Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Bump In The Road?

Against the insistence by US Weekly, Pete Wentz gave a statement to MTV News refuting the reports that his fiancée, Ashlee Simpson, is pregs ... which I tend to believe, mainly because denials of this sort don't really pan out since it's a hard lie to keep for very long. Here are new pictures of Ashlee Simpson departing LA for NYC yesterday at LAX Airport lookin' about as unpregs as can be (tho, to be fair, at this point it would be hard to tell this early on):

Photo credit: Splash News

In an e-mail to MTV News, Wentz denied reports that surfaced Monday (April 14) on the Web sites of OK! magazine and Us Weekly that he and Simpson, 23, are expecting their first child. "There is a witch hunt for people to be pregnant whenever they get engaged in Hollywood," he wrote. "This is all news to me. I can't wait for the story about how I'm really in a gay relationship and this is all just a cover. ... I mean really, this is crazy. ... I mean we're engaged, that's true, and happy about it." Asked again if he was denying reports that Simpson is pregnant, Wentz, 28, replied, "Yeah." OK! and Us Weekly both cited unnamed sources close to the couple in their stories. OK!, which reports that the baby is due in October, offered as "proof" an account of Ashlee dealing with a "fierce bout of what appeared to be morning sickness" during a lunch at Malibu's Chart House restaurant. "Ashlee would like to walk down the aisle before she's showing," a source told OK! "Although she's very cute the way she's always checking out her belly now and asking everyone, 'Am I showing yet?'" The report then goes on to say that the couple are currently living in Simpson's Hollywood Hills home, but that "they are already talking about finding something more kid-friendly." Us had reported that a source told them Simpson was pregnant shortly after her engagement to Wentz was first announced last week. When asked about the report by MTV News, Simpson's rep replied: "Engaged." On Monday, a spokesperson for the couple added fuel to the speculation by declining to confirm nor deny this week's rumors. "We are thrilled to confirm their engagement and congratulate this happy couple," the rep told MTV News. "Beyond that there is nothing to add."

HMMMM ... well, the good news for Ashlee is that she has a new album due for release in a couple of weeks ... all of this hoopla is sure to help with record sales, at least in the short term. I guess that would be reason enough to get a story like this going in the media -- not that she did this, mind you, I'm just saying. [Source]