Jessica Simpson Engaged to Ex-NFL Star

Published November 14, 2010

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Just days after ex-husband Nick Lachey announced his engagement to Vanessa Minnillo, pop singer, actress and fashion designer Jessica Simpson herself got engaged to her boyfriend of a few months, Eric Johnson, People magazine confirmed Sunday.

"Yes, we are excited to confirm that they are engaged!" a rep for the couple said.

The former NFL player Johnson proposed November 11 and on Saturday Simpson was seen sporting a massive diamond ring at an event in Kansas City, sources told the celebrity magazine.

RELATED: Click for pics of Jessica showing off her ring.

The couple began dating in May and in July they were photographed getting affectionate in Italy to celebrate the “The Dukes of Hazzard” actress’s 30th birthday.

When the two realized their relationship was more than just a summer fling, the ex-San Francisco 49ers player reportedly decided not to pursue an M.B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton business school in order to stay close to Simpson in L.A.

It will be the second marriage for both.

Johnson, 31, is recently divorced having officially ended his first marriage to his wife of five years in October -- six months after he began dating Simpson.

In five seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints, Johnson, a tight end out of Yale, had 240 receptions for 2,178 yards and nine touchdowns.

Simpson went through a public divorce from her first husband -- the former 98 Degrees singer.

At the age of 22, the Texas native married Lachey in October 2002 and their relationship was profiled on the MTV reality show "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica," which ran for three seasons. The pair filed for divorce in December 2005.

On November 4, Lachey, 37,confirmed he had proposed to his girlfriend of four years.

The now-engaged couple met in 2006 when Minnillo, 29, starred in Lachey's music video for his single "What's Left Of Me" -- the song that told the story of his recovery from his split from Simpson.

The next Mrs. Lachey has been a correspondent on "Entertainment Tonight" and also hosted the MTV show "Total Request Live" from 2003 to 2007.

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