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Was Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey’s Break-up A Publicity Stunt Or Revenge On Celebrity Journalist?

November 24, 2005 07:20 PM by Joe Blackmon

It’s been a rough week for reality TV fans.  First, rumors surfaced that Simon Cowell might not be back on American Idol, and now the Newlyweds appears to be over for good.  On the evening before Thanksgiving, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey officially announced their separation to Us Weekly. 

Jessica Simpon and Nick Lachey’s joint release to Us Weekly stated "After three years of marriage, and careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways.  This is the mutual decision of two people with an enormous amount of respect and admiration for each other. We hope that you respect our privacy during this difficult time."

The request for privacy seems unusual given the timing of the announcement.  By making the announcement on Thanksgiving eve, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey probably ensured that they would become the topic of millions of Thanksgiving dinner conversations.  The timing almost seems like a publicity stunt (maybe they’re planning a new reality series called The Separation: Nick & Jessica).

That Jessica and Nick chose to issue the release to Us Weekly also seems unusual.  Us Weekly had reported the couple’s split way back in their October 17 issue, and the couple had vehemently denied that it was true.  Why would Jessica and Nick issue a press release to a magazine that had angered them by publishing an early story on their break-up if they didn’t love the publicity?

Of course, Jessica and Nick might have considered the timing of their separation announcement their revenge on celebrity journalist.  Most celebrity journalist were probably on their way to family Thanksgiving celebrations when the news broke.  Many of whom were probably called back into the office to work on coverage of one of the biggest celebrity break-up stories of the year.

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60 Responses to “Was Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey’s Break-up A Publicity Stunt Or Revenge On Celebrity Journalist?”

  1. Nicole Says:
    November 24th, 2005 at 11:12 pm

    I hope it is a publisity stunt…I LOVE them together!!!

  2. Anonymous Says:
    November 24th, 2005 at 11:36 pm

    Pathetic.

  3. trish Says:
    November 24th, 2005 at 11:38 pm

    jessica simpson and nick didnt break up. those magazines are full of ****… its all just for publicity… thats all it is.

    thanx

  4. Anonymous Says:
    November 25th, 2005 at 12:25 am

    Nick and Jessica were the perfect hollywood couple so i would have to say it is the publicity

  5. heidi shaw Says:
    November 25th, 2005 at 4:49 am

    it wasn bound to happen, the “it” couple. is now the “no” couple. very sad, but they will have new lovers in no time…

  6. Michelle Says:
    November 25th, 2005 at 9:55 am

    I can’t believe that Nick and Jessica are getting a divorce. Guys you should reconsider because it’s never too late. Nothing in life comes easy but that doesn’t mean we give up when things don’t work out. Give your marriage a chance.

  7. Beverley Says:
    November 25th, 2005 at 10:04 am

    Why can’t you guys try to work it out. I can’t believe it’s going to end just like that. This is not true you guys are still together.

  8. KAREN G Says:
    November 25th, 2005 at 11:16 am

    It’s true they are officially getting a divorce! I’m glad Nick is finally getting out of that relationship.

  9. Jonathan Says:
    November 25th, 2005 at 11:48 am

    There is a spirit of divorce in Hollywood. I’ve known people who have stayed together through far more difficulties. Jessica is a poor representative for Jesus. But she’s totally sold out to Hollywood anyway so what can you expect…

  10. carly Says:
    November 25th, 2005 at 4:13 pm

    If the breakup rumors are true, than good for Nick!! She’s to “self involved” for him!!

  11. Dawn Says:
    November 25th, 2005 at 7:02 pm

    He’s too go for her anyways! He can find someone better

  12. Dawn Says:
    November 25th, 2005 at 7:03 pm

    He’s too good for her anyways! He can find someone better.

  13. Dawn Says:
    November 25th, 2005 at 7:06 pm

    Obviously Carly and I agree with each other!

  14. j. Says:
    November 26th, 2005 at 1:36 am

    Man I am bummed because I just thought up a great license plate cover that involed them ….ohhhh the millions I could have made!!!!!

  15. Camille Says:
    November 26th, 2005 at 10:58 am

    I think that this is such a publicity stunt. I mean, two days before the announcemnt they are in love and want to have babies. Then on Thanksgiving, I wake up, go to sweetkisses.net, and they’ve broken up. I seriously think that either they really couldn’t stand being together one more day without clearing their heads or this is going to help them earn millions more with a new show in the mix a la Joe Simpson.

  16. Nicole Says:
    November 27th, 2005 at 12:14 am

    I actually cried when my boyfriend emailed me the news. This is so disappointing. People worry about money and others’ opinions instead of listening to their heart. In 100 years, this won’t matter. You should make decisions based on who you want to be with in heaven.

  17. April Says:
    November 27th, 2005 at 1:45 am

    I couldn’t believe it when i heard about nick and jessica. very sad i feel if they really love each other and take their vows seriously they should stay for the long haul and work it out. i thought they would be together forever and they had true love.

  18. Lee Says:
    November 27th, 2005 at 1:49 am

    They were never the perfect couple. They are apart all the time. Jessica spends so much money and Nick didnt understand that. Jessica was very jealous. Nick is clean, responsible, independant. Jessica is a slob, needy, always relys on other people. Nick always had to take care of her and her little dog too.

  19. Tina Says:
    November 27th, 2005 at 1:54 am

    It is NOT a publicity stunt? They probably announced it before Thanksgiving because they thought it would get less press, with a lot of people being out the office, and coverage of parades and other holiday related events. Also, they knew that spending the holidays apart would only spark more rumors. Plus Christina Aguilera got married last weekend and her pictures were being released, so they thought that that would take a some attention off them as well, even if it was just a little bit. And dont forget, the media was also saying that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes was a big publicity stunt and now they are having a baby. There is no way it is a publicity stunt. They would look really foolish afterwards!

  20. Tina Says:
    November 27th, 2005 at 1:55 am

    I didnt mean for that first sentence to have a question mark.

  21. Leighanne Says:
    November 27th, 2005 at 2:43 am

    I hope that this isnt really happening! I love them together. I choose not to believe it! So depressing!

  22. anita Says:
    November 27th, 2005 at 4:28 am

    well its really sad that they have split up but i think the actual reason of them splitting up is because of her parent they where always butting in if i was nick i wouldnt stand another minute with them i love my parents but when it comes to my husband and me they are a seprate subject i know the are jessicas managers and all that stuff but jessica is married and a diffrent family now she is not there little girl for them to control everything she does she has a husband and she should listen to him i hope they work things out but if not then its the best for nick he can find someone else and move on and start a family like he always wanted

  23. jim Says:
    November 27th, 2005 at 11:40 am

    its sad that you people care this much about a celebrity couple, is it really going to have that much of an affect on your daily life now that they are no longer together?

  24. Tricia Says:
    November 27th, 2005 at 2:32 pm

    I’m happy for Nick. She said she acts like a ditz for attention…what an idiot! He can do so much better and find someone who’s much more intelligent and worth his love!

  25. xxx Says:
    November 28th, 2005 at 12:11 am

    That’s good, I don’t want Nick to be with that bitch. She did a lot of damages to him and that’s why he divorced her. He did it for a reason.

    Go Nick we are here to support u

  26. Ivana Says:
    November 28th, 2005 at 5:48 pm

    Are you freakin kidding me?!?!?!?! Honestly, I never really cared about neither of them, but reading some of the posts on the internet made me feel really bad for them. One thing though, every time I’m at the store waiting by the register and I happen to see something about Nick and Jessica in one of the magazines, it’s always something about Nick screwing around on Jessica. He’s seen with different girls in public, clubs, even a hotel! Just because he’s cute and she’s a blonde doesn’t mean he’s too good for her and she’s just a jealous dumb bitch. Being apart as much as they have been must suck big time, and especially when you can’t trust your own husband to go anywhere without screwing around. I feel bad they’re getting a divorce cause it must be hard, but WAY TO GO for Jess – she can do a lot better than a boy like Nick trapped in a man’s body!

  27. The mistress Says:
    November 28th, 2005 at 11:14 pm

    Yeah jessica found out I’m having his love child! She was really pissed!!

  28. Amber Says:
    November 29th, 2005 at 6:43 pm

    I’ve always felt sorry for Nick. Jessica is such a spoiled brat. I originally liked her, until watching the Newlyweds show. She came across as a spoiled little girl who mommy and daddy always jumped to please.

  29. Margie Kudia Says:
    November 30th, 2005 at 1:03 am

    Who f—cking cares??????????

  30. Stephanie Says:
    November 30th, 2005 at 1:51 pm

    They’ll get back together.. Jesica just got a lil big headed. dont worry theyll get back together, they always get back together.

  31. loser Says:
    November 30th, 2005 at 5:24 pm

    why am i reading this.. kill me and anyone else who empathizes this much for these rich successful bastards

  32. Staci Says:
    November 30th, 2005 at 7:14 pm

    The sad thing about the scenario with Jessica is that she is supposed to be so Christian, and BAM! She wants to divorce. She’s obviously fake as just one month ago she was saying their marriage was perfect…blah blah blah. Her parents have way too much control over her as well. I’m not saying Nick isn’t in the wrong in any way. It seems as though he’s 32 and wants to have a family, and she isn’t ready. PEOPLE, talk about that stuff before you marry. I hope for their sake they can work it out, but it’s doubtful.

  33. teya Says:
    December 1st, 2005 at 1:09 pm

    What makes me mad is that we have been lied too. How do they expect me to believe anything they tell us now. What made me like that couple was because they started off so honest and real. I could relate to them. But I guess you lose that quality with fame.She did change and it is so obvious, and now she will really will be the next Britney Spears looking for attention in all the wrong ways. Now that Nick is single he can screw whatever walks past him.

  34. krisitne Says:
    December 1st, 2005 at 2:01 pm

    i think there not together has to do alot with jessica i mean look at her she’s gone from a cute american girl that almost everyone can relate to…..to a media pressured slut. she was beautiful the way she was and now what look at her, just another xtina or britany nad we all know we need more of them from our kids too look up too,

  35. bran Says:
    December 3rd, 2005 at 2:08 pm

    i love them 2gether i loved buying the newly weds and her lip gloss and cds… FTHAT THOUGH if the break up is true.. I hope that if it is true Jessica Simpson loses fans and money!!!!

  36. Anonymous Says:
    December 3rd, 2005 at 2:10 pm

    JESSICA SIMPSON IS A F_ING JOKE I AM NO LONGER A FAN .. SHE TURNED INTO A SLUT……. I HOPE NICK FINDS SOMEONE MUCH HOTTER THEN THAT BI**H AND SHES JELOUS FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE

  37. hannah Says:
    December 6th, 2005 at 11:56 am

    hold hold on! have they split or havent they?

  38. Cilla Says:
    December 6th, 2005 at 10:32 pm

    For all of you who are glad they are breaking up yall are probably the reasons they are breaking up. Yall are all haters cuz deep down yall know that they was the cutes couple so to all yall haters quit trippin and keep it straight.

  39. Jan Says:
    December 8th, 2005 at 12:55 am

    I HOPE SOMEHOW JESSICA COULD REACH BACK AND REMEMBER HER CHRISTAIN UP BRING AND GET THROUGH THIS WITH PRAYER AND SUPPORT FROM HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
    REMEMBERING THE BOTH OF YOU DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS

  40. ashley Says:
    December 10th, 2005 at 7:35 pm

    i think its really disgusting how much people are on here saying stupid stuff like “SHE TURNED INTO A SLUT……. I HOPE NICK FINDS SOMEONE MUCH HOTTER THEN THAT BI**H AND SHES JELOUS FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE”… you can’t even spell for one, secondly we don’t know about the situation, thirdly i dont like jessica simpson but she is beautiful and talented, and has much more going for her then you ever will with your third grade spelling.

  41. Anonymous Says:
    December 12th, 2005 at 9:19 am

    Hi jessica and nick how are you too doing are you jessica pentanet and i who that baby will be you

  42. danny Says:
    December 18th, 2005 at 9:57 pm

    i dont blame jessica for everything that has happen, i blame her dad, i think he wants jessica all to himself, that guy is weird, what kind of dad talks about his daughter chest and sex like as much as he does. i thinks he runs jessica life and she cant stay up to him because he is her dad, less then a month after that split she files for a divcore even jennifer and brad waited a few months. jessica i was one of your biggest fan but now i lost alot of respect for you. if you love someone as much as she kept telling everyone, try to make things better, no one knows the reason why the two of you split, but we saw the LOVE that you share at one time, you cant just throw that away like yesterday trash. just listen to your heart.

  43. melissa Says:
    December 18th, 2005 at 10:06 pm

    Sorry to hear it, break ups are terrible. Just goes to show that no matter how beautiful and rich you are, you can still get your heart broken. It must be terrible to have your divorce as headline news, but then again, that’s the price of success. I wish them both the best, and hope that Nick never was unfaithful. That is something that you never really get over. Good luck to them and to everyone else who is going thru a traumatic life experience.

  44. alison Says:
    December 19th, 2005 at 8:13 am

    well i would have thoght there where better people out there these 2 have just parted ways no mater who is to blame or not to blame they will both be upset. i wish them all the best in getting over something so upseting and hope they both can get on with their lifes. i do like jessica and what i have seen of nick he has been really nasty to her and i think she can do better but i still wich him well it is these 2 peoples lifes.

  45. alison Says:
    December 19th, 2005 at 8:14 am

    well i would have thoght there where better people out there these 2 have just parted ways no mater who is to blame or not to blame they will both be upset. i wish them all the best in getting over something so upseting and hope they both can get on with their lifes. i do like jessica and what i have seen of nick he has been really nasty to her and i think she can do better but i still wish him well,

  46. ******* Says:
    December 26th, 2005 at 7:27 pm

    i heard dat he can only watch one game on sunday or he owes her money and dat is shes not nice to his parents she owes mony to and da gyrl nick cheated on wit jessica look like her sis ashlee

  47. ******* Says:
    December 26th, 2005 at 7:27 pm

    i heard dat he can only watch one game on sunday or he owes her money and dat is shes not nice to his parents she owes mony to and da gyrl nick cheated on wit jessica look like her sis ashlee

  48. Brandi Says:
    January 10th, 2006 at 6:45 am

    All marraiges are REALLY hard work. But you haven’t been married long enough to even say that you both tried. Compromise and honesty is the key. I would try everything before calling it quits.

  49. JESSICA Says:
    January 17th, 2006 at 1:21 pm

    I THINK JESSICA AND NICH SHOULD NOT SPLIT UP THEY MAKE SUCH A CUTE COUPLE.

  50. Rita Says:
    January 19th, 2006 at 12:23 am

    Nick and Jessica could have worked things out, if Jessica would have wanted to but her mind was made up. Even Hiliary Swank and her husband areworking things in their married and not divorcing right now. They’ve been married 8 years but she said in an interview they have a total of 13 years of love invested with each other. People can do what they have a mind to do. You can learn from this Jessica.

  51. BIGGEST fan Says:
    January 27th, 2006 at 4:48 pm

    to jessica
    im really sad about your divorce on tv both of you really seemed like not only the cutest couple but like u really loved eachother
    yes lots of people think they know so much about you cause they see every move you guys make but what we dont realize is how your things are when there is no cameras around.even though i just loved your show and you made millions of money i think you should have kept your private life to your self.i really hope you work your problems out.god bless both of you.

  52. SUEMY Says:
    January 27th, 2006 at 5:04 pm

    HEY NICK AND JESSICA IM REALLY SAD YOU TOOK THAT DECISION I REALLY HOPE YOU DID NOT DO IT OUT OF ANGER I REALLY HOPE YOU WORK THINGS OUT I SUPPORT YOU 100 PERCENT

  53. Amy Says:
    February 10th, 2006 at 1:23 pm

    Hey I just wanted to say that I really liked Nick & Jessica together too. They were a couple that made you believe in love and that the perfect one was really out there. I really hope that the both of them have actually thought about their decisions carefully because you really don’t know what you have lost until it is gone. In watching their TV show I saw the way they looked at eachother and for 2 people who looked at eachother like that I find it hard to believe that the love isn’t still there. They should give it another chance for their sake.

  54. miriam Says:
    April 23rd, 2006 at 2:26 pm

    I dont know why nick and jessica break up they are so cute couple and is to heard to start a NEW RELATIONSHIP and you know that you and nick had gone to so much thing together but if i was jessica i go look for nick cause he is a great guy and you cant lose him now… i would go and talk about what went wrong? but i wish jessica and nick go back together again…. love you guys

  55. Michelle Says:
    June 22nd, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    I think thst you guys are making a big mistake because you 2 have been together for all this tim and now that things get a little rough you want to run and get a divorce i mean thats crazy you guys should get a piece of paper and write down all the bad things on one side and all the good ones on the other then see which one out go the other and if the good out do the bad then you should stay with him but if the bad out do the good the you should leave him you have to take time and try to work things out.

  56. laura baby Says:
    July 2nd, 2006 at 9:12 pm

    y do u all care, god u act as if u kno them so what if ther brakin up who cares good riddons let them get on with it…who stays 2getha these days anyways eh?

  57. ANNA[SEXYLOVE] Says:
    August 12th, 2006 at 7:10 pm

    I DON’T NO WHY NICK AND JESSICA DIDN’T JUST WORK IT OUT. THEY WERE PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER. THEY ARE BOTH TALENTED, FINANCIAL SORTED AND ATTRACTIVE.THEY HAD EVERTHING THEY COULD WANT.

    I JUST THINK THEY WILL GET BACK TOGETHER SOME DAY[HOPEFULLY] WHEN THEY REALIZE THAT BREAKING UP WAS A BIG MISTAKE.

    JESSICA AND NICK YOU ARE MENT FOR EACH OTHER AND I BET YOU BOTH NO IT IN YOUR HEARTS.

  58. ANNA[SEXYLOVE] Says:
    August 12th, 2006 at 7:10 pm

    I DON’T NO WHY NICK AND JESSICA DIDN’T JUST WORK IT OUT. THEY WERE PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER. THEY ARE BOTH TALENTED, FINANCIAL SORTED AND ATTRACTIVE.THEY HAD EVERTHING THEY COULD WANT.

    I JUST THINK THEY WILL GET BACK TOGETHER SOME DAY[HOPEFULLY] WHEN THEY REALIZE THAT BREAKING UP WAS A BIG MISTAKE.

    JESSICA AND NICK YOU ARE MENT FOR EACH OTHER AND I BET YOU BOTH NO IT IN YOUR HEARTS.

  59. ANNA[SEXYLOVE] Says:
    August 12th, 2006 at 7:10 pm

    I DON’T NO WHY NICK AND JESSICA DIDN’T JUST WORK IT OUT. THEY WERE PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER. THEY ARE BOTH TALENTED, FINANCIAL SORTED AND ATTRACTIVE.THEY HAD EVERTHING THEY COULD WANT.

    I JUST THINK THEY WILL GET BACK TOGETHER SOME DAY[HOPEFULLY] WHEN THEY REALIZE THAT BREAKING UP WAS A BIG MISTAKE.

    JESSICA AND NICK YOU ARE MENT FOR EACH OTHER AND I BET YOU BOTH NO IT IN YOUR HEARTS.

  60. AislingOx* Says:
    September 21st, 2007 at 4:37 am

    Hope it is only a Rumour & They get bk cuz they cant stop Newlyweds cuz i love iit! x

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