Lou Pearlman has jumped into the Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson marriage rumor fray. The pop manager, who represents Lachey’s friend and former 98 Degrees bandmate Jeff Timmons, claims he’s heard the couple are struggling. Pearlman told Star magazine, “Timmons says Nick told him, ‘My marriage is shaky right now. I’m hoping this trip will turn things around. This trip could be a second honeymoon – or preparation for a divorce. I don’t know what’s going to happen, and Jessica doesn’t know what’s going to happen, but we’re going to give it our best shot.'” Representatives for the couple deny the claims.
Nick Lachey On His Best Behavior In Vegas
October 20, 2005 – Marc S. Malkin of ‘The Insider’ reports that Nick Lachey was well behaved while in Las Vegas over the weekend for the ubid.com Hurricane Katrina relief auction, even though wife Jessica Simpson was hundreds of miles away at Chateau Marmont hotel in West Hollywood with Lindsay Lohan. Though women swarmed him, he spent most of his time at the Empire ballroom event hanging with his brother and 98 Degrees bandmate Drew and AJ Discala. “There were girls all over Nick, but he was behaving himself,” a fellow party-goer reported. “After the auction, when we were all backstage waiting for our cars to go to Tao, AJ yelled something about going to a strip club, but Nick did not go with him.” Malkin also threw cold water on gossip that Nick was hitting on Jessica Biel, calling it “nothing more than friendly banter.”
One Reason Why Nick And Jessica Haven’t Announced Split
October 20, 2005 – One of the theories why Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey are hiding their breakup? Media attention surrounding the speculation helps their careers. “Nick, Jessica and [her father Joe Simpson] were all conscious of the commercial heat the 9-month-long Brad Pitt-Jennifer Aniston breakup drama generated for their various projects,” a source tells Star magazine. “That’s something that goes to the heart of the Simpsons: They have a cynical approach to make a buck – whatever it takes! Joe has seen first-hand that a little speculation and innuendo go a long way to fuel the public’s interest. That’s why I doubt you’ll ever see him drag Nick and Jessica to couples counseling. I bet he thinks the tension in their marriage raises their profile.”