Magazine Claims Nick and Jessica Are
News quickly spread Wednesday that
Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson have split and that
their storybook marriage is officially over. But Nick
and Jessica claim it isn't so.
Wednesday, Lachey's publicist issued this statement
to "Extra" on behalf of both of the "Newlyweds,"
saying, "Nick and Jessica have not separated. Rumors
to the contrary are simply not true."
Sunday, Simpson flew solo (and without her wedding ring)
at her sister Ashlee's 21st birthday party at the Las
Vegas club Pure, inside Caesar's Palace.
"Nick is not here tonight," Ashlee confirmed
Sunday night. "[Jessica] came by herself today
to celebrate with me."
Despite the couple's denials, Us Weekly is sticking
by their story, saying that Lachey and Simpson have
walked out on their marriage. The magazine reports that
just two days after Ashlee's party, the couple called
But according to Us Weekly's Caroline Schaeffer, Lachey
and Simpson have not been together for close to two
months. "Now we know the reason they are not wearing
their rings," Schaeffer said. "I think for
a long time people have said this is a marriage of convenience
for business reasons. It wasn't the right time to split,
so for a long time they have been having separate lives,
but staying together in public."
Lachey and Simpson were last seen together on September
11th at a football game. But just days later, Simpson
was again solo and again without her wedding ring.
For months now Simpson has repeatedly told "Extra"
that there was no truth to the constant breakup rumors.
"It's hard because you don't want people to believe
that you and the man of your life aren't in love anymore,"
Simpson had said.
In August, Lachey did the same when subbing for Regis,
saying, "Everything is absolutely wonderful in
love, marriage and life."
But Us magazine claims their sources say this time,
the split is real. "People say it's only a matter
of time before they file for divorce," Schaeffer