Jessica Simpson Engaged to Former NFL Footballer Eric Johnson

Ellen Delaney | Mon. Nov 15 2010, 12:11 pm

The love forecast is finally turning around for notoriously unlucky-in-love singer Jessica Simpson, who, over the weekend, became in engaged after a brief, 6-month courtship with former NFL tight end Eric Johnson.

What’s odd about this engagement was that it came just days after the announcement that Simpson’s ex husband, Nick Lachey, would marry his long-time girlfriend, Vanessa Minnillo and that Simpson was reportedly “deeply saddened” by the news.

A source close to Simpson apparently told Popeater blogger Rob Shuter, “Even though Jessica wants to be happy for Nick, this is a very difficult time for her. Nick was the love of her life then, man, and he was her first, so she will always have a very special place in her heart for him. She’s deeply saddened.”

Simpson, however, rebuffed those reports, telling Ryan Seacrest when she called into his radio show on Thursday, “I don’t know where all those rumors came from. My mom actually called me and said that everyone was saying that I was ‘saddened.’ I was just in complete shock. I couldn’t be more happy for Nick.”

Over the weekend, Simpson showed off her ruby and diamond engagement ring at Dillard’s department store in Kansas City, where she was promoting her clothing line.

“She was in a really good mood,” a bystander told People magazine. “She was very friendly and sweet. She signed autographs and seemed to have a great time.”

Since her 2006 divorce from Lachey, Jessica was famously dumped by crooner John Mayer and then Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo – who broke the news to Simpson on the night before her 29th birthday. She also has been romantically linked to Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman Billy Corgan, and comedian Dane Cook.

Johnson split from his wife earlier this year, filing for divorce in February. He began dating Simpson in May. He was a tight end for the San Francisco 49ers from 2001-2006, though he was injured in 2003 and ’05. Johnson played his final NFL season in 2007 with the New Orleans Saints.

As for Simpson’s famously micromanaging father, the engagement has his blessing.

“So very happy for Jess and Eric,” Joe Simpson Tweeted on Sunday night. “May they have a lifetime of joy and happiness.”

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