Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson celebrate Eric's Birthday at Lavo. (NYC) Photo via Newscom

Sept. 15, 2010 - New York, New York, U.S. - Singer JESSICA SIMPSON at an appearance at Macy's Herald Square promoting the 'Macy's Find Your Magic' campaign. © Red Carpet Pictures

Jessica Simpson leaves her hotel hand in hand with her new beau Eric Johnson in New York City, New York on September 15, 2010. Fame Pictures, Inc

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  1. mln says:

    I am sure Nick and Vanessa are laughing their asses off at how pathetic Jess is.

  2. MarenGermany says:

    11.11 11:11 is the traditional time carnival starts over here every year….

    Im pretty sure Jess is just embarrassed about everyone calling her pathetic so someone in her camp wants to make it look like this has been planned for a longer while.


  3. hairball says:

    I feel for these vacant lives that do things based on how they think others will perceive them.

    Maybe this really is THE one, but I doubt it. All the excitement now and distraction from her empty life – but in 5,10,20 years, is this really who she was meant to be with? Doubt it.

  4. bellaluna says:

    I’m sorry, but is that 30 YEAR OLD WOMAN wearing BODY GLITTER?

  5. mel says:

    Jessica is so desperate to get married. I’m sure she will beat Vanessa to conceiving as well. Stay tuned.

  6. brin says:

    I like Nick and I think he & Vanessa make a cute couple. Jessica strikes me as being in love with love, I’m not sure about her & whatsis.

  7. Psyren says:

    I don’t usually comment on peoples’ weight but that’s some serious back fat in that first pic.

  8. Hollowdoll says:

    It’s like watching a car accident happen. I want to look away but I just can’t.

  9. chasingadalia says:

    The top pic made me laugh so hard… and I have laryngitis, so it hurt a little…

  10. Dani says:

    They just “1 upped” themselves back into the spotlight.

  11. melinda says:

    Ahhhhhh, that top pic is just mean.

  12. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    I was so proud of Jess and her congratulations to Nick. I wanted Jess to continue her life, date her nobody bf, and make all that yummy shoe and clip in hair extension money. Jess just couldn’t do it. Jess had to get engaged to the boy right after Nick purposed to his nobody gf. I mean alot of people called it. I have to much faith it seems. I am done with this shitz. There is going to be non stop interviews and sightings and parties and rumors of whose preggers and dress shopping, who is gonna reach the alter first, who thinks this about who…and I am not gonna do that. Fcuk that. FCUK IT. Jessica’s B-list drama is DONE. I refuse to participate in this. I am not a cuckold for this ridiculousness.

  13. Jenna says:

    what are they gonna do at 11:11 on 11/11/11!?!?!?

  14. Delta Juliet says:

    Once again, Nick sounds like an adult and Jessica still comes off as a child.

    Seriously, how could they have been planning this “for awhile?” They haven’t even been dating for “awhile?”

  15. l says:

    I am SO embarrassed for her, I really am. She has NO IDEA how pathetic she really appears to us all (and not just about this engagement. It’s the clothes, the hair, the men, the dad, just EVERYTHING!)

    P.S. How is it that I’m just now noticing her and Eric’s matching chin dimple thingies? ugh. just ugh.

  16. dread pirate cuervo says:

    Maybe this Eric cat is crafty & trying to get Jess to the altar with no pre-nup. He knew she’d be vulnerable b/c of Nick’s engagement. Why do 11:11 on 11/11/10? Why not wait til next year? Or why didn’t he pick 10:10 on 10/10/10? B/c WTF could happen in a month that made him think, I want to smell her farts forever?

  17. bluhare says:

    Jeez, now she’s trying to steal Armistice from World War I!!!!

  18. Riley says:

    I don’t think they will actually make it down the aisle (Jessica and Eric). I bet come March there will be stories in Life & Style and OK with headlines like: “Kendra Talks Jess Out of Marrying A Football Player” or “Kim K to Jess: Honey, don’t get involved with another Balla”— The stories will then tell about how her “friends” have warned her that life full-time with a football player is just too difficult and unpredictable and how she should learn from her relationship with Tony Romo and not to get involved with anymore football players.

  19. Mairead says:

    EXACTLY bluhare!!

    Getting engaged on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month – stay klassy, y’hear? :mad:

  20. Rita says:

    I don’t want to burst Jess’s bubble but in the game of craps (dice roll) the gamblers yell 7 come 11 because only on the first roll of the dice does the player win if a 7 or 11 comes up. At any other time (Like the second) an 11 is a loser, thus the name craps.

  21. DetRiotgirl says:

    You know what would be brilliant? A reality show about each couples race to the altar.

    They could give each couple a cute nickname. For example, Nick and Vanessa could be team Vick’s Vapor Rub (even more brilliant! Think of the corporate sponsorship!) and Jessica and Eric could be team Jaric… No, team Jareds! (I mean, she got her ring from Jared’s at the mall, right? Hello, preexisting corporate possibilities! Maybe they could even lift the rest of Eric’s payment plan in exchange!)

    Then they could have them do weekly challenges to find the best cake, the best florist and all of that other stuff. The winner gets the cover of people! The loser has to marry without a prenup. Paging Joe Simpson! I want at least 20% of all front and back end profits from this thing.

    Dang, it’s too bad Nick is too classy for this… Or is he? Hmmmm… Someone call his agent!

  22. Riley says:

    Isn’t a little ironic that Jess is engaged to an Ivy League grad?

  23. Celebitchy says:

    Ok now this is so lame to admit but whenever I notice that it’s 11:11 I make a wish. I don’t do it every day or anything, but my mom taught it to me when I was little and if I notice and remember I do it. Does anyone else do this? I’ve never timed my engagement/wedding/child conception or anything like that for superstitious reasons and I don’t believe in things like that, but some people do. Like Jay-Z and Beyonce with their 4/4/08 wedding. That said, I think the 11:11 11/11 stuff is just a convenient excuse for them to get engaged when Jessica feels vulnerable (when doesn’t she?) after her ex announced his engagement.

  24. Carrie says:

    Oh Jess- why do you make it so easy to mock you? Why do you DO stupid sh*t like this? WHY???

    You can spin it however you want, but everyone knows what this timing means- anyone with half a brain would have waited a few months to announce the engagement/wear the ring!

  25. DetRiotgirl says:

    Hey CB!

    It’s ok. I do it too!

  26. katyalia says:

    She might have done Nick & Vanessa the biggest favor after all. Suddenly their engagement brings in much more interest & publicity.

  27. heb says:

    I can’t believe that ring, what a hot mess

  28. Allison says:

    they should get married exactly a year from the date:

    on 11/11/11 at 11:11 :P

  29. Salina says:

    Jessica looks like your average second year college student party girl who gained the freshman 30 by drinking too much. She just looks bloated. Ps how many of u were invited to weddings on 10/10/10? I thought it was so cheesy. I think this Eric is a tool unless proven otherwise

  30. guesty says:

    that top pic is too funny.

    it’s the 11:11 wish. i do it @ any time of the day when i notice the time is the exact same number…like 4:44 etc.

    *laughs, blushes, exits thread*

  31. 4Real says:

    I’m really just embarrassed for her now…I’ll go buy a pity pair of shoes from her to feel better. She’s like the poster child for pathetic now. She just took the medal from Jennifer Love-Hewitt.

  32. bored says:

    The PR offensive has began. From People:

    EXCLUSIVE: The Story Behind Jessica Simpson’s ‘Romantic’ Ruby Ring!

    When it came to picking out the perfect engagement ring for Jessica Simpson, beau Eric Johnson knew it had to be truly special. “Eric wanted the most romantic, beautiful, special ring for Jessica,” celebrity jeweler Neil Lane tells PEOPLE exclusively. The result? A three-stone Lane sparkler with a large central ruby — over 5 carats! — flanked by two pear-shaped diamonds, also more than 5 carats. While the ruby just so happens to be Simpson’s birthstone, the gem “represents love,” says Lane. “The ruby is a stone of love and it is the most romantic gem and it’s very rare and very, very special.” Sources tell us Simpson was “totally surprised” by the proposal and thrilled by the ring. Nice work, Eric! ––Elizabeth Leonard

  33. Anaya says:

    11/11 was Veteran’s Day. So I don’t get how this day is to be special for THEM? Other than getting engaged it’s not that significant. Now if they’d gotten engaged at 11:11 am/pm in the year 2011 on 11/11 then it would kinda make more sense. Luck wise, I think. I’m confused. Sorry.

  34. meg says:

    @ DetRiotgirl: that comment about getting the ring at Jareds almost made my drink come out my nose- too perfect!

  35. hmm says:

    They haven’t been together long enough to have a special day.

    She’s pathetic no matter how much she’s worth. I feel sorry for her.

  36. GG says:

    Let’s leave her alone. Geez people!! She may seem dumb but this woman is a multi millionaire and beautiful to boot. Cut her a break. Much happiness to you, Jess!

  37. Anaya says:

    Oh now I get the ring thing! When I first saw it I thought uhh… okay. It didn’t look like an engagement ring. At least not the traditonal kind we’re all used to. It really looks like a birthstone ring. I had one of those but mine had a green stone.

    Anyway, it makes sense for Eric to have gotten Jessica a ruby ring because Jessica’s birthday is in July and a ruby is the birthstone for that month. I think I like the ring now. But I still do not get the 11/11 thing. LOL.

  38. mln says:

    Alot of people think 11:11 is good luck and make a wish whenever the clock is 11:11 . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11:11_(numerology)
    I sometimes do this CB but I am a bit superstitious.

  39. Statler says:

    @dread pirate cuervo- That makes perfect sense, I’ll bet you’re right.

    As far as clock superstitions go, I don’t make a wish at 11:11, but I do when the time corresponds to my birthday.

  40. l says:

    I came to say “Thanks Jessica!”

    Not since Tiger Woods and the whole “Ambien” thread has CB commenters been this funny!

    You guys are on FIRE!!!! :)

  41. Christine says:

    I pity Jessica Simpson. however, of the 4 of them: Nick, Vanessa, the new fiance and JS, JS is by FAR the wealthiest, most financially savvy. Sure, her acting and singing careers may be gone, but the woman can turn a profit: perfume, shoes, bags, blah blah blah.

  42. Persistent Cat says:

    Maybe they are both WWI buffs and this was their way of honouring veterans.


    @GG, is that how you judge the worth of people? I’d rather an intelligent person over a beautiful multi-millionaire.

  43. Corina says:

    My bday is 11-11 and I don’t appreciate Jessica stealing my thunder! Also on 11-11-11 I will turn 29 and 2+9=11 so according to some numerologists that year will be ZOMG amazing for me. I don’t take that stuff seriously but hey I’m all for it!

    Also DetRiotgirl that was a glorious comment that I thoroughly enjoyed :)

  44. Az says:

    This reminds me of the time that my brother got engaged to his wife (they had been dating for about 3 years) and about two seconds later, his ex-wife gets engaged to this guy she had been seeing for, like, five minutes and then shows up at my grandfather’s funeral fiance in tow to show off her ring. Long story short, my brother and his wife have been happily married for about 6-7 years and the ex broke off the engagement after about a year (and a nine month move to New Zealand,taking my niece with her) and is still single.

  45. Djen says:

    I’m thinking the ring actually speaks in favor of this being a real engagement, from the heart.

    If they were trying to upstage Nick and Vanessa, it seems like she’d for sure have the “right” ring. It would be big and splashy, and hard to miss. And money would have been no object.

    But, it’s non-traditional, and obviously not designed to please the public, since everyone seems to hate it. Maybe it really was picked out to make Jessica happy?

    I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I do know that I’m not looking at that ring and seeing something that’s meant to impress the multitudes. That looks like a “true love” kind of gift, and I think it’s sweet. :-)

  46. cici says:

    all this bashing is rather pathetic.

    it’s jessica’s life. and she should be happy. she shouldn’t have to make decisions based on when YOU ALL think it’s the right time.

    LMAO. sigh

  47. girlygirl says:

    Stylelist.com is reporting it is a $100k vintage ring circa 1900. This makes for a twist in the story.

  48. t says:

    I agree with dread pirate cuervo. I hope Eric Johnson knows he is in complete control.

    She is so desperate to beat Nick to the altar and so hungry for tabloid attention for something other than her foul hygiene, Eric could easily base his “I Do” on no prenup.

    Maybe they will never marry. Maybe Joe paid Eric for the “fiance experience (bring your own engagement ring)” for Jessica to soothe her apoplectic rage over Nick’s engagement.

    Whatever the case, I’m rooting for this Eric to turn out to be a con artist who takes Jessica and her whole creepy family to the cleaners.

  49. Bitter Fruit says:

    Does that mean their marriage will last 1 day? 11 days?

  50. Carol says:

    bored, those quotes from Neil Lane strike me as someone desperate to unload an overpriced ugly ring by spinning a story to the yokels who wandered into his store. “No, ruby means love. This ring is super romantic. I bet he told Eric the ring would match her coloring and bring her good luck, etc. etc.”

  51. winnie says:

    I have also believed that 11:11 is good luck…I would always seem to notice whenever it was 11:11. I google it once and there are a lot of websites about it. Just a fun little thing, I guess.

  52. Lylo says:

    What CONVENIENT timing. “Oh, you’re getting married? Well, me too! Imagine that!” Can you call this a revenge marriage? I hope not because that doesn’t bode well for her.

  53. lettylynton says:

    This whole thing seems very Elizabeth Taylor-trying-to-get-over-Richard-Burton: the weight gain, the caftans, the sudden engagement when he anounces his. I do like Jessica’s ring, though.

  54. Hollz says:

    I gotta disagree with the budget ring comment Kasier! Rubys are INSANELY expensive (a first rate ruby that supposed size goes for about 330,000, 10 tiems what a 5 carat diamond would go for)

    Maybe she didn’t want a traditional ring, since it’s not her first wedding. (Me, I want a non traditional ring period!)

  55. mrsezc says:

    I was totally counting down the seconds till this was announced .. I knew she’d pull this off!! What a loser she is!! So sick of her .. Nick is way better off without her pathetic ass!!! Congrats to Vanessa & Nick!!!

  56. CB Rawks says:

    Those earrings are hideous. To paraphrase Michael.K, I’ll eat the 5 dollars it will take for her to get a different set at Claire’s.

  57. minnie says:

    you guys are SO ridiculously mean.

    especially you, @ t: how bitter you sound! and how miserable your life must be for you to be wishing financial ruin AND heart break on someone you don’t even know!

    i’m really surprised at all the jessica hate on this blog. i’ve been a reader of cb for a while now, and i usually find the posts and comment sections to be witty, articulate, intelligent, and spot-on in regards to calling celebs out for bad behavior. but the hate for jess seems completely unwarranted. she isn’t a “homewrecker” or a “crackhead” or an abuser or a user or a even a “mean girl”.

    even if, at the height of her career, jess never reached “britney status”, she is still a talented singer with a beautiful voice, and she has always given off a positive, upbeat vibe. additionally, she has been very generous with her time and money at operation smile. so what if she has insecurities, or a track record as a serial monogamist? isn’t she harmless (and ditzy), at worst? if anything, i pity her because i think her heart is probably in the right place, and she just gets trashed by the media no matter what she does.

    anyhow, i find it really interesting that there was a post on cb about how jess was expecting a ring way BEFORE nick announced his engagement to v. so why is it so hard to believe it was already in the works?? maybe nick heard all of the talk of jess getting serious and decided to pop the question first? silly, i know, but equally silly as saying that this is what jess did, considering that there was talk of an impending engagement long before nick and v made their announcement.

    similarly, jess gets ripped for having an “ugly”, “budget” ring. you know that if she had come out with an enormous, knuckle-busting diamond she would have been ripped for “buying her own ring” or “trying to one-up vanessa’s ring”. the poor girl really can’t win!

  58. My2Cents says:

    WTF is with that first pic. To who ever pics your photos. Grow up!!! I just wrote on another post about the crap photos this site uses.

    Reading these comments makes me sad.
    What a pack of Celebities!!!!
    This site is becoming rediculously mean and its not just the commentors.

    What a nasty, mean lot you are. Im totally blown away.

  59. bellaluna says:

    @ Celebitchy – Loved your comment about “wishing hour” and attempting to “time” conceptions, births, etc… My cousin and I raise our feet when we go over train tracks in a vehicle; I scratch (twice) the interior roof of the car when the green light I’m driving through turns yellow. Do other people do this or am I just weirder than I thought?

    It struck me as funny too, because I have never tried to “time” my babies conceptions or births, but this is what I got:

    1. An anniversary conception, with a Labor Day weekend birth;
    2. A birthday conception with a Valentine’s birth; and
    3. A Labour Day conception, with a Memorial Day birth.

    How weird is that?

  60. B says:

    @Celebitchy: Growing up, my Dad always said seven and 11 were lucky numbers (ie Vegas/Craps), and when the clock struck 11:11, he would call it “yo:yo,” (eleven:eleven) and yell, “yooo, sevvven, come elevvven!”

    Hmmm…maybe I grew up in a weird household…regardless, every time I see 11:11, I say “yo:yo, good luck!”

  61. Westcoaster says:

    She looks very angry in the first photo

  62. Bec says:

    Big big mistake JS! She’s known this Eric guy like..what, few months and she’s already rushing to get married? To show Nick that she’s not pathetic? Please…hasn’t she learnt from her first failed marriage and from all the other so called rock solid Hollywood marriages that had crumbled? Marriage is such a sham over there. Why even bother!