Jessica Simpson is bankrolling her new man, is he using her for money?


Earlier this month, we saw paparazzi photos of Jessica Simpson making out in Capri, Italy with her still married but legally separated new boyfriend, former 49ers tight end Eric Johnson. It was suspicious considering that the two had been dating just over a month, were more than happy to pose for photographers and more than likely tipped them off, considering their location.

This month’s Star Magazine outlines Johnson’s probable motivations for hooking up with Jessica “I fart in bed and never brush my teeth” Simpson. There’s the fame aspect and the urge to find an eager woman to control aspect, as evidenced by the fact that Johnson (allegedly) put Simpson on that cleansing diet she was tweeting about. Now money is coming into the picture too. In that Johnson, a free agent and unemployed former NFL star, needs some and is staying with Jessica rent free, letting Simpson pay for everything and buy him clothes. Could Jessica Simpson be so dumb? I guess we already know the answer to that.

Here’s part of Star’s report, which is full of so many details that it sounds pretty legit. (It’s always hard to tell with Star, although they’ve been hitting the mark much more lately):

One insider tells Star. “She’s been paying for everything in their relationship, and it doesn’t seem like Eric intends to stop that anytime soon.”

In just two short months together, Jessica has already done countless favors for Eric and splashed out tons of cash on him. And that suits him just fine. The still-married former NFL tight end hasn’t held down a steady gig since he was dropped by the New Orleans Saints in 2008 – the 30-year-old has even admitted that he isn’t cut out for a tough job. “I saw how many hours my mom worked and didn’t want to get caught in that cycle,” he has said about his mother, Mary Jo, a Boston-based attorney.

Now Eric’s even weasled his way into crashing rent-free at Jessica’s Beverly Hills mansion! According to a divorce court filing, he once owned a home with his wife, Keri, in Richmond City, CA, that had to be sold, leaving Eric without a permanent place to live. “He isn’t making money, and he’ll lose half of what he does have when his divorce is final,” dishes the insider. “He’s pinching pennies wherever he can.”

But he doesn’t mind if Jessica spends big bucks! To celebrate her birthday, Eric joined Jessica on a luxury trip to Italy, where she treated him to the good life, including staying at a $3,000-a-night suit at the Hotel Hassler in Rome, lounging on the Mediterranean aboard her $5,000-a-day chartered yacht. Nafisa, and eating and drinking at only the finest restaurants…

Once back in L.A., Eric’s money train just kept chugging along. On July 15, Jessica made a pricey pit stop in the men’s department of Bloomingdale’s, where she stocked up on Khakis and other clothing for Eric. She then hit Foot Locker and snapped up men’s sneakers.

[From Star Magazine, print edition, August 2, 2010]

Is it sexist to report it this way? Like if this was George Clooney outfitting his latest cocktail waitress/aspiring actress and paying for everything no one would say that he was an idiot getting used, because it’s traditional for men to pay and Clooney uses women in his way too. I don’t fully believe this, but I’ll play devil’s advocate here and say that Jessica is using this guy Eric just as much as he’s using her for money. She arranged those makeout pictures to give the tabloids the impression that she has a loving boyfriend on her 30th birthday. That’s using the guy even if he was a willing participant. If he’s game I think she’ll marry him and try to attain another superficially “happy” marriage if possible, but that doesn’t mean she’s still not using him. Is she into him as a person or is she just looking for some kind of stability and a family life? It’s like men are a means to an end for her and she’ll do whatever it takes.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV - JULY 02: Actress Jessica Simpson attends the grand opening of the Casino Club at The Greenbrier on July 2, 2010 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)



Photos are from July 11 & 14, 2010. Credit: Bauergriffinonline.

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  1. bellaluna says:

    I think Jess is one of those “in love with being in love” girls. You know, the ones who romanticise it until it’s so glorious no actual relationship will survive.

    Actual relationships take work and commitment by both people involved – if one or the other is unwilling because “it’s hard!” it won’t last.

  2. Canucklehead says:

    She’s starting to look like a catcher’s mitt

  3. jules says:

    Uh, to have that much money and have such awful clothes!

  4. bite me says:

    fools and their money are easily parted

  5. hanh says:

    Both of them are in it for the media. They both need a boost of fame for their careers so I expect to see alot more of them in the media. As much as they can get.

    Geez – why can’t people wait until they are divorced before seeing other people publicly? No self control people?

  6. voodoobetty says:

    Well she isn’t going to keep him interested with her sharp wit and dazzling intelligence is she?

  7. Iggles says:

    I don’t think it’s sexist.

    If Jessica wants to be the alpha female and the one taking care of her man than more power to her. However, women in this situation (dating a man who’s “down on his luck”) often think it’s temporary. Once he’s back on his feet he’ll step up to be the protector/provider/traditional husband role. What they find in time is that he’ll never change. Unless he’s striving to make something of himself on his own terms, no matter what you do you cannot make him more independent. I learned this lesson pretty well :(

    As long as Jessica’s ok with providing for him they will work. But if she expects him to stand on his own at some point, this is where the strife/arguments will come in and they will eventually break up.

    For men who are the ones providing for their wives it’s different. Most men take joy and pride in that role of protector/provider/husband. They have different expectations of their female partner — they don’t expect her to “step up” one day and switch roles. Regardless of whether she works, she is valued as a wife and mother first and foremost.

  8. ams511 says:

    jules-i am with you. i could put that $$$ to much better use!

  9. Huh? says:

    I thought according to Us Weekly he’s enrolled in some masters program at some prestigious business school no? Its not like he’s Kevin Federline.

    But if he is using her then boo on him.

  10. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    God that outfit is awful! Actually, they all are, but the short one with those fugly shoes. *shudders*

  11. Huh? says:

    Also, I just feel like tabs and gossipers like to rag on everything where Jessica is concerned. She’s single, then she’s hopeless and can’t find a man, if she’s in a relationship, the guy is using her, can’t possibly love her for her, she’s needy, desperate, etc…its kind of tiring, I think.

  12. guesty says:


  13. a says:

    supporting a former football player?

    some man!

  14. Solveig says:

    This woman surely doesn’t know how to dress, choose a dress and wear a dress.

  15. Kelley says:

    I’m with you Solveig … short, dumpy and baggy dresses with fugly shoes. I also don’t get why in hell she is so rich with zero talent, can’t sing, can’t act … WTF ?? Not to mention dumber than toast, lol.

  16. Angelina says:

    She is starting to look like a cross between Miss Piggy and a bloated trout. She is not aging well at all. It’s like her face fell or something. Does anyone else here agree???

  17. artista says:

    Was the “insider” Ken Paves??? He seems like the jealous type.

  18. GatsbyGal says:

    When will she learn how to dress herself in figure-appropriate clothing? She’s 30, she should have this down by now.

  19. Miss Thang says:

    She has gone from gorgeous to “who cares” and is quickly moving toward downright slob. You can see her ill-fitting bra right through that hideous green sack.

  20. Bonfire Beach says:

    There’s no one to blame but her dippy, intrusive, pervy father for her man issues.

  21. LolaBella says:

    Hey, if a dumb, untalented, desperate for media attention ‘celebrity’ offered to pay my way as a reward for being in a pseudo relationship, I would do it too – even if I was TECHNICALLY still married!

    I am still convinced that the reason she dresses so horribly is because she knows that this is the only way she gets any attention these days.

    Jessica Simpleton indeed.

  22. clare says:

    They look super happy in the top photo.
    Maybe soon she’ll be married, barefoot, and preggers.

  23. Snarf says:

    He’s in it for the tits.

  24. rundee says:

    @ iggles:
    Are you over 75? Because that´s the only excuse for that extremly oldfashioned and ridiculous comment.
    Take me for example:
    I take care of my man financially and am proud of being able to. He takes care of me in so many ways that money just ain´t an issue. And even if he´d always earn less than me: Who cares?

    I´m not 9 years old, I´m an independent, strong and very confident woman.

  25. Jessica says:

    He’s using her like all of the other ones do. either Sex or Money. The ONLY man who did not use her was Nick, he really cared about her and he really loved her.

    to answer post #1 in a early magazine article when Jessica first cam out she mentioned that “I’m in Love with Love”. So I guess she really is in love with love.

    This relationship will NOT be headed down the aisle.

  26. lauren says:

    I always knew that she’d try to buy her next husband. Remember that boat that she bought Tony Romo? LOL. It never works, Jess. They quickly discover how dumb you are, how creepy and perverted your dad is, and how ridiculous and fake your whole life is. And then they bail.

  27. Persistent Cat says:

    Celebitchy, regarding you wondering if you were being sexist, I don’t think so. There was a post a short while back about George’s gf shopping and there were a lot of comments about her using his credit card, etc. Also, look at the vicious hate towards Oksana Grigorieva and the accusations of her being a “gold digger.”

    So he can’t handle a job with long hours. Wow, he sounds like a catch.

  28. super8 says:

    A dumb, dirty fat chick plus a fugly dress never equals success. This man is obviously using her.

    Jess has now permanently lost her looks and sadly, the stupid and the unhygenic parts just linger on.

  29. Jeri says:

    I don’t think it bothers her a bit to buy her man. Anything for a means to an end. I’m sure Joe agrees, more control that way.

    Also. I don’t think George personally shops for his waitresses, he probably sends an assistant or just hands out a charge card.

  30. oduroyal says:

    Deuce Bigalow male gigolo?

  31. Hautie says:

    I laugh at the thought that Jessica is allowed to spend any money, that her Father has not approved of its use.

    The green dress was a swimsuit cover up, and that is a ill fitting swimsuit top showing through.

    Now, I am wondering about if she is on anti-depressants, birth control… or something else. Which is causing the weight gain.

    It looks to be all in her face and neck area only. The rest of her body is small, but that neck and face has blown up.

    But it is time she left California and come spend the rest of the Summer laying out at the pool, in Texas. And get her self together.

    Let the new boyfriend play golf during the day and get to know each other at night….

  32. bagladey says:

    Jessica is 30 years old now and for that big birthday, instead of paying for company, she should have got herself a breast reduction, a makeover (head to toe) and a stylist. Jessica’s look is stale and it ages her whole image and that’s not a good thing romantically or careerwise.

  33. DrM says:

    Iggles commented:

    Most men take joy and pride in that role of protector/provider/husband. They have different expectations of their female partner — they don’t expect her to “step up” one day and switch roles. Regardless of whether she works, she is valued as a wife and mother first and foremost.

    DrM says: Really? Last time I looked that viewpoint was called ‘sexism’. I don’t know ANYONE, man or woman, who has this particular ideological mind set within their marriage. Oh wait, I lie, my husband’s co-worker and no one can stand him, he treats his wife like a child…and goes on about being the man of the house. PULEEZE!

    In my life I’m my husband’s equal. I work full time as an academic, I have PhD in sociology and we have seven children (my four his three). I ‘step up’ every damn day of my life. Its not my husband’s job to carry the load for all of us. This is a partnership, not a patriarchy. Do I want to be ‘recognised’ as a wife and mother ‘first and foremost’?? No I do not. I want to be recognised as MYSELF first and foremost, seperate from my husband, seperate from my children, an autonomous, self-actualised human being.

    PS: If Ms Simpson wants to spend her money on this guy (if that is in fact what she is doing) then so be it.

  34. What, he isn’t solely interested in her personality? No, I’m shocked. :)

  35. Crash2GO2 says:

    OK, I’m going to go out on a limb here, and say that that green thing is a bathing suit cover, NOT a proper dress, and the ‘ill fitting bra’ is actually a bathing suit top. He looks like he is in trunks with a shirt on – like they threw something over their suits to come buy some food in town while on their Italian vacation.

  36. Morgs says:

    Stop borrowing mumus from Kirstie Ally Jess!!! And ditch those shoes. They make you look shorter and fatter than you really are.

  37. just saying says:

    anyone want to start listing the men in Hollywood where the female is the main earner of the relationship. Id just for once like the media to back off & let her see where it goes. She didn’t wreck any home & ERIC is supposed to attend Warton school in AUG.. I say everyone back off here for abit.. Jessica is entitled to some happiness & a partner in life.

  38. t says:

    This is not going to be a free ride. This guy is going to earn every penny since he signed on to be part of the Simpson orchestrated media freak show.

    The contract Joe wrote up for him stipulates exactly when and where to show up for the paparazzi, how much and what kind of PDA (simple hand holding, kissing while being straddled, dry humping, etc). And what to say for the People interview, if Joe can manage it, (“thin girls bad… not-thin girls good”).

    The contract also states that Joe will portray him as a free loader in the tabloids in an attempt to drum up some interest and sympathy for Jessica. He has to do something…the stories about her dirty teeth weren’t doing it.

  39. Gameboy 7 says:

    He graduated from an Ivy league College and she is a high school dropout. They probably don’t have much in common except she is desperate for a boyfriend and he needs a free place to live since he has been unemployed sine 2008.

  40. mojoman says:

    somebody tell her she has lost her neck with all this media frenzy!

  41. ThatBKChick says:

    **SHUGS** Why is this even news? It’s typical of her operdani modi!

  42. fwozbo says:


    I might be the only one on this page that agrees with you. These other people didn’t understand your point, that if you marry a guy who is down and out to start with he may never change. The other people on this site obviously did NOT marry a man who was down and out to start with and do have successful marriages. I think they didn’t get your point.

  43. coucou says:

    Iggles: “Alpha Female” and “Jessica Simpson” are two completely incompatible concepts dear.