Is Simpson Desperate?

We’re just gonna come right out and say it -- Jessica Simpson is desperate. She’s desperate for attention. She’s desperate for love and she’s desperate to stay relevant.

Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson

The moment Jessica Simpson announced her engagement to former NFL player Eric Johnson, just a week-and-a-half after her ex Nick Lachey announced he'd be marrying his girlfriend, Vanessa Minnillo, we smelled a rat.

The timing was too synchronistic and too speedy. Nick's been with Vanessa for four years, Jessica and Eric have only been together since May 2010 and he wasn't even officially divorced from his wife of five years, Keri Johnson, until October.

Lachey announced his engagement on November 4, Jessica countered with her announcement on November 14. That seems like just enough time for Papa Joe, Jessica's creepy father and manager, to orchestrate a press release and a photo op.

Adding to our suspicions that something fishy is going on, rumors are flying that Jessica bought her own $100,000 ruby and diamond engagement ring.

Say what?

A source close to Simpson and Johnson said, "No way could Eric, who doesn't have a job at the moment, afford to purchase such an expensive ring. Yes, he made a little bit of money in the NFL and is from a wealthy family, but unless his parents helped him out, Jessica must have paid for it herself."

Did Jessica also get down on one knee and propose to herself? Was Eric even in the room when all of this happened or was it a negotiation, Tom Cruise-style, between representatives?

Marriages of convenience are nothing new in Hollywood. Done to propel careers, hide sexual tendencies or forge an unstoppable power couple, weddings can be as strategic as paparazzi photos, and just as calculated.

That's what this seems like if you ask us.

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Comments on "Jessica Simpson bought her own engagement ring"

Bling Envy November 20, 2010 | 1:52 PM

I LOVE that Jessica received a ruby the most sought after “love stone” in the world instead of just another boring cookie cutter diamond! She follows in the footsteps of stylish young Hollywood starlets such as Penelope Cruz, Julie Cooper, Julia Roberts, etc. etc. Carats & Colors has a ring just like Jessica’s called The Aristocrat for much less, check it out! The Aristocrat Engagement Ring

Samual L Jackson November 17, 2010 | 11:08 AM

No, you are a Diva. At least the person who bought the $1000 ring has a job....

$1000 ring? For a year? November 17, 2010 | 12:03 AM

I'm sorry, but are you really serious that its going to take you a year to pay off a $1000 ring? AND you make more money than your soon to be husband? Maybe I'm a diva, but that seems like forever... maybe you should think about trading up. NO, I'm not talking about the ring. I'm talking about the fiance...

Cass November 16, 2010 | 5:53 PM

Really, desperate? I bought my own engagement ring. It had nothing to do with being desperate, it's a fact of life that I had a better-paying job at the time and it was my ring and I wanted to spend more on it. It made way more financial sense for me to pay for it. And I love how people are calling it cheap - I'll be paying for my $1,000 ring for a year. Unbelievable. Do the people who write this stuff have any touch with reality anymore? It's not like Eric or Jessica have been raking in money lately.

Anne November 16, 2010 | 3:45 PM

That didn't look like a $100,000 ring to me. It looked like he bought it at Sears. So yeah, he probably could afford it.

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