Jessica Simpson: Living, Loving, Learning
May 2, 2006

Only "Extra" has the celebrity 411 on all things Jessica Simpson! Things got a little playful when we caught up with the fun-loving and relaxed star over the weekend, grocery shopping with her new constant companion and stylist, Ken Paves.

The duo stopped by a supermarket in Los Angeles, where she playfully hit him with a turkey breast, then showed off her shoe line. "I'm wearing my shoes, give it a promo; at least do that," she teased before admitting the roses she carried, "Are for myself. I buy myself roses."

But "Extra" has learned the reason Jess has been hanging out with Paves so much these days. In addition to being close friends, they're extending her style empire to include hair extensions. Simpson sports these quite often, and they have become her signature red carpet look.

Once the venture is complete, it may make Jessica one of the busiest 25-year-old stars alive. And on her to-do list recently was a top-secret dinner with her ex, Nick Lachey.

So what's the deal with their secret union? Insiders reveal Simpson wanted a face to face with Lachey to ask him to not be so loose-lipped in interviews. In fact, "Extra" has learned Jess turned down a cover story in Vanity Fair because she did not want to do a tell-all interview.

She will, however, do upcoming covers for both Maxim and Cosmo Girl. "Of course she's heartbroken about it," revealed Cosmo Girl's Susan Schulz. "But she's really moving on, trying to kind of focus on her career."

A career that is forging ahead at a lightning speed. From the launch of her ever growing clothing line to her new album and new movie, "Employee of the Month," Jessica is worth an estimated $100 million!

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