Getting engaged a week after your ex-husband sounds like a PR move. But paying for your own engagement ring just makes us sad for you, Jessica Simpson. The pop singer has had a hard time of things since splitting from husband (and reality show costar) Nick Lachey in 2005. But each new detail of her engagement this week is making the whole thing seem like a PR failure.
According to PopEater, Jess bought her own engagement ring. It’s one thing to accept a proposal from an out of work NFL player. Maybe he’s totally awesome! But maybe you should just wait until he can afford a ring?
Last week, Jessica said she was happy that Nick and Vanessa Minnillo planned to get married. But a few days later, we learned that Jessica is getting married herself, to boyfriend of six months Eric Johnson. That sounds like a retaliation announcement if we’ve ever heard one.
And now we’re learning that the ring, which appears to be a $100,000 Neil Lane design, was purchased by Jessica herself.
A source tells PopEater:
“No way could Eric, who doesn’t have a job at the moment, afford to purchase such an expensive ring,” a friend of Jessica’s tells me. “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.”
Even Nick Lachey’s response to Jessica’s news sounds like passive criticism.
“I will say the same thing I always say: I wish her the very best,” Lachey told Us Weekly.
Add all that to the fact that Jessica might not make Eric sign a prenup, and it sounds like trouble brewing. It’s certainly bad PR for their pending nuptials. From PopEater:
“I don’t care how much money you have—buying your own engagement ring just screams pathetic. This whole thing is just so tacky! I thought you were better than this Jess!”