Jessica Simpson’s friends think her boyfriend is “using her” for money & fame

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

For the past I don’t even know how many months (three?), we’ve been hearing about Jessica Simpson’s new boyfriend, Eric Johnson, and what a loser he is. He’s a reitred NFL player who was supposed to go to Wharton Business School but ended up dropping out so he could spend more time with Jessica and her boobs and her money. We’ve heard many, many stories about how Jessica is paying for everything in the relationship (including her own jewelry, which Eric then “gives” her), and how Jessica – in her own words – feels “lucky” to be with a jobless business school dropout. Lately, however, her friends have really started going to the press (as unnamed sources) to bitch about Eric. This happened last week with Us Weekly’s hilarious bitchfest about Jessica and her gay BFF Ken Paves breaking up – Camp Paves leaked lots of funny quotes. Now Us Weekly has another hit piece:

Is Jessica Simpson’s flame dating her for fame? Eric Johnson, 31, “was never that successful in the NFL, but he’s always wanted the celebrity lifestyle,” a source tells Hot Stuff. “I believe that Jessica is his way to get famous. He’s using her.”

And it’s working out well for him, adds the insider: “She pays for most things. He doesn’t have the kind of money for first-class plane tickets or private jets.”

Some of her pals suspect the athlete – who is divorcing his wife of five years, stylist Keri Johnson – is in it for the perks.

“Eric doesn’t have a job, he just follows her around,” adds a second insider. “Her friends do not trust him.”

Still, a Simpson source counters that Johnson “has his own money from real estate properties,” and his lawyer, Richard Stilz, tells Us Weekly, “This has nothing to do with greed or fame. He cares a lot for Jessica and doesn’t care a hoot about her money.”

[From Us Weekly, print edition]

Granted, I’ve never heard Eric speak, but he strikes me as kind of a dumb guy. Do I think that about every guy who dates Jessica? Sure. I just don’t see how you could possibly have continued conversations with her. But if you’re her boyfriend and you get to have sex with her, it’s probably more interesting. So – is Eric a dumb guy who just fell in love with equally dumb Jessica, or is Eric some kind of brilliant slacker who is simply happy to be supported by the woman who adores him? Eh.

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

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

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

Singer turned designer Jessica Simpson mad her way out with her former NFL player boyfriend Eric Johnson enjoyed an evening out in New York City, New york on September 8, 2010. Jessica will be very busy this up coming week with the launch of her jeanswear line and her spring 2011 collection during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week events. Fame Pictures, Inc

45542, NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Wednesday September 29, 2010. Jessica Simpson, wearing a blue blazer and large sunglasses, is seen checking out of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New York City. The Price of Beauty host signed autographs for fans as she exited her hotel. Photograph:

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  1. Xx says:

    In response to headline: Ya think? ;)LOL!

  2. la_chica says:

    I would like to point out that tons of celeb guys support lifestyles for their jobless, uneducated girlfriends, and no one blinks an eye.

    But a woman does it and we should pity her?

  3. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    Dumb and Dumber IMO… just with cash flow. Who wouldnt like their BF or GF to have enough money to ride in style. Im not ashamed to say I would enjoy the perks. And anyway, when a dude who is famous dates a non famous girl, who do you think pays for everything. Its ok if that is what SHE wants to do. Otherwise, it sounds like a ride in a Yugo with a happy meal vs her limo and a nice french resturant. Which do you think she prefers?

  4. tiki says:

    these are some of the most hilarious photos. ever. they look like they can’t figure out to walk and hold hands at the same time. and the bottom picture looks like jess is trying to remember what comes next after the ‘j.’ good stuff.

  5. Nanea says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s not only her friends who think EJ is using Jess, but also the majority of the general public.

  6. Kate says:

    He went to Yale and was accepted at Wharton. I’m going to say he isn’t a “dumb” guy and is using her and her boobs. Because, really, what does anyone with an IQ in the triple digits talk to her about?

  7. Jeri says:

    Slacker/User! But at this point what can Jessica get?! She needs to get out of the celebrity/jock/band-guy gene pool & try an unknown with no user aspirations.

  8. QQ says:

    My question is: WTF is she wearing in some of these pictures!?!? Christ!

  9. Leticia says:

    Sadly, he is the best that she can do. He is tall, attractive enough, and willing to be photographed in public with her.

    Men care about what other men think. And after the explicit things that men have publicly said about Simpson and Kim KArdasian, neither of these two girls will ever land a “normal” guy.

  10. Jover says:

    Well he’s certainly not infatuated with her magnificent and scintillating intellect. Btw, in what occupation is Jessica actually employed – providing the paparazzi with weak photos of fading d-listers.

  11. NayNay says:

    Duh! Her friends are telling her what everybody else in the world already knows. And the more pathetic part about this is that she doesn’t seem to give a shit. She is so desperate that she is even willing to buy herself an engagement ring. What’s up with that? Once the well is dry, he will be out the door. When will Jessica learn?

  12. Sugarplum says:

    Of course he’s using her. But what I don’t like about all of these stories is that isn’t Elisabetta Canalis doing the same thing with George Clooney? I mean, he pays for everything, she doesn’t work, and just follows him around. How come no one talks about that? Granted, George a smarter and hotter in every way than Simpson, but I imagine most famous folk pay for everything when dating a “civilian” type. No?

  13. Hilary says:

    I for one think Jessica comes across as a sweet girl and am not of the camp that believes no guy could ever really love her. How does anyone (including HER friends ie Ken Paves) know what he wants in life? And why do we believe the nasty comments but not the denials?

  14. Hilary says:

    Also, I’ve been hearing more than once about him having money from real estate, so I guess that makes that true if repeating something over and over makes it the truth. So he’s not some poor desolute soul. And he’s a Yale grad which means the dumb comments are just to disparage Jessica in yet another way.

  15. Lucky Charm says:

    Of course he is. If she wasn’t so desperate to have a man, and would just develop some self-esteem, she would realize it too and dump the d-bag.

  16. Lindy says:

    @Sugarplum– But everyone *is* talking about how Canalis is just a dumb, gold-digging cokewh$re. I don’t think, these days, that men necessarily always get a free pass when they hook up with freeloading chicks who are dating them for money and fame. Maybe it’s just interesting that the phenomenon seems to be happening more with women and their male hangers-on. It definitely seems to be true of this guy (though how rich and famous is Simpson anymore? She strikes me as so 2005).

  17. mamalama says:

    Is “duh” too obvious a reaction to this headline?

  18. TG says:

    @Sugarplum – we do seem to have different standards for men than women. Matt Damon married a non-famous gal and so do a lot of other celebe men. I think for me this guy just looks cheesy so you can’t trust him.

  19. Novaraen says:

    Leave her alone…she’s happy. Poor girl needs to get her happiness where she can.

  20. mauweebound says:

    its kinda like mariah carey and nick cannon. I mean who doesn’t want a guy to follow you around and hold your umbrella?

  21. wunderkindt says:

    What’s NOT to use with JS?

    She sets herself up for man problems-enough already! Dont feel sorry for her.

  22. anon says:

    look this guy made about 12 million in the NFL look at his contracts. Lets say he made great investments so while he is not at the level of wealth Jessica is he can look after himself even after a divorce. Give the guy a break.

    I agree with the comments saying women do this type of thing constantly.. I don’t care. Maybe just maybe they can make it work. Call Jessica all the names you want but its all money in the bank to her.

    Ken Paves is just pissed because he doesn’t get the say anymore. He had too much control over Jessica then he should have. he can try as he may to difuse it & talk other clients but his connection with Jessica is what makes Ken Paves & if he was the leaks then how could he ever be trusted with anyother clients he now has. I wouldn’t.. Any new relationship including his is all about that togetherness. Given Jess schedule she has little time for a lot of freinds but it doesn’t mean she dumped any of them at all. Anyone in the buisness knows there are peak times & limited time for anything other then buisness..

    It’s time everyone stepped back & let this girl be & Ken needs to stop with all the drama. He is making an ass of himself.

  23. wunderkindt says:

    Is she preg???

  24. flutters says:

    Money in real estate? In this market, isn’t that code for he made investments that he’s losing money on right now?

    Idk. Ken Paves probably leaked the story. I think it’s his sincere opinion. How much of it is legit? Hard to say because for all we know Ken Paves has a very specific idea of who would be OK for Jessica (must be famous, must have own $$$) and Eric obviously doesn’t fit that. But then again Ken’s idea of who’s right for Jessica hasn’t worked out too well for her.

    I was honestly more disturbed by the endless and staged photo ops when they’d only been dating a couple months and the “Look at me, I’m dating a Yalie!!!!” stuff than the idea that Jessica might be supporting him.

  25. Dani says:

    I second the pregnant comment. She looks like she could possibly be expecting and I doubt money means absolutely anything to her when she has love.

  26. jane16 says:

    I’ve never understood why this gal is rich and famous. No talent, very average looking. I tried one of beauty products once and had a horrible allergic reaction to it. The stuff is horrible quality. I hear she puts her name on clothes also, which baffles me even more, becuz every time I see her she is horribly dressed. Don’t get it, but it seems the guy is more than good enough for her & if they’re happy with their arrangement, who cares really?

  27. Marjalane says:

    As soon as I saw this headline and that there were 25 comments, I thought “How many ways are there to say, “ya think?”.

  28. normade says:

    Funny thing, I always thought her friends were using her too.

  29. neelyo says:

    Um, isn’t he a little late on the fame part?

  30. Sakota says:

    I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that since he went to Yale, has money of his own from investments, it could be that he’s using her for sex, not fame. She’s his Marilyn, a good bonk and then she’ll be tossed aside. Just because a lot of men aren’t famous, it doesn’t make them inferior to women who are. I mean, look at how Jessica makes her money, she’s not a shipping tycoon.

    Same with other people who aren’t famous. There are people outside of Hollywood who are filthy rich beyond your dreams and they aren’t throwing themselves at the celebs, trying to get fifteen minutes of fame. How do we know that Jessica isn’t trying to use him to get him down the aisle and get a secure future for herself?

  31. Shazza says:

    Nick Cannon has been in the business since 1998, in various TV shows, CDs, and is now the development and creative consultant of the Teen Nick. I’m sure Mariah has waaaay more money than him but he’s nothing like this guy at all.

  32. CaramelKiss says:

    Yale graduate and Wharton ex-student? Eric knows EXACTLY what he’s doing. This is the top of the food chain for JS. As far as looks, intellect goes, this is as good as it gets for her. Let’s face it, it was just a couple of years ago when she learned the difference between Chicken and Tuna.

  33. winterwilde says:

    A Yale graduate, who played football and looks slightly like her previous footballer boyfriend, has no career or family commitments to keep him from traveling the world with her and basicly being her beck and call boyfriend; well for Jessica this dude is a KEEPER.

  34. guesty says:

    @mamalama…exactly. could say a big ole double duh but that would be mean.

  35. Hautie says:

    “I would like to point out that tons of celeb guys support lifestyles for their jobless, uneducated girlfriends, and no one blinks an eye.

    But a woman does it and we should pity her? ”


    Geez that girl of Clooney’s is a prime example.

    And that entire article reeks of the “kick to the curb” Paves.

    Whom if anyone was ever using Jessica for her cash, it was him.

    Look how awful she looked under his styling. He manage to get her to cut off her own long hair… just so he could glue in his truly tragic looking extensions.

    If anything I am giving Eric credit for seeing Paves for the user he was.

    Look at how much Paves traveled with Jessica through out the years. Not only was she paying for his first class tickets but she had to pay tens of thousands of dollars to him as her “professional” hair stylist.

    Please…. if anyone is p*ssed about not being on the Simpson payroll it is Paves.

    Paves needs to move his bitter old self on and let the girl find some happiness.

    And quit trash talking her… and taking money from US/Star/ITW to do so.

  36. Amma says:

    That’s okay because she’s using him to have something to talk about in lieu of zero career!

  37. TeeTee says:

    her stomach is still big with spanx on??

    and she nds a bra on

    what happened to her, stressful eating?

    her mid section is huge, like a 55 yo chick..

    I can’t…

  38. lucy2 says:

    Oh, those clothing choices!

    I doubt he’s dumb, and he may have his own money, but I still think it’s weird to drop out of a prestigious school to “follow around” someone who doesn’t really do anything. If they’re really in love and happy, that’s great, but there’s a lot to be said for having a life outside of your relationship too.

  39. tango says:

    Well if he can get into Wharton Business school then he’s not exactly a dunce. And he was accepted before he took up with Jessica so it’s not like her fame gave him a leg up on the competition. So he’s smart enough to enjoy the ride while he can.

  40. Sakota says:


    Lots of men would do that if they could. I think bonking her is like bragging rights. Like men who bragged about bonking Marilyn Monroe or men who would like to brag about bonking Pamela Anderson. And as for business school, it’s not a place for idiots and if he wants to bonk Jessica Simpson while he tours, that’s his and her choice.

  41. Daisy says:

    At least she has someone to shag even if she has to pay for it! Who cares, life is short! And so is Jessica. I wish she would get off her fat butt and hit the treadmill. What a lazy@ss.

  42. k says:

    so she used Nick to get where she at. what goes around comes around.

  43. PsychicEyes says:

    these two are about as believably as someone convincing me that Jessica is a REAL singer.

    I do give her credit for finding the schlep and even convincing the sucker into holding her hands for the paps. Which idiot holds his girlfriend’s hand in such an akward manner? She looks vacant and spaced out in the pics.

    My feeling this is an arranged pseudo-relationship which SHE probably had cooked up. Desperate and clingy comes to mind…

    As for the nasty gossip leaks … my hunch it’s some cunty bitch that was none to happy to be dumped by Miss. J. and is sulking to the gossip blogs.. Yup, that’s what you get for shitting on your BGFF, having him listen to your constant whining about all the men who stopped and go, and why no one will believes that you are an actual singer. Personally, I would have went with the voodoo priestess who scarifices her ex’s dogs rumour, at least that would scare your enemies.

  44. newtsgal says:

    Either she’s going for the burnt sausage award or she’s knocked up….those outfits are terrible!!!

  45. 8908 says:

    Marilyn wrote poetry, painted, talked about civil rights, and helped Ella Fitzgerald get the attention she deserved when a club owner wanted to reject her. Just based on the color of her skin. Marilyn had a baseball player crazy about her that never married again. Another bright and famous writer that was crazy about her. She had mental illness in her family, with her mom. She was to believed to have suffered from . She also abused as an orphan.

    She had a good heart, was a great talent/artist, and had a hard life as a youth. She could sing and could act. Had diverse roles. It’s amazing what you find out by watching YouTube. Also scouring the Internet. Marilyn was in a league of her own. More than just a pretty face. Only person she was known for sure to have slept with are the one’s she married .

    Jessica is a cute girl with a cute figure. She has a good singing voice. Better than Britney, but not as good as Christina. She falls in the group that just never got a strong following. She just never did the work to get it. You’ve gotta go to people’s home towns and get in their faces. She’s just in it for the attention and money. This guy is in it for the attention, money, and he’s getting sex.

    When he gets bored with her, he’ll be gone.

    Nick Cannon is also a producer worth 28 million and is ready to fight Eminem in the ring for dissing his wife. You think this dude would do that for Simpson.

  46. Spring says:

    Who. Is. Dressing. Her.

  47. anon says:

    anyone see Insider tonight on Jessica. She is laughing all the way to the bank. While you all sit & mock & can’t think past chicken & Tuna because your mentality has its own issues Jessica has made millions. call her dumb blonde if you like but as Insider said she is shrewd, SMART, (yup smart) Buisness woman. She has creeped up on everyone as most pea size brains are still in her left over tuna can. lol Jokes on you guys. On target for 2012 as being a billion dollar business & possible sooner the way her stuff is selling (yup its selling folks). Took home approx 30 million alone for herself last year.
    UM KIm K is worth a measly 40 million they said.. Suck it up people & give credit where its due. While you all thought Jessica was sleeping you got caught taking your own nap. lol
    Its time everyone just left Jessica alone in her relationships. jess is on record a few years ago as saying her man did not have to come from wealth she had the covered & if we think about it her last two men were wealthy & treated her like crap & did use her to elivate themselves so there are no guarentees. NO man is good or bad because he ahs money or not. Its character & so far there is nothing out there other then tabloid trash that you can find anywhere that doesn’t show ERIC is be a great guy.
    lets give them a shot.

  48. 8908 says:

    One guy has 7 Grammys and has worked with legends. Who Says went Gold. The other is a star quarter back. They treated her like crap, cause she let them run the show. If she didn’t she knew they’d dump her. They were going to do that anyway. She chased dudes based on their popularity and now she’s left with this dude. If she had a brain shed go work out. Shed go and get a guy outside of the business and stop pimping herself out. These dudes treated her bad , …whatever. They knew the only reason she bothered with them was cause they were famous. Didn’t have anything in common with her, cause she’s not worried about anything, but herself.

    Maybe she should take time to get to know a person, cause she’s just been getting passed around since her divorce.

    Sorry, being educated and charitable is more important than being rich. You can get rich easy, if you’re willing to do anything for it.

  49. JustSayin says:

    That first picture of him? He looks like a younger version of her father! Down to the cleft chin.

  50. Sakota says:

    For all that marilyn did, she marketed herself as a dumbl blonde sexpot and let the studio market her that way too. Jessica might be doing the same and laughing all the way to the banks, but she is publicly an easy bimbo. Men look and see that, NOT that she might have a good personality.

  51. 8908 says:

    Honey if you listened to her interviews she showed her wit and intellect. She did the sex pot stuff, dumb….NO.

    Simpson actually is dumb.

  52. two cents says:

    Jessica Simpson is a total mystery to me. This woman can’t dress yet she supposedly has a multi-million dollar clothing and shoe line. She is very average looking — can’t act — her singing is nothing to get excited about. She completely lacks intellect and doesn’t seem to have a passion for anything besides men and an obvious penchant for fried food. Why on earth is she famous? The better question might be: why would anyone want to emulate this woman in any way? Go figure.

  53. rolltideroll says:

    Longtime reader, first time commenter.

    I’ll admit, I haven’t read all of the responses here–just the first few that pointed out the double standard about the media caring that JS is paying her boyfriend’s way, while someone like George Clooney does the same thing and no one notices. But here’s the key difference. George Clooney isn’t running around to every media outlet he can get his hands on to blab about how he has found love and blah blah blah. For Jessica, on the other hand, this is the only way she can get in the news. She’s throwing it in our faces in a desperate attempt to get more attention (and here I am writing about it!). So sure, celebs do that sort of thing. But when you throw in the fact that she could be financially supporting this new guy so that she can run to the media about it, that’s when it gets icky.